Everyone would like a functional and fabulous looking kitchen so when you get a chance to remodel or build a new kitchen it’s a very exciting prospect! It can be stressful but look for ideas to define your functional needs and style before you begin.  A kitchen designer can help.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

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1.  This contemporary kitchen has all the function and simplicity you could want and doesn’t forget  contrasts for drama.  The bar stools are the jewelery that give it life.

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2.  Designer Linda Floyd has used lots of details to add character to this traditional kitchen.  What a great island with the lead top and Parisian style glass display shelves!

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3.  The entrance to this Craftsman style kitchen sets the mood and expectations before you even enter.  There is room to display lots of your treasures inside the lighted glass cabinets.

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4.  If you don’t really want to show off your every day dishes but still want glass cabinets – try frosted glass.  It adds a light airy feeling without revealing too much.

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5.  Custom cabinets add lots of pzazz.  In this kitchen they are only used in the hood area but impact the whole style of the room.

end_panels_&_nailheads-resized-6006.  The decorative end panels on the island and nail head trim on the bar stools give this kitchen a real finely furnished room feeling.  The dining room sized lamp over the island helps add to the effect.

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7.  Dramatic flooring ups the design factor significantly.  This dining table serves double duty as a secondary island too.  Did you notice the creative hood?  Of course a crystal chandelier adds the bling.

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8.  Adding some round and curved shapes to the kitchen brings it to a new level!

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9.  The cooktop or range is often the focal point in a kitchen so be sure to highlight it.

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10.  Here is a more architectural carved stone hood by my friend Suzanne at Zenique Designs

There are lots of details to be considered when designing a kitchen and the details make all the difference between ending up with an OK kitchen and one that is fabulous!