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
by Sandra Rousseau
Because of their functionality and versatility, kitchen islands with seating have become must-haves for more and more homeowners. With the addition of seating, an island becomes so much more than just a prep surface. It becomes a breakfast or dinner table, laptop computer nook, homework desk, and a bar for mixing drinks when entertaining. To successfully design an island with a seating area, follow these tried-and-true guidelines form the professionals at the National Kitchen and Bath Association and This Old House. Read more
Take a lesson from these kitchens that efficiently use a U-shape layout to maximize storage and work space.
A pass-through made this U-shape kitchen feel boxy and closed in. But by removing the cabinets above the peninsula, the kitchen was revived. With no other demolition or construction needed, the rest of the kitchen remodel focused on adding a unique and personalized touch to the cookie-cutter kitchen. 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
Kitchen islands are the most frequently requested kitchen-design element in homes. There is an array of kitchen design options, islands are incredibly versatile, expand your workspace and infuse your kitchen with personality.
by Donna Peak
Just as they’re one of the most sought-after vacation spots, islands are now the most frequently requested kitchen-design element. With the vast array of design options out there, kitchen islands can be incredibly versatile, expand your workspace and infuse your kitchen with personality. So take a tour. The adventure’s about to begin. Read more
The kitchen can be the most difficult room to redesign — it’s easy to underestimate how much renovations will cost, and even easier to get frustrated by unforeseen complications. Enter the DIY Network’s hit show Kitchen Impossible, where expert carpenter and electrician Marc Bartolomeo helps homeowners create the kitchen of their dreams. Bartolomeo teamed up with Good Housekeeping to help newlyweds Eric and Kathryn Hollenbeck update their kitchen for their growing family. Use their simple tricks from this video episodeto transform your space and add resale value to your home.
by Stefania Sainato
Before Shot: Dismal Dining Space
With wallpaper in a haphazard print, an old-fashioned floor, and a ho-hum dining area, the Hollenbecks’ sparse kitchen looks far from homey. The only positive attribute of this space is the abundant light from the two windows. Read more
If your kitchen is big enough then you definitely should have a kitchen island there. That’s a great thing that adds storage, place to cook, place to eat and many other things. Typically such islands can be found in open kitchens but you can istall it on any kitchen that have some space for it. Kitchen islands become popular about 50 years ago so nowadays they are quite sophisticated and you can find ideas to design an island that fits any of your needs. Here is a bunch of such ideas that we gathered in one place to help you find a proper inspiration. Enjoy! Read more