Kitchen Designs From NKBA 2011 Finalists

Add the look of luxury to your remodel with these stunning kitchen design ideas from NKBA 2011 finalists.

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Photo By: Dana Jones, Designer; Photo by Armen Asadorian Photography

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Classic Harmony

The addition of extra lighting and the removal of a pantry and soffits transformed this once-cramped space. The china cabinet features an inset made of window screening sandwiched between acrylic sheets. Touches of stainless balance warm-hued cabinetry and natural oak flooring. The range's stainless feet are duplicated on adjacent base cabinets. Design by Chris Novak Berry. Photo by Alise O'Brien

Quaint and Contemporary

This turn-of-the-century kitchen was reinvented without sacrificing the quaint authenticity of the time period in which it was constructed. Painstakingly restored, original Carolina pine wood floors complement a mix of distressed hickory and antiqued maple featured on inset cabinetry doors. Honed black ash granite countertops, a maple beadboard backsplash, original brass spring hinges and push plates, and a hammered copper sink exude care-worn yet contemporary style. An exposed-brick wall, an original swinging door that leads to the dining room and an antique buffet-turned-food-prep island are the space's finishing touches. Design by Rose Marie Carr. Photo by Peter Rymwid

Nature's Serenity

The open space features an appealing succession of components, beginning with horizontal-grain bamboo cabinetry. Narrow glass tiles form a vibrant backsplash. A furniture-style dish cabinet provides a contrasting anchor, and upper shoji panels continue the Japanese design story. The cook wall's windows offer light and ventilation, while obscuring the view of a neighboring home. Design by Dana Jones. Photo by Armen Asadorian Photography

Fun at Its Finest

The clients' passion for wine and hosting friends was at the core of their request for an updated kitchen. An island with multiple levels allows the hosts to prepare and serve food while visiting with guests. The homeowners' request for wine storage resulted in a full-length wine refrigerator. The Shaker-style, rich chocolate cabinetry acts as a soft ally to a sleek horizontal-tile backsplash. Standout features include quartz and honed-marble countertops. Design by Anastasia Rentzos. Photo by Averill Lehan/PAI Photography

Tropical Treasure

Although it lacks the seaside location, guests in this pool-house kitchen are sure to feel tropical breezes stirred by a slow-turning fan and hear ocean waves through an open window. The open plan is designed for entertaining, with a vibrant color palette selected by the homeowners. Dark-stained ceiling beams, a tall plaster hood extending to the 13-foot ceiling and Spanish-inspired backsplash tile bring a Mediterranean touch to the eclectic space. An under-counter wine cooler, refrigerator drawers and ice maker are some of the high-capacity appliances that ensure convenience. Cabinetry, distressed by a local artisan, complements the palette and design style. Design by James E. Howard. Photo by Alise O'Brien Photography

French Country Classic

Originating with the classic French palette of blue and butter cream, this grand yet comfortable space is the outcome of immaculate and impressive attention to the finest detail in design and product selection. Ten-foot cabinets visually lower the expansive ceiling with dramatic truss-style beams. A chandelier, an antiqued copper and carved-stone hood and two massive islands are balanced by a warm walnut island top, wood flooring, creamy hues and aged and glazed cabinetry. The kitchen contains two sinks, two dishwashers and two trash compartments. A butler's pantry holds two refrigeration units, a sink, a dishwasher and a trash pullout. Design by James E. Howard. Photo by Alise O'Brien Photography

Hacienda Home

Standout structural and decorative elements such as arched entryways and openings, exposed ceiling beams and wrought-iron fixtures with authentic detailing set the tone for this sunny, comfortable and expansive hacienda-style kitchen. Requirements of the clients were fulfilled in a large preparation area for her, convenient access to the breakfast prep space for him, as well as an overall user-friendly approach for the children. Story: This kitchen features meticulous detail: wall niches to house cabinets, a cozy sitting area with a fireplace, custom carved cabinetry, reclaimed terra cotta pavers, custom painted backsplash tile and skylights situated between reclaimed wood ceiling beams. A custom marble-topped furniture piece is a convenient partner to the baking area. Design by Cheryl Hamilton-Gray. Photo by Preview First Photography

Honest Architecture

This project was inspired by the honest architecture and style inherent in the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. The empty-nester homeowners wanted a kitchen that’s in keeping with this prevailing theme and one that would be convenient for entertaining. Mahogany cabinets with strong heavy horizontal lines, granite countertops coupled with mahogany tops on accent pieces and contrasting bamboo cabinets on the perimeter island command attention. Varying surface heights add horizontal visual interest. Single side-by-side and elevated ovens counterbalance the L-shaped cooking island. A walk-in pantry with double sliding doors accommodates every need. The guest-friendly space offers several seating and dining options as well as a wraparound wet bar. Design by Terri Schmidt. Photo by Edmunds Studios Photography

Sleek and Simple Palette

This clean, sleek penthouse kitchen is anchored by gleaming dark wood flooring paired with a palette of stainless steel, gray anodized aluminum, black oak and warm alder-veneer wood. Horizontal lines create a sculptural effect and can be seen throughout in the stainless steel handles, the veneers, the wine-storage shelves and the 9-centimeter-thick edge of a prominent alder countertop. Panels top every detail and conceal cabinetry. A floating buffet and horizontal hood suspended above the cooktop complete the look. Design by William Landeros. Photo by Ron Ruscio Photography

Log-Cabin Living

This circa-1820s cabin with an unspoiled river view to one side and lush woods on the other has received not only an update but an upgrade in terms of luxury and lifestyle as well. The space includes wide pine-wood flooring paired with natural limestone flooring and walls, mahogany cabinetry with mesquite cabinet center-panel accents and typhoon-green honed-granite countertops. Hard-working storage is incorporated in a walk-in pantry, and two refrigerator freezers and double-sided extra-deep peninsula cabinets easily accommodate entertaining. Design by Chris Novak Berry. Photo by Alise O'Brien Photography

Feng Shui Function and Form

The double octagonal ceiling above an octagonal island follows feng shui principles. Red-stained maple cabinetry, including a lattice-door china hutch, offers storage space. The cooking area is framed by granite columns and boasts a mosaic of cherry blossoms against a rising sun. Antique shoji screens anchor the prep area. Stainless hardware, fixtures and appliances create a balance between contemporary and traditional Asian styles. A wood carving of the Chinese symbol of prosperity completes the design. Design by Elina Katsioula-Beall

Contemporary Vintage

Maple cabinetry features wide-railed shaker doors and simple crown molding. The large furniture-style island is unobtrusive with an open front and decorative legs. A super white granite slab top offers a stunning focal point and complements gray quartz countertops. White marble slabs comprise the backsplash tile. An integrated china cabinet, original to the circa-1910 home, contrasts with a contemporary-style hood. Large globe pendants add a vintage touch. Design by Jane Lockhart. Photo by Brandon Barre Photography