We’ve featured some lovely kitchens in home & Home, however the most unforgettable ones all have something in common: a standout function that elevates the entire space. Here are 10 kitchen area style concepts that break the mold of conventional kitchen area design, as well as breathe new life into the heart of your home.

Think beyond the classic, all-white kitchen area as well as accept rich, saturated hues. In this spacious Toronto home, designers Natalie Hodgins as well as Kate Stuart of Sarah Richardson style show the power of going bold. Burnt-orange barstools pick up the combination of exotic rugs, while the showstopping blue La Cornue stove as well as hood is accented by a coordinating navy ceiling as well as dining chair upholstery.

Photographer: Stacey Brandford

Designer: Sarah Richardson Design

Great tilework doesn’t have to be restricted to the backsplash. In this open-concept kitchen, designers Sarah Keenleyside as well as Lindsay Konior covered an entire wall, including the variety hood, in a traditional train tile — an concept they borrowed from dedicated restaurant kitchens. “Chefs commonly requirement to hose down the entire space after a night’s service, so tile will be utilized floor to ceiling,” Sarah says. “These homeowners like to cook as well as entertain, so when we suggested a completely tiled wall, including the hood, they just liked it.”

Photographer: Valerie Wilcox

Designer: Qanūk Interiors

Black-framed, bistro-style shelves are popping up in much more as well as much more kitchens these days — as well as in unforeseen places! Mounted snugly under upper cupboards or layered atop counters, they produce screen area as well as keep surfaces clear for food prep. We like exactly how their clean, minimalist lines impart a lightweight look, balancing out walls of closed cabinetry, while the inky frames lend meaning to mainly white spaces.

Photographer: Valerie Wilcox

Designer: Qanūk Interiors

Though they’re a lovely choice for highlighting standout dishes, open shelves in the kitchen area aren’t useful for everyone. These spectacular wall-to-wall cupboards in fashion designer Jenni Kayne’s Beverly Hills house are a wise compromise, avoiding dust from building up, while providing lots of space for display. Their rich wood interiors contrast with the white lacquer doors for added visual impact.

Photographer: Lisa Romerein, Otto

Designer: Jenni Kayne

This look puts a cool, somewhat vintage twist on the ever-popular flat-front cabinet. In this new York kitchen area developed by Nilus de Matran, thin, increased edges provide the oak cupboards an appealing mid-century contemporary vibe. A crisp, white inset work area is one more fresh component.

Photographer: Courtesy of Nilus Designs

Designer:  Nilus Designs

If you like to entertain, making space for a full-service bar in your kitchen area makes sense. It can be a function all on its own, particularly when dynamic wallpaper is in the mix. This bar configuration by Vero Beach, Florida, designers Ashley Waddell as well as Courtney Whatley is played up with walls papered in a quite ikat print as well as an range of captivating glassware.

Photographer: Jessica Klewicki Glynn

Designer: Olivia O’Bryan

The issue with open-plan kitchens is that the cooking area is always on screen — even when it’s splattered with sauce. This multifunctional space in Sydney, Australia, goes a much more discreet route, transforming from useful kitchen area to smooth entertaining area with the slide of two panelled doors.

Photographer: Nicole England

Designer: Darren Genner, Minosa Design

In expert kitchens, “hot” as well as “cold” work zones are clearly delineated to enable chefs to relocation as well as work together with ease. The designers at ensemble design emulated this very practical design in the kitchen area of this Brooklyn, new York, brownstone, dividing the space into an island developed for cooking, as well as a separate counter that’s designated for washing as well as chopping.

Photographer: Dustin Aksland, Otto

Designer: Elizabeth Roberts, Josh Lekwa as well as Jessica Gould, ensemble Architecture, DPC

As an alternate to stainless steel, handsome stone farmhouse sinks pack a major punch. Whether it’s a dark, high-contrast choice or soft as well as tonal, natural materials lend richness as well as depth to a kitchen. just see the petite, yet captivating sink in this West Village, new York, house developed by Steven Gambrel (left), or the distressed granite version in James M. Davie’s Toronto home.

Photographer: Eric Piasecki, Otto (left), Angus Fergusson

Designer: Steven Gambrel (left), James M. Davie

Try turning a broom wardrobe or nook into a bespoke pantry to showcase your preferred preserves, specialty oils as well as daily essentials. We’re especially influenced by Kate Hume as well as Frans van der Heijden’s Belgian modern-style larder. Its clean design, total with double glass pocket doors, makes a powerful impression. other standout features to think about including: a separate fridge, a contrasting color interior, or applying strong tile or patterned wallpaper to the inside.

Photographer: Frans van der Heijden

Designer: Kate Hume as well as Frans van der Heijden

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