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Interior Design — Pretty Kitchen Makeover On A Budget

Designer Trish Johnston transforms a small family kitchen into a pretty space for a family with two little girls. See how she used glamorous finishes to add personality to every square foot.
Trish describes this bright and airy kitchen as a jewel box. To achieve this look, she painted the existing cabinetry in Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White (CC-40), replaced the countertops with a showstopping Calacatta marble and accessorized with brass and crystal hardware throughout. While the kitchen is small, Trish managed to fit an eat-in zone by extending the peninsula. A powdery shade of light blue on the cabinetry gives the space a dash of color, while an elegant patterned fabric on the blinds and upholstered stools offers an extra touch of opulence.

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20 Beautiful Kitchens With Floating Shelves

by Camille Moore

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If there’s one room in your house that needs plenty of storage space, it’s the kitchen. Beautiful kitchens are a source of pride, and one way to keep your kitchen looking good is to keep it clutter free. But we all know that isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Between dishes, ingredients, and utensils, there are plenty of kitchen items that need a place to go. For people whose homes don’t have pantries, finding a convenient place to store things can get a little difficult. No one wants to clutter their counters with pots, pans, or dishes, but people also want to make sure that all of these items are easily accessible. This is where shelving comes comes in.

Shelves allow you to store your items in a way that reduces clutter but also makes them easy to get to. That all sounds well and good, but you’re probably thinking about how boring and ugly shelves can be. However, floating shelves offer storage and style. These shelves, which appear to be suspended in air, are a great solution for kitchens. If you want to see how amazing these shelves can look, especially in already beautiful kitchens, these examples will give you a taste. Here are 20 beautiful kitchens with floating shelves.

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10 Beautiful Kitchens with Dark Hardwood Floors

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Hardwood is one of the best types of flooring that you can choose for your kitchen. It instantly lends kitchens classic beauty, warmth, and an upscale flair, plus it never goes out of style. Dark hardwood flooring has the potential to have a huge design impact and it will wear well throughout the years — if you have kids or pets, you’ll be thankful to have it. Those who cook or bake often will also find hardwood invaluable when it comes time to clean.

Though there are numerous benefits to going with dark hardwood floors in the kitchen, many homeowners steer away from it because of the perceived design troubles that will follow. Will you have to get dark cabinets to match? Will going too dark with the flooring overwhelm the space? The answer to both questions is “no”, as this type of flooring looks great in kitchens of all sizes and styles. Here are ten beautiful kitchens with dark hardwood floors that will make you want to upgrade your kitchen.

1. Modern farmhouse style

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The finish on the flooring in this kitchen is the perfect match for its laid back, relaxed modern farmhouse style. A varied tile backsplash and white cabinets were chosen to pair with the flooring, and overhead exposed beams featuring dark wood mirror what’s below. Pops of color placed throughout the space keep things interesting and cheery, and the metallic light fixtures in the center of the kitchen are the perfect touch.

2. A grand island

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The only thing more noticeable than the gorgeous dark hardwood floors in this kitchen is the massive island near the middle of it. This would be a dream for anyone who thinks they currently lack counter space, and the many storage nooks and drawers integrated into it provide ultimate convenience. Elsewhere in the room are cabinets that match the style of the island, stainless steel appliances, and white subway tiles.

3. A striking pair

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A bold floor can handle a bold area rug, such as this huge Aztec inspired one. The floor underneath it features a very dark stain, as do the open shelves near the kitchen sink. It was a good idea to choose white cabinets to balance out the color of the flooring, and adding in the area rug was even more brilliant. It’s so lively and vibrant that little else in the way of decoration is needed in this kitchen.

4. Simply chic

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If you like classic, timeless designs that are simple and elegant, you can’t go wrong by choosing dark hardwood floors for your kitchen. As this space shows, it’s the perfect complement for traditional decor. A farmhouse style sink, white cabinetry with clean lines, and gorgeous marble and tile work together to create a kitchen that’s not only attractive but inviting. A few well placed floral arrangements complete the look.

5. Contemporary flair

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Even contemporary kitchens can look amazing with dark hardwood floors, and this one takes it a step further by including cabinets that are dark as well. It’s a daring move that pays off in terms of style. Another standout feature of this kitchen is its coat of rich orange paint, which beautifully complements the tone of the wood. Stainless steel appliances and a large piece of art work tie everything together and keep the design fresh.

6. The perfect mix

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If you can’t decide between whether to go with light or dark cabinets after getting dark hardwood floors, why not choose both? This stunning kitchen has an island with dark cabinets that matches the tone of the wood as well as white ones. The interesting detail is the tops of the cabinetry: the white cabinets feature dark tops while the dark island has a white top. The look is incredibly well balanced and the other fixtures and finishes throughout the space give the kitchen even more style.

7. Casual and relaxed

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The warmth of dark hardwood floors is what makes them so suitable for kitchens with a casual and relaxed vibe. This design is very stylish and trendy, but it’s also a welcoming space that anyone would feel comfortable being in. The tones of the floors, table, and bar stools work well together, and they’re complemented by the style of the light fixtures in the space. Not only does this design look gorgeous, the kitchen is very well organized to make cooking, entertaining, and socializing a breeze.

8. Open and bright

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The floors in this kitchen are quite dark, but it’s a stunning contrast to the gleaming stainless steel, white cabinets, and marble seen elsewhere in the space. A coat of light beige paint and ample sunlight streaming in through the windows allow the kitchen to feel spacious and airy. Vibrant accents in turquoise and shades of green also brighten up the room.

