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Art-Influenced Kitchen - Polished Granite Counters

Polished Granite Counters
Photo By: Kallan MacLeod

DuBois Design Limited
Auckland, New Zealand
Kitchen by Natalie DuBois

An up-close look at this kitchen's island; it features a highly polished granite countertop.

Art-Influenced Kitchen - Orange Walls

Orange Kitchen
Photo By: Kallan MacLeod

DuBois Design Limited
Auckland, New Zealand
Kitchen by Natalie DuBois

Designer Notes: White glossy cabinets open up to reveal vivid orange walls.

Sprawling French Country Kitchen

NKBA Award Winning French Country Large Kitchen Design
Photo by Alise O'Brien Photography
2011 NKBA Design Award: Large Kitchens - First PlaceGlen Alspaugh Co., LLPSt. Louis, MODesigner: James E. Howard, CKD, CBD

Design Notes: With a soaring truss ceiling and two islands, this large French country style kitchen swathes its space in shades of butter yellow and blue. The cabinets reach 10 feet high, taking advantage of the room's lofty height and adding extra storage options. Two sinks, dishwashers and refrigerators make plenty of extra storage, prep and clean-up for these homeowners to entertain.

Products and Materials: Premier Custom Built, Inc. cabinetry in Mt. Rainier Blue and Hale's Navy Blue, Wolf cooking appliances, Giallo Napolean polished granite counters and distressed black walnut island countertop, Kohler Vinnata faucets in oil-rubbed bronze, distressed wide plank black walnut flooring, Angelica honed travertine backsplash w/ imperial black basket weave tile insert over the cooktop, Best by Broan ventilation, Stone Age Designs Marie Antoinette hood made of Scagliola limestone and copper-finished concave stack


A Large Hacienda Kitchen

NKBA award winning hacienda large kitchen design
Photo by Preview First
2011 NKBA Design Award: Large Kitchens - Second Place; People's Pick KitchenHamilton-Gray Design, Inc. Carlsbad, CADesigner: Cheryl Hamilton-Gray, CKD

Design Notes: Warm yellow walls and terra cotta floors set a welcoming and sunny tone for this large hacienda kitchen. With custom carved cabinets, hand-painted tile and reclaimed wood ceiling beams, the kitchen is filled with authentic details. Functional design-multiple prep areas and a layout planned with the homeowners' children in mind-gives the room an efficient flow.

Products and Materials: Landco Architectural Millworks custom cabinetry in rift-cut white oak; Countertops: Calypso Gold granite, Statuary White marble on baking area, maple butcher block on prep area; Herbeau faucets; Parefeuille reclaimed French terra cotta flooring; Steven Handelman Studios lighting fixtures; La Cornue CornuFé range; Stone Forest copper sink, Best ventilation with custom shroud


Classic Federal Kitchen

A classic kitchen with white cabinets, marble counters and crystal knobs
Photo By: Jim Fiora Studio, LLC

Covenant Kitchens & Baths, Inc.
Westbrook, CT
Designer: Gerard Ciccarello, CMKBD
Co-Designers: Kira Van Deusen & Eric R. Koch, CKD

2010 NKBA Design Award: Small Kitchens - Third Place

Design Notes: Silk, marble, and crystal adorn this small kitchen set in an 1800s Federal-style home. Taupe silk wall covering draws out the colored veins and shading in the marble countertop and subway tile backsplash. Dark Jacobean-stained hardwood flooring contrasts the white raised panel cabinetry with crystal knobs.
Products and Materials: Calcutta Gold marble countertop and tile; Heirloom Cabinetry in Frosty White; Grohe faucet; Blanco Blancowave sink.

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Contemporary Vintage Kitchen

NKBA Award Winning Contemporary Vintage Large Kitchen Design
Photo by Brandon Barré
2011 NKBA Design Award: Large Kitchens - Third PlaceJane Lockhart Interior DesignToronto, ONDesigner: Jane Lockhart

Design Notes: The combination of contemporary and vintage pieces gives this kitchen a fresh look. Classic white Shaker-style maple cabinets, complemented by Super White granite islandcountertops and light gray quartz perimeter counters, keep the look light. Contrasting elements like the globe pendants and the stainless steel range hood offer period and contemporary style to this 1910 Edwardian home.


