Colonial Kitchens

Taking cues from 17th and 18th century designs, colonial kitchens are considered a classic style for many cooking spaces.

French Colonial Kitchen

French Colonial Kitchen

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Tapping into styles from the 17th and 18th centuries, a colonial kitchen is an example of early American classic kitchen design. These kitchens use white cabinetry, understated paint colors, exposed brick walls and natural wood flooring.

Gourmet Kitchens

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Chef's Dream Space

Four work stations, an island with two ovens, eight burners, a griddle, a grill, a salamander, sink and pot filler are just some of the components that support this work-horse of a kitchen. Design by Peter Salerno

Dual Kitchen Islands, Dual Purposes

This gourmet kitchen was designed with two islands: one contains a professional prep area, while the other is dedicated to storage and cooking functions. Design by Phillip Guarino of Arclinea Boston

Photo By: Designer, Philip Guarino

Double Duty

Two is always better than one for the serious cook, and this kitchen is equipped with two sinks and two ovens, providing plenty of space for food prep and cleanup. Designed by SPG Architects

Photo By: Daniel Levin

Extra Refrigerator Space

This over-sized integrated refrigerator provides plenty of storage for fresh produce, meats and cheeses. It's crafted to look like an old-time icebox.

Photo By: Alise O'Brien

Five-Star Gourmet Designs

With its stone island, state-of-the-art appliances and professional-grade hood, this custom-designed kitchen is a gourmet chef's dream.

Photo By: Designer, Shane Inman

Easy-to-Reach Pots and Pans

A hanging pot rack displays high-end copper cookware that is both beautiful and accessible. Design by McKee Patterson, AIA; photography by John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Smart Kitchen Surfaces

This kitchen's stainless steel countertops and backsplash are durable and easy to clean, while the wood floors are easy on the feet. Design by Velvet Hammerschmidt of Velvet Hammerschmidt Designs

Photo By: Designer, Velvet Hammerschmidt

Modern Gourmet

The modern-day gourmet chef would be thrilled to prepare meals in this kitchen, with professional-grade appliances, durable granite countertops and a large island for extra workspace. Design by Rebekah Zaveloff of KitchenLab

Photo By: Designer, Gregory Augustine

Spices on Hand

A dual-fuel six-burner range is a must in any gourmet kitchen. A custom-built shelf, sheathed in copper tiles, holds small cooking items and spices that are easy to grab and add to any culinary masterpiece.

Heavy-Duty Features

This custom-designed kitchen features professional-style appliances and concrete countertops, which are heat resistant and strong enough to resist the wear and tear of heavy use. Design by Rebekah Zaveloff of KitchenLab

Photo By: Designer, Rebekah Zaveloff

For the Baker

A corner pizza oven plus double wall ovens and a warming drawer provide pro-style equipment for baking bread or whipping up a gourmet pizza. Design by Gioi Tran

From: Gioi Tran

Built for Two

Designed to accommodate two cooks, this cozy kitchen is equipped with dual professional-style ranges and plenty of counter space for prep work. Design by Alan Hilsabeck Jr. of Hilsabeck Design Associates, Inc.

From: Alan Hilsabeck, Jr.

Photo By: Designer, Alan Hilsabeck Jr.

Must-Have Oven Combo

Steam ovens combine wet and dry heat to cook at precise temperatures. This appliance has many features for both novice cook and experienced culinary artist.

Pro-Style Kitchen Features

A commercial-grade stainless steel stove adds a restaurant quality to this kitchen, while warm yellow walls and red tile keep the space from feeling cold. Design by Christopher J. Grubb of Arch-Interiors Design Group Inc. Photo by Greg Weiner

Photo By: Designer, Christopher J. Grubb

Stovetop Convenience

A pot filler installed over the stove eliminates the hassle of carrying heavy, water-filled pots across the kitchen.

Multipurpose Sinks

Dual sinks are a handy feature for serious cooks; one sink can be used for food prep, while the other can be used for cleanup. Design by Linda McDougald Design and Postcard from Paris; photography by Rachael Boling

When choosing paint colors for a colonial kitchen, it is important to first consider what color you will be using on the cabinets. Light wood cabinets work in a colonial kitchen, but many designs are complete with cabinets painted in neutral colors, like white, beige and pale yellow. Once you have established your cabinet style, you can begin to determine the color that will be used on the walls. Light green, red, and antique blue are all suitable colors for walls in a colonial kitchen.

If you have the ability to incorporate an exposed brick wall in your design, then this can certainly lend a rustic focal point to your kitchen. Consider using exposed brick behind an oven or sink area. Choose appliances and sink fixtures that are somewhat understated. The original colonial kitchens did not have modern appliances, so these should not be the centerpiece of your kitchen.

Final design elements include chairs with all-American patterns, like red and white gingham, handmade dishes and mugs, and vintage kitchen utensils that can easily be discovered at a flea market or garage sale.

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