Cook up some ideas for your own home with a dash of inspiration from these bright spaces.
Writer Bradley Nesbitt
1 of 10Photographer J. Savage Gibson,
Mosaic tiles are a staple of island style. Bump up the Jamaican vibe a notch by using ocean blue and palm green hues throughout. Bamboo accessories such as the sconces and cabinet pulls add pops of island-inspired sophistication.
2 of 10Photographer Dominique Vorillon,
Mixing vintage finds with modern staples instantly creates character with lasting appeal. White cabinetry and tile allow style essentials to shine like the vibrant pottery and powder-coated metal barstools. For heavy traffic areas, use a patterned runner to protect your floor and punch up your space with color and texture.
3 of 10Photographer Tria Giovan,
Mother of pearl tiles are the perfect way to do boho-chic in a kitchen. Metallic brass appliances contrast the creaminess of the pearl inlay for balance, and overhead lights with milk glass shades lend the feel of an old parlor revived to its former glory.
4 of 10Photographer Roger Davies,
Outside the Box
Cut costs on decorating spaces by reimagining new homes for pieces you already own. For instance, an old apothecary chest is a rich, charming substitute for countertops and cabinetry. Instead of using a curtain rod, use pegs for an inexpensive, cottage-y choice. Old naval pendants make an ideal beach-house light fixture―so utilitarian, yet fabulous and nautical.
5 of 10Photographer Roger Davies,
The living room isn’t the only place to show off favorite trinkets. Instead of cabinets, try open shelves to display objects and for easy access to everyday ware. Your collectibles will shine best if the appliances are neutral in color and simplistic in design. Complete the look with a punchy piece of art― contemporary and abstract styles work best, like this Indian ink piece.
6 of 10Photographer Richard Leo Johnson,
The nostalgia of a soda fountain brings out the kid in all of us. Get the look by using retro appliances in vibrant shades, like this turquoise. Milk glass pendants trimmed in the same aqua hue and leather-covered stools add the finishing touches. Modern mosaics keep the kitchen looking vintage cool and not dated.
7 of 10Photographer J. Savage Gibson,
Give your kitchen what it really needs: a good pedicure. All it takes is two thick coats of paint on a tired floor for an instant makeover that doesn’t require a major overhaul. Keep the rest of your look clean and simple so the bold floor can do all the talking.
8 of 10Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn,
Simplicity is the name of the game when you’re working with a contemporary space. Minimize clutter on counters by maximizing wall space with textured cabinetry. Three bare boards are all you need for added display without blocking natural light.
9 of 10Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn,
Recapture the essence of the good ole days with a few simple decorating tips. Switch out drywall for beaded board. Trade in your stainless steel sink for an old farmhouse version. And sand off a few coats of paint from your cabinetry for a well-loved feel.
10 of 10Photographer Colleen Duffley,
Calm, Cool, and Collected
Nautical chrome pendants and steel chairs add practicality to this airy space. Choose colors in hazy shades like this pool blue and warm vanilla to keep the room from looking fussy. The oversize island adds counterspace so there’s plenty of room for several cooks in the kitchen.