The Year's Best Kitchens: NKBA People's Pick 2014, Extended Gallery

Get inspiration and kitchen design ideas from these stunning, professionally designed kitchens. This special extended gallery includes 36 photos representing nine finalists in the National Kitchen and Bath Association 2014 competition.

Peter Rymwid

The Little Jewel Box

From a small apartment galley kitchen to an elegant little jewel box, this traditional white kitchen has undergone a transformation that completely satisfies the client’s passion for cooking and entertaining.

Peter Rymwid

The Little Jewel Box

The wall between the kitchen and dining area was removed to allow the free flow of natural light into the space. The designer maximizes on storage space by making the best use of the entire room from floor to ceiling.

Peter Rymwid

The Little Jewel Box

The rich cherry wine dessert server functions as an ideal serving area for fine dining and parties. Plus, the pantries on either side are ideally located for food storage.

Peter Rymwid

The Little Jewel Box

The custom antique tin hood, the jewel of the kitchen, serves as the main focal point of the kitchen and is complemented by the custom hand-painted tile backsplash.

Peter Rymwid

The Little Jewel Box

An elegant table centered under a beautiful crystal chandelier makes room for an impeccable dining experience.

Greg Clark Photography LLC

Vogue Meets Vintage

The kitchen in this 1941 cottage was located uncomfortably far from the rest of the house, as a result of unsuccessful home additions. A modern, convenience-enhancing update was just the thing to turn this beautiful kitchen around. In the new, centrally-located kitchen designed for a young couple, the overall aesthetic was inspired by the days of early pioneers.

Greg Clark Photography LLC

Vogue Meets Vintage

Elements such as alligator-patterned porcelain and vintage-style filament light fixtures evoke an antique material vocabulary within a modern design language.

Greg Clark Photography LLC

Vogue Meets Vintage

Dark porcelain plank floors throughout the house emphasize the subtle and natural feel created in the kitchen, while allowing continuity and integration with adjacent rooms.

Greg Clark Photography LLC

Vogue Meets Vintage

Rustic Beech butcher-block and a white farmhouse sink add to the simple but modern feel of the pioneer-style kitchen.

The Modern Marvel

This beautiful white kitchen makes use of all the modern conveniences. The use of pop-up countertop receptacles enables the uninterrupted flow of the glass backsplash. The articulating faucet adds whimsy and fun to the structured design of the kitchen's straight and clean lines.

The Modern Marvel

The ceiling detail embraces the depth of the pot light and adds lightness and interest to the space.

The Modern Marvel

Special features such as long lift-up hardware, compact European appliances, white quartz countertops, demi-high units housing the oven and microwave, an integrated refrigerator, a compact wall-mounted wine chiller and grain match veneer give this kitchen the finishing edge.

The Timeless Amethyst

A family of four that loves to entertain wanted a modern yet warm kitchen that featured two work zones, good storage options for point-of-use-essentials and other state-of-the-art features. Working from an architectural plan for a yet-to-be constructed new home, the designer relocated the planned entrance and walk-in-pantry to cater to the clients’ wish-list.

The Timeless Amethyst

The central double-sided island topped with striated, chunky back-beveled marble adds true wow factor to the space.

The Timeless Amethyst

The wood floor insert and the wood-clad back wall create a focal “C” with the wood-dropped ceiling, which provides an area for pendant lights.

The Timeless Amethyst

The muted aubergine background offsets the warmth of the walnut cabinetry and offers a striking contrast to the lava stone floor and white accents.

The Timeless Amethyst

The kitchen features separate clean-up and preparation areas. The taller appliances are placed along the back wall between the partially recessed pocket doors that lead to the pantry and mud room.

Sands of Time

In this neutral transitional kitchen a soft oatmeal color scheme and Asian design elements define the space. Light oatmeal cabinets are complimented with dark cherry accents. The hood flaunts a custom stainless design and the backsplash boasts a beautiful sculpted-limestone tile.

Sands of Time

The kitchen countertops feature Mother of Pearl with a fossilized brown limestone on the coffee station.

