These days the most central room for everyday living is the kitchen. No longer just a room where food is prepared, today’s modern kitchen is a multi-use hub of the household as a gathering place for the family and guests, as well as a workspace for a home office or school. In this age of virtual appointments, meetings, classes, and social engagements your kitchen may now be visible on display to more people than ever before. This makes the kitchen the ideal room in your home to reflect your personal taste. Check out these kitchen design ideas to find your own recipe for style.

Farmhouse

Make the kitchen the heart of your home with modern farmhouse charm. High beam ceilings and rustic materials make a farmhouse house kitchen feel like the heart of your home. Retro-style appliances and devices combine modern sensibilities with bygone days of a simpler lifestyle. Consider a dual-oven range with six burners and a griddle for preparing hearty meals for your hungry household or entertaining guests. Blend in a serve-yourself wet bar to keep too many cooks out of the kitchen yet keep the gathering close and cozy around a large kitchen island.

City Townhouse

For a sophisticated urban vibe, turn your kitchen into a posh West Village retreat. You’ll feel like all of Manhattan is beckoning outside your door with warm, natural lighting from skylights and large sun-facing windows with a view of window box greenery and a patio container garden. A large well-equipped kitchen with top-tier appliances and American back walnut and marble illuminated by contemporary light fixtures such as elegant pendants and industrial chic chandeliers. Hide the tacky clutter away with floor-to-ceiling cupboards and niches for sleek, functional storage.

Old World

Think stone castle with a modern twist with arches and columns around windows, sink area, and doorways. Create this style with distressed, matte finishes such as faux plaster and classic architectural elements. Everything is on a grand scale and craftsmanship is key with thick wood exposed beams, natural stone and granite, and perhaps with cherry wood floors and free-standing walnut furniture. Incorporate rich hues of amber, reds, and blues. A fireplace, iron forged pot racks, copper aged patina fixtures will take you back to the times of ancient history, yet with modern conveniences as black appliances will blend into this setting to create meals fit for a king.

Mediterranean

Bring sweeping ocean vistas to the imagination even if you’re nowhere near the ocean. Open concept with pocket doors and high ceiling beams accentuate height and space for an airy feel. You can almost smell the sea breeze with strategic use of terracotta and Tuscan-style, medium tone wood flooring. Black cabinetry with white marble countertops and hand-painted tile accents in ornate patterns and colors. Contrast vibrant seascape colors and warm, natural tones with wrought iron to create to the style of a European coastal villa. A brick oven set in a rustic stone façade will take pizza nights to a whole new level for your household and guests.

Colonial

A New England-style kitchen is all about class and unadorned tradition with white tongue and groove paneling and carved molding. Add a dash of elegant color with dark or blue painted cabinets, soapstone countertops, slate flooring, or all of the above. With a largely white-on-white color scheme, the style is cheerful and bright—but also a real cook’s kitchen with exceptional appliances, glass-front cabinetry, and accents of oil-rubbed bronze. Counter seating for a crowd or inviting breakfast nook area make this the heart of the home throughout the day. In the evening, elegant marble and a wine storage area set the tone for evening guests or a cozy dinner for two by candlelight.

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