10 Most Popular Kitchens
1. Color Block Kitchen
White paint and glass doors on the upper cabinets brighten the kitchen in our 2011 Showhouse kitchen in Norfolk, Virginia, while the polyurethane finish on the cabinets below stands up to wear and tear without chipping. The deep blue recycled ceramic-tile backsplash and durable enameled cast iron cookware echo the shades in the adjacent living and dining spaces as well as the bay. Designer Phoebe Howard added nautical touches, like a framed ship on the counter and oar above the pass-through, for a beachy touch. Watered-down gray paint gives the wide-plank oak floors a worn, weathered finish that's as beautiful as it is durable.
2. Retro Turquoise Kitchen
Big Chill appliances in punchy turquoise set the scene for this Caribbean hue-inspired kitchen, where the homeowners selected square glass mosaic tiles in varying sizes and complimentary blues. Select upper cabinets got a rustic touch with wire fronts, while open shelving below allows colorful collectibles to be displayed, bringing in even more pops of turquoise to the space. Otherwise, the space is clean and bright, thanks to white cabinets and shiplap walls. The island—and pass-through topped with a bar-height countertop (on the left)—gives the kitchen an “everyone’s welcome” vibe.
3. Colorful Lowcountry Kitchen
The open kitchen of this Lowcountry cottage was almost too classic, with its white cabinetry, vintage-inspired beaded board, and industrial oven, hood, and backsplash, but with its white backdrop and high ceilings, the homeowners knew they could get away with a surprising touch. Marsh green paint applied to the original wood floors turned out to be just the right touch and inspired the patterned roman shades and antique botanical print over the wooden bar cart. A tangerine door finishes the lovely look.
4. Rustic Cottage Kitchen
White walls, open shelves, a pine island, and plenty of white and natural-toned accents make this kitchen an inviting and laidback space. The large island provides plenty of storage, thanks to layers of shelving underneath, while the light fixture above adds a nautical touch. The farmhouse dining table is surrounded by directors chairs covered in striped, seaglass-hued fabric for a beachy look. The homeowner’s pig cutting board collection is on display above the sink.
5. Bright Teal Backsplash Kitchen
How do you hold your own against an ocean view this stellar? With warm, mod cabinets; bold, teal glass subway tile; and all-white everything else. A trio of punched metal cabinet doors give this kitchen an unexpected ornate touch, and the simple tile floor makes sure nothing competes with the view. The extra-long gas range proves this kitchen is as hardworking as it is stunning, and that it’s ready to play host to plenty of hungry, beach-loving guests.
6. Teal-Painted Kitchen Cabinets
This Abaco, Bahamas, kitchen feels like a vacation. Starting with the view (white sand, palm trees, and blue sky), the space has “island getaway” written all over it. The open cabinets are painted teal, making white dishes pop (and easy for guests to find what they’re looking for). Wooden countertops give the space a homey feel, and a collection of antique birdcages and nautical charts call out the room’s high ceilings. The extra-long island means this light-filled space is a favorite hangout both before and after a day of sandy fun.
7. Renovated Nantucket Kitchen
The kitchen in this renovated Nantucket cottage gets extra points for its fun and family-friendly chalkboard, where kids can draw and parents can record needed grocery items. The perfect-for-a-crowd island was constructed using salvaged wooden legs and a butcher block top. The kitchen exemplifies homeowner and designer Elizabeth Georgantas’ rustic-meets-clean look, with strap-hinge cabinet hardware from Period furniture hardware, a La Cornue range, and a Calcutta gold marble backsplash.
8. Carriage House Kitchen
This galley kitchen (in the carriage house of our 2011 Showhouse in Norfolk, Virginia) is the epitome of small but mighty. With its rich navy cabinets and bright subway tile backsplash, it’s also one heck of a looker. Plain-Jane cabinetry gets a luxurious look with navy blue paint in this super-functional galley kitchen. The openness of the shelves offers easy access to everyday items such as dishes and stemware. The irregular texture of the glazed white bricks on the backsplash is a rustic twist on porcelain subway tile.
9. Outdoor Kitchen/Bar
While this stunner isn’t a full-blown kitchen per se, it is quite an impressive set-up for being out in the elements. With its shimmery tile backsplash, open shelving, mini fridge, wine fridge, and slate floor tiles, it’s a no brainers of a hangout for a breezy evening by the sea. Is it cocktail hour yet?
10. Ocean-Inspired Kitchen Cabinets
Atlanta-based Designer Carter Kay started with the tile in this DeBordieu, South Carolina, kitchen, and the color inspired the palette for the entire house. A hint of iridescent shimmer sets off the blue cabinetry and sandy trim and ceiling. A light-blue shade on the cabinets and island complements the sea-inspired backsplash and softens stainless steel appliances and dark countertops and floors.