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Create Drama in the Kitchen
What Makes a Dream Kitchen?
We all have our own ideas about what makes a kitchen beautiful, but there are some basic elements of a dream kitchen that work no matter the style. Think of creating your dream kitchen as following a recipe. The little touches that make your kitchen perfect are like ingredients in that recipe. Here are ten gorgeous kitchens that illustrate the tips you can use to create your own beautiful kitchen.
Drama in the Kitchen
Whatever style you love, any kitchen can use a little drama. Not the plate-throwing, foot-stamping, drama, but a detail or two that elevates your kitchen's style. The most obvious way to add glamour and drama to your kitchen is with a light fixture. Choose lighting for your kitchen as you would jewelry for your wardrobe. The idea is to add a touch of sparkle to your kitchen while making sure that the space is lighted properly.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Color Block Kitchen Inspiration
Color block, which is large stripes of blocks of color, is a stylish and simple way to add color to your kitchen. A wide stripe of color around your kitchen walls can unify the room and make it look larger. The key to using a color block design successfully is to strive for simplicity in the other design elements in the room. There's no need to use your stripe or block color as an accent in your kitchen, instead treat it as an architectural element.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Spice up Your Kitchen With Warm Colors
White kitchens have been trending for a few years, but more colorful trends are emerging. If you are craving a warm and welcoming kitchen, wall color is the simplest way to make it happen. The beauty of warm wall color is that it works just as well with white cabinetry as with a more traditional dark wood finish. Brushed copper and brass lighting look gorgeous with this warm wall color, but there's no need to change out your brushed silver metal fixtures -- they look fantastic with warm colors, too.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Colorful Kitchen Islands
A stunning way to create a custom kitchen look is to use color on your kitchen island. Painting a kitchen island in an accent color gives it the look of expensive furniture. Choose a color from an adjacent room, or pick a color you'd like to accent with dinnerware, rugs, or kitchen linens, to create a pulled-together look.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Create a Rustic Kitchen With the Perfect Contrast
Mixing white or gray cabinets with dark wood finishes creates a gorgeous custom look for your kitchen. The key to using this stunning style is to strive for a balance between the two finishes. Mixing cabinet finishes works best with strongly contrasting colors so that there is no question that these cabinets are very different.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Retro Kitchen Inspiration
If you love retro style, your kitchen is the perfect place to show it off. You can use contemporary design elements in your retro kitchen while still keeping your vintage style. Open shelving, fun flooring, and bright wall colors are easy ways to turn any kitchen into a retro space without a full kitchen remodel.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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How to Create a Sunny Kitchen
If your kitchen is lacking natural light, wall color is your best option to brightening it up. A fresh coat of bright white paint for the ceiling can help a light-deprived space. Choose sunny yellow, mint green, and even orange, for your walls. White cabinetry and lots of pretty kitchen lighting can lighten your kitchen if you want to go beyond paint color.
Lighting inspiration for your sunny kitchen: Lamps Plus - Essex 18" Wide Dyed Nickel Pendant LightContinue to 8 of 8 below.
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A Beach-Inspired Kitchen
Cooking and cleaning can get a lot more relaxing in a beach-inspired kitchen. The best way to create any themed room is to not use your theme literally. For a beach-inspired kitchen, it's okay to use a few beachy accessories, but your main beach-inspiration will be color.
Aqua or pale blue walls with light accents in pale gray or sand, give your kitchen beach style. Add open shelving and natural materials to keep things casual.