Sands of Time

The floating beams unify the ceilings and the parallel track lighting to bring the space together harmoniously. The kitchen has a spacious open cooking area, a central prep zone and an additional coffee station for a household that loves its caffeine!

Sands of Time

The kitchen’s originality, prehistoric shells, fossils and all, make the clients one happy family.

Brandon Barre

English Cottage Charm

Influenced by an English cottage design, this blue traditional kitchen emphasizes the quaint and soft details of that style.

Brandon Barre

English Cottage Charm

The hood mantel center arch is recessed with an added plate rail displaying the client’s antique collection. Leaded glass doors on either side of the hood mantel create depth and add soft light.

Brandon Barre

English Cottage Charm

The cabinetry was designed to be slightly deeper than the average to mimic traditional furniture also maximizes upper and lower storage.

NKBA People's Pick 2014 Contest Entry Brandon Barre

English Cottage Charm

With the exposed face framing around the drawers and doors adds texture and a handcrafted flare.

Brandon Barre

English Cottage Charm

The steel-blue solid maple cabinets, modern floral pillows decorating the eating area, splashes of strong pink, and the hand-painted backsplash tiles give an artistic quality to this kitchen.

Brandon Barre

English Cottage Charm

Flaunting excellent craftsmanship and wonderful English cottage detailing, this kitchen is a feast for the eyes.

David McFadden - Past Basket, Inc. ©2013 Past Basket, Inc.

The King's Feast

This green industrial kitchen is ideal for quick family meals or large social gatherings. The work zone is anchored by an outer island which provides a transition, storage and seating. The dish and glass storage is supplemented by 42” base cabinets. The outer island counter overhang, supported by a custom steel post, is designed to resemble the ceiling trusses.

David McFadden - Past Basket, Inc. ©2013 Past Basket, Inc.

The King's Feast

The round hood stack over the cabinets adds gorgeous detail to the cooking area. Refrigerator drawers in the island make for a tight prep triangle and strategically placed matching cabinetry in the pantry conceals more shelving.

David McFadden - Past Basket, Inc. ©2013 Past Basket, Inc.

The King's Feast

Other special features such as polished concrete flooring, stone and wood walls, exposed trusses and vaulted ceiling add to the grandeur of this kitchen that is perfectly crafted for a modern-day feast.

Joshua Lawrence Studios INC Joshua Lawrence Studios Inc. 2012

Party in the Penthouse

Who wouldn’t want to party in this dramatic penthouse kitchen with a panoramic view of the sprawling cityscape? This modern white kitchen's open layout is ideal for entertaining. Its plan separates lounging and socializing areas from the prepping and serving zones, yet remains unified as a space.

Joshua Lawrence Studios INC Joshua Lawrence Studios Inc. 2012

Party in the Penthouse

The centrally located sink is seamlessly integrated into a custom-made stainless steel cube, situated between two high-gloss white peninsulas. A raised floating china cabinet with custom grain and oiled Rose veneer, contrasts with the high gloss finishes of the surrounding cabinetry.

Joshua Lawrence Studios INC Joshua Lawrence Studios Inc. 2012

Party in the Penthouse

The dark Basalt tile flooring provides this bright and open space with a strong foundation. The tall cabinetry wall is divided into equal door widths and houses a walk-in pantry, refrigerator, freezer, breakfast pantry and a hidden TV. Party anyone?

By the Serene Seaside

Optimizing functionality is central to the design of this white coastal style kitchen. The cooking zone showcases a stainless farmhouse sink in the island, located just a few steps from the cooktop and the refrigerator.

By the Serene Seaside

The clean-up zone features an elevated dishwasher in the main island allowing easy loading and unloading. A twin bin waste pull-out is conveniently located to the right side of the sink. A second island with a small entertaining sink and under-counter refrigerator provides a perfect space for an intimate family gathering.

By the Serene Seaside

Two wall cabinets for dish and glass storage are balanced on either side of the casement windows and a combined pantry and display storage is located on the back wall behind the island areas. The two-tone cabinetry is complemented by Blue Celeste marble tops and iridescent glass backsplash tile. A spectacular ocean view serves as the perfect backdrop for this breathtaking kitchen.

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