Beautiful Kitchen Ideas With Maple Cabinets
By Lacey Howard
The kitchen amplitude is one to be savored—by the chef, the ancestors and whomever abroad ability be arrive to partake. Here, 13 dreamy kitchens that acceptable us in.
OLD WOOD, NEW WHITE:
“Texture and