See what stylish and functional design ideas our Home and Food editors put on the top of their own dream kitchen wish lists.
Open Floor Plan
Interact with family and guests while putting the finishing touches on your meal. With an open floor plan there’s room for everyone to sit comfortably around the kitchen and in the surrounding living spaces. Read more
Kitchen makeovers remain popular as homeowners continue to invest to create a warm, stylish, comfortable, and efficient heart of the home. In addition to improved aesthetics and organization, kitchen remodels also hold reasonable resale value.
According to Remodeling magazine’s 2011-2012 Cost vs. Value Report, midrange minor kitchen remodels — new countertops, appliances, cabinet fronts, and hardware — have an average national cost just shy of $20,000 and get 72% return on investment. Read more
Kitchen is a cooking area so it should be light and pretty spacious so if you have a small kitchen opt for space-conscious equipment and furniture. If you decided to remodel your kitchen think about the style that will suit it. To make your kitchen a warm nice place with an eating area or joint dining room go with warm tones of country or traditional style. If you don’t mind futuristic atmosphere and glossy surfaces of kitchen equipment and appliances then high-tech and modern style is exactly what you need. Read more
Carter Oosterhouse uses a sustainable building product in a kitchen update.
by Carter Can
Richlite paper-based countertops are a great alternative to stone and plastic surfaces. They are comprised of pulp from trees that are harvested in sustainable forests with closely-managed environmental mandates such as habitat conservation. They come in a variety of colors and options and are mostly stain resistant, scratch resistant and heat resistant. Read more
From granite to copper, finding the perfect countertop is easy with our guide to the most popular materials.
As one of the most popular countertop choices, granite is durable, timeless and scratch- and heat-resistant. While it’s easy-to-clean, it does have to be sealed periodically to protect the natural stone. Read more
We’ve pulled together all sorts of countertop options to incorporate in your great kitchen design.
By Dominique DeVito
Hardwood, stone, or man-made solid-surface countertops offer a number of options for today’s kitchens. Read more
Choosing the right countertop for your kitchen can be a task. Check out the basics of these countertop materials to help you select the right one for your space.
by Farima Alavi
Stainless Steel Countertops
Stainless steel lends a modern look to this stylish kitchen designed by Andreea Avram Rusu. Stainless steel coordinates with any color and is one of the easiest countertop materials to clean — just wipe it with a cloth and mild soap. The most appealing characteristic of this material is its ability to prevent … Read more
With exposure to water, heat, sharp knives, and more, countertops carry a heavy burden in the kitchen. Discover the pros and cons of each countertop material to help you make the right choice for your kitchen.
Natural-Stone Kitchen Countertops
Stone is a durable material that stands up to the tough wear of an active kitchen. Stone’s natural variations in colors and textures make each countertop unique. Read more
Give buyers what they want in the kitchen, from beverage stations to soft geometry.
Kitchen design has reached a new level of integration. The quiet incorporation of the kitchen into the home’s primary living and entertaining rooms provides homeowners with far more flexibility in their lifestyles. Read more