Most Beautiful Kitchens of 2016
As the heart of the family home, the kitchen is one of the most expensive (and overwhelming) spots in the home to tackle during a renovation or a new build—there are endless paint, cabinetry, and tile options, not to mention space configurations and appliance selections. In our books, however, 2016 will go down as the year of thoughtful, hardworking kitchen design—the year of carefully chosen kitchen details (think vintage-inspired hardware, gilded built-in lighting, and sleek sculptural fixtures), paired alongside warm natural features (like rough-hewn wood beams, gleaming pine floors, and knotty, rustic seating), all tied together with a sleek, shining coat of white paint or a splash of bold color. Prepare to cast a critical eye towards your own space as you check out our 12 favorite kitchens of 2016, all elegantly streamlined and meticulously designed with a myriad of food preparation, entertaining, and family needs in mind.
This Richmond, VA, kitchen includes showstopping brass accents, modern-yet-practical seating options, and—a surefire design favorite of 2016—layer upon layer of white that doesn’t drift anywhere towards washed out.
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Compact never looked so chic as in this Alabama lake house getaway, built to create a visually balanced, symmetrical space with a built-in pantry on one side and a concealed Sub-Zero refrigerator on the other. A graphic Ann Sacks tile backsplash adds a splash of personality to the minimal space.
This grown-up Birmingham, AL, kitchen plays with scale and texture, incorporating flat-panel white cabinetry, sleek stainless, and warm natural wood into one stunning space. Splashy artwork, a colorful rug, and cowhide-covered seating liven up the otherwise sleek kitchen.
To magnify the industrial feel of this newly renovated Seabrook Island kitchen, the homeowners played up the commercial look of the Viking range with off-white subway tiles installed all the way to the ceiling, deep gray cabinetry, and iron sconces placed on either side of the range. Douglas Fir ceiling beams add warmth and character to the space, while a rustic pine trestle table caters to both dining and meal prep.
This Nashville kitchen is a modern chef’s dream, with streamlined storage options, sleek furniture-like workspaces, and one textural, newly installed hearth. Brass pendants and hardware mix seamlessly with a stainless steel dishwasher and gleaming marble countertops.
This coastal kitchen on Kiawah Island demonstrates Southern hospitality at its finest: The guest-friendly space, exposed to the home’s expansive open floor plan, keeps things in order with a wealth of deep storage drawers, putting kitchen essentials close at hand without overwhelming the space with bulky wall cabinetry.
While chrome hardware, stainless-steel appliances, and brass lighting add a touch of glitz, color steals the show in this dramatic dark green Mount Laurel, AL, kitchen. Two different materials on the countertops—Absolute Black honed granite for the perimeter and basic butcher-block on the island—create distinct prep and entertaining areas, perfect for hosting large gatherings.
Located in South Carolina, this rustic-meets-sleek kitchen is a melting pot of different building materials: Here, freshly stained wood floors, unpolished copper hardware, and a shiplap-covered island complement a sleek all-white color scheme and new quartz countertops. An oversized rattan light fixture and sculptural woven dining chairs complete the look.
Whitewashed and flooded with light, this top-to-bottom renovation transforms a dark, dated kitchen into a classic, refined space in keeping with the rest of its historic Washington D.C. home. Traditional white cabinetry, newly built (yet historically accurate) window moldings, and vintage-inspired hardware ground the space, while an oversized walnut-topped island and intricate marble backsplash add visual interest.
The design of this Oklahoma-based, newly built kitchen—perfect for a large family, or an endless stream of friends and neighbors—allows busy homeowners to mingle with guests or oversee homework while they cook. Its simple materials, like butcher-block countertops, basic subway tiles, and a large pine-wrapped island, help it blend into the home’s open floor plan.
This newly renovated kitchen in a historic North Carolina home—complete with white paneled walls, sleek dark wood floors, leather-finished soapstone countertops, and a dark steel hood—brings the home up to date without sacrificing an ounce of its historic charm.
For this awkward L-shaped kitchen in Nashville, TN, the homeowner utilized an all-white color scheme (shiplap walls, marble counters, Shaker cabinets, a fun Dutch door) to create the illusion of more space; she then added layers of personality by incorporating her favorite collected pieces, like French bistro stools, myrtle topiaries, and Chippendale dining chairs.