9. Simply well done

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You don’t need a huge kitchen to have dark hardwood floors or to obtain a beautiful look. This kitchen is rather compact, but it’s still well organized, chic, and dripping in style. Its clean look is part of what makes this design so notable, as was the choice to go with slate lower cabinets to contrast with the wood flooring. The upper cabinets are white, but they have slate colored shelves to tie the look together.

If your kitchen is modestly sized, follow the example set in this design and keep it simple on your counters and with your decor. Too much decor will overwhelm the space and look cluttered, but a carefully curated selection of accessories will look fantastic.

10. Beautiful marble

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Marble pairs exceptionally well with dark hardwood floors, as this design shows. The counters and backsplash are a beautiful marble, while the floors have a deep and rich stain. The contemporary space gets a boost from plenty of color placed throughout the room in the form of pottery, and an area rug near the sink adds another element of visual interest. Choosing natural window treatments helped the kitchen look more modern and balanced.

Anything but Boring: The Antidote to All-White Kitchens

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White is huge for kitchens right now: white appliances, white countertops, and especially white cabinets. It’s a clean, uniform, and refreshing look — but it’s not for everyone. If you find yourself craving a little color in the kitchen, take a look at this roundup of 11 kitchens with cabinets in any color but white. If you love the look, it can be as close as a paint job away.

Above: We’re in love with the glossy dark green cabinets in this kitchen fromPeppermint Bliss.

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Red cabinets + blue tile = the opposite of boring. From Desire to Inspire.

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Bright pink cabinets in a cheerful space from Beautiful Kitchens.

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The folks at A Beautiful Mess painted the cabinets in their studio kitchen a bright yellow.

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If you love color but are feeling something a little subtler, let this mint green fromA Beautiful Mess inspire you.

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The kitchen in Allison Burke’s Austin home features these lovely green cabinets.

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Green cabinets + black countertops = a fresh, interesting new look for the kitchen. Photographed by Jonas Ingertedt for Elle Decoration.

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Beautiful blue cabinets in Kristin & Michelle’s Austin home.

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Blue cabinets in a classically styled kichen from Domino.

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Blue cabinets, blue walls and a touch of marble are a smart combination in this kitchen from My Scandinavian Home.

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And finally, a navy blue that’s not quite black in a kitchen from Skona Hem.

(Image credits: Peppermint Bliss; Desire to Inspire; Beautiful Kitchens; A Beautiful Mess; A Beautiful Mess; Adrienne Breaux; Elle Decoration; Domino; My Scandinavian Home; Skona Hem)

10 Ways to Add Personality to Your Kitchen

By Joanna Simmons, Houzz Contributor

One of our favorite spaces in the house, the kitchen can also be one of the most predictable. After all, it typically contains some countertop space, a few appliances and lots of storage. But a little imagination and some inventive styling can softly steer this room toward a look filled with personality. These smart details — some of them integral to the design, some added later — bring a fresh, original feel to a much-loved room.

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1. Add a copper sink. Copper is a hugely popular material, with a long history of use in the kitchen. Often it shows up in pots and pans, but here it’s been fashioned into a sink. More humble than marble and nicely artisanal in feel, a copper sink is an unusual, stylish choice.

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2. Seek out alternative handles. Metal, wood and ceramic are familiar choices for handles and knobs, so going with something a little more unusual will help give your kitchen its own style. Here, leather strap handles blend beautifully with the wooden counter, but it’s the element of surprise they carry that really catches the eye.

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3. Light it up. Kitchens often feature integrated spotlights and task lighting, but adding a more decorative table lamp to a work surface or sideboard can instantly give a very different feel to the room.

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4. Soften stainless steel. Stainless steel is a great material for a countertop and much-used in professional kitchens. This kitchen shows how it can be made to look soft and neat rather than seriously industrial when framed by the plywood trim of the cabinets.

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5. Hang some art. In the quest to make a kitchen practical, we sometimes forget to style it like any other room. Hanging art in the kitchen, close to units and equipment, extends the style found in other areas of the house into this very practical space. The framed painting seen here beautifully matches the cabinets and backsplash.

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6. Make it mirrored. Antiqued mirrored glass brings a softly reflective element to a room and makes a wonderful material for a backsplash. It’s practical and easy to wipe down, but it also boosts the feeling of space and creates depth.

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7. Work with paint. A kitchen with paneled walls is the perfect canvas for a creative paint job. Use paint to create the illusion of a backsplash running around the entire room. You can even include the lower cabinets, as shown here.

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8. Create a cool toe kick. Toe kicks can be something of an afterthought and generally match the cabinets above, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Here, a stainless steel toe kick creates a reflective, almost glowing strip at the base of these wooden units. It’s a nice, subtle contrast of materials.

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Transitional Kitchen by London Interior Designers & Decorators Sigmar

9. Add a vintage piece. Teaming up contemporary and vintage pieces is a mix-and-match approach that works brilliantly in other rooms but isn’t often used in the kitchen. Hanging a vintage display case to supplement built-in contemporary cabinets adds loads of personality, not to mention lovely visual variety.

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Transitional Kitchen by London Interior Designers & Decorators Blakes London

10. Integrate herb storage. Pots of fresh herbs cluttering up your windowsill? Who says they always have to be kept there? A clever alternative is to design an integrated trough into a counter where the herbs can neatly sit. A simple open rack, hung on the wall, is another good alternative.

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