5 Fabulous Kitchen Design Ideas

Our favorite looks from French traditional to ultra modern

The kitchen is the nucleus of the home. From morning coffee to after school homework, dinner time to midnight snacks, it’s where we spend much of our time, and we believe the space should be as stylish as it is functional. No matter whether the view from your kitchen is urban cityscape, a lush backyard or the ocean, here’s our favorite looks to inspire your next reno. 

1. Mothershouse, Turks and Caicos

beautifulkitchens_turks-caicos-motherhouse-15Designed by award-winning architect Ron Shaw, this seaside home with its soft white palette lets the turquoise colors of the Turks take center stage. Vaulted ceilings make the room feel spacious, while glass doors and big windows allow plenty of refreshing ocean air to circulate. Simple touches like the teal tiled backsplash and a vase of tropical flowers combine Caribbean flair with simple elegance.
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2. The Boardwalk, Santa Monica

beautifulkitchens)california_theboardwalk_10Just steps away from the Santa Monica Pier, this contemporary space in LA mixes modernity and masculinity for the dream bachelor pad. Exposed brick, glossy wood and rustic stone countertops bring the cool factor, while the large bar-style island – which opens to the home’s sunny courtyard (one of three) – is ideal for entertaining. If you’re musically inclined, a sleek grand piano sits just beyond the dining room for the ultimate in dinner party entertainment.
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3. Riviera Glamour, Cannes 

beautifulkitchens_frenchriviera_be637_09The French know how to eat,  so it’s no surprise they have their kitchen designs down pat too. Riviera Glamour’s stylish, top-grade appliances – from the crimson red chef’s stove to the gold antique faucet – recall traditional French kitchen style in a sleek way. And Champagne flutes and wine glasses are readily available to grab, because all good French chefs enjoy a glass of wine or two while they work their magic.
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4. Mele Kohala, Big Island

beautifulkitchens_bigisland_kohalaranchvilla_15Twenty-foot ceilings, a stunning collection of local artwork and floor-to-ceiling windows are the order of the day at Mele Kohala. In the gourmet family-style kitchen, state-of-the-art appliances and modern finishes complement welcoming and warm decor and an inviting large island. The ocean blue adds a sense of playfulness too, making this kitchen all the more homey. Pancakes for breakfast anyone?
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5. Balinese Retreat, French Riviera

beautifulkitchens_frenchriviera_be419_10If you’re a cook who lacks inspiration, having a view of Cannes from your kitchen island is a surefire way to get you in the mood for a lovely summer meal. Balinese Retreat’s minimalist design and neutral color scheme allow the colorful hues of the sea and sky to shine, while top-of-the-line finishes – from stainless steel to sleek stone countertops – make for the ideal cooking companions.
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Colleen McNamara