Products and Materials: Brice's Fine Furniture custom cabinetry, Super White granite island countertop, Stone Grey Caesarstone perimeter countertops, Ginger's Bath Hicks pendant lighting, Miele dishwasher, red oak flooring, Wolf range, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Cercan Tile Bianco Hizhou marble backsplash, Vent-A-Hood Euroline Pro Series ventilation


Family-Friendly Small Kitchen

Small kitchen with dark brown and white cabinets and white Silestone countertops
Photo By: Tim McClean

Binns Kitchen + Bath Design
Pickering, ON
Designer: Beverly Leigh Binns

2009 NKBA Award: Small Kitchens - Second Place

Design Notes: To create a kitchen where the cook's two children could help, the designer opened a hallway, moved a powder room and added a pantry. The new L-shaped kitchen offers access to the deck and the dining room, provides a built-in seating area, and looks modern while referencing the home's traditional design.
Products and Materials: Wolf range, Faber Diamante vent hood, Silestone Blanco Maple quartz countertop, Artcraft Kitchens cabinets.

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A Colorful Pullman Kitchen

A small Pullman kitchen with yellow painted maple cabinets, granite counters and a tile backsplash
Photo By: Craig Thompson Photography

Kitchen & Bath Concepts of Pittsburgh, LLC
Pittsburgh, PA
Designer: Thomas David Trzcinski, CMKBD

2010 NKBA Design Award: Small Kitchens - First Place

Design Notes: A 2-foot bump-out and restoration of the original, higher ceiling enlivened this Pullman-style kitchen. The use of copper, hickory, antique bronze, bead board, and granite, as well as a tile backsplash that alludes to the weave in a basket, create a medley of texture, sheen and color that gives visual punch to this small space.
Products and Materials: Premier Custom-Built cabinets in light yellow painted maple and flax-stained rustic butternut, with bead board in dusty teal; Vangura Wild West granite countertops, Perrin & Rowe faucet, Kohler sink, Trikeenan Tileworks tile.

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Colorful and Open Kitchen

NKBA Award winning medium colorful kitchen design
Photo by Alise O'Brien Photography
2011 NKBA Design Award: Medium Kitchens - Second Place Glen Alspaugh Co., LLPSt. Louis, MODesigner: James E. Howard, CKD, CBD

Design Notes: Bright, tropical-colored cabinetry in finishes of oranges, blues and greens enliven this open plan kitchen. The homeowners selected the vibrant palette for the cabinets, which were hand-painted and distressed on site by a local artisan and designed to match the yellow-orange walls. Spanish Mediterranean-inspired tile graces the backsplash and a tall plaster hood stretches up the length of the 13-foot ceiling. Topping off this colorful pool-house kitchen is a 48-inch cobalt blue Viking range.

Products and Materials: Signature Custom Cabinetry cabinets, Caesarstone quartz perimeter countertops, Blue Boquira quartzite island countertop, Imperial Tempora travertine flooring, Viking range, Wolf ventilation, Sub-Zero refrigeration


A Four-Cook Kitchen

Contemporary kitchen with red wall, stainless steel appliances, gray quartz countertop
Photo By: Tim McClean

Binns Kitchen + Bath Design
Pickering, ON
Designer: Richard J. Farrell

2009 NKBA Design Award: Medium Kitchens - Honorable Mention

Design: To turn a one-cook kitchen into a room that functions for four without looking cluttered, the designer relied on two pantries and deep drawers instead of wall cabinets, with floating shelves for everyday items. A wall of appliances, including a speed oven, a steam oven and an espresso machine, completes the kitchen.
Products and Materials: Silestone Grey Amazon quartz countertop with leather finish; Kohler Karbon faucet; Franke sink; Miele microwave, wall oven, cooktop and vent hood; Liebherr refrigerator; SieMatic cabinetry in elm.

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