Best of Designers' Portfolio: Kitchens

We've chosen our 20 favorite kitchen designs. From traditional to modern, elegant to cozy and casual, these rooms are true hearts of the home.

  • dining room blends modern with southwestern flair

    This kitchen blends modern furnishings and colors with Southwestern-style architecture. Fresh citron yellow and green work well with the espresso chunky wood table made from reclaimed wood. Design by Amy Bubier.

  • modern kitchen utilizes reflective stainless steel

    The custom-designed kitchen cabinets and islands are made of Wenge wood with CaesarStone countertops and feature glass-tile backsplash and GE appliances. Design by Daniel Bodenmiller.

  • vaulted ceilings highlight kitchen

    This casual comfortable kitchen combines many elements in a very small space. The mahogany island top helps to tie together the wood elements in the kitchen while the marble tile backsplash adds elegance to the design. The work triangle is compact yet very functional for an avid cook. Design by Gail Drury.

  • White-colored cabinetry mixed with stained maple lends a light, airy look to this traditional kitchen. An angled window wall work area draws natural light while a graceful arch and an artistic hood set the stage for everyday culinary drama. Design by Gail Drury.

  • country kitchen with slate blue cabinets

    The denim-blue painted cabinets and wood beadboard backsplash add a punch of warmth to this kitchen. Meanwhile the stainless steel appliances, accessories and island top add a modern touch to the space. Design by Candice Olson.

  • custom enameled cabinetry is unique kitchen design

    Green-veined quartzite countertops were paired with custom enameled cabinetry to create this dream kitchen. Bejeweled pendants and a hand-forged iron chandelier provide accent illumination. The fabric on the upholstered enameled barstools was chosen to accentuate the pale Kelly green walls and ceiling color. Design by Shelly Riehl David.

  • wood and tumbled slate provide natural balance

    Combining natural elements such as the tumbled slate backsplash and organically shaped wood bar with sleek, modern stainless steel appliances created the perfect balance of hip and cozy in this modern country kitchen. Design by Judith Balis.

  • beautiful french country gourmet kitchen

    Glazed French-country cabinetry graces this large gourmet kitchen. The butcher-block-and-granite island is an eye-catching element that melds form with function. The stone flooring adds a dynamic dimension to the space. Design by Jackie Glisson.

  • A breakfast bar and an eight-foot-long island take care of quick meals while the octagonal cupola houses the main dining area. Cherry cabinetry marries with Madura Gold granite for a warm look. Design by Phyllis Harbinger.

  • traditional kitchen with all around style

    Two islands allow for efficient circulation in this kitchen and make smart use of the available space. Photo by Rick Brazil. Design by Amy Levine-Hammer.

  • The unique color on the birch cabinets features a hand-applied painted sheen, which allows a hint of the natural wood grain to peek through. Intricate moldings and corbels give the cabinets a high-end furniture look. Design by Dave Stimmel.

  • The rich cherry cabinets, wood butcher block and breakfast top at the island contrast with the metallic finish and stainless steel appliances, providing both beauty and function for both the culinary chef and the pastry chef through the creation of two separate but integrated work zones. Design by Alan Hilsabeck, Jr.

  • contemporary kitchen features bamboo floors

    This kitchen area is part of an open-plan arrangement in a sun-filled home off the Potomac River. A minimally dropped ceiling defines the kitchen work area, with its breakfast bar right off the dining and living rooms. Design by Andreas Charalambous.

  • converted kitchen and dining space

    Two rooms and a screened-in porch were joined together for this beautiful kitchen in Washington, D.C. Photograph by Greg Weiner. Design by Christopher J. Grubb.

  • high end entertaining kitchen

    Bulthaup cabinets, high-end appliances and a scrutinized layout provide efficiency while treasured heirlooms and antique French tiles make this space an inviting center of the home. Photograph by Hyunjung Bay. Design by Van Tullis.

  • The double-stack hood serves as the focal point of this soft, contemporary kitchen and the glass-tile backsplash makes for a sparkling backdrop. The combination of light and dark stain colors with an oversized island top give this kitchen an Asian appeal. Design by Gail Drury.

  • extraordinary stainless steel kitchen

    Dark wood base cabinets are combined with metal and glass upper cabinets to create a transition from heavy to light. Stainless steel countertops further enhance this transition, while also tying in the appliances with the cabinets. Photo by Maxwell Mackenzie. Design by Rouzita Vahhabaghai.

  • kitchen renovation creates space

    European cabinetry in glass and steel give the space a modern flair. Quartz countertops extend to create a breakfast area that becomes a buffer between the actual working kitchen and the living room with glass pendants above. Photo by Geoffrey Hodgdon. Design by Andreas Charalambous.

  • The high ceiling creates a problem and provides an opportunity. A solution is needed to bring the visual scale into balance and to place lighting where needed. The creative ceiling grid acts as a utility chase and provides general lighting. Design by Steve Appolloni.

  • kitchen renovation has country design

    Custom faux-finished cabinetry in a shade of blue with cloisonne makes this kitchen feel a little bit country and eclectic. Design by Jill E. Hertz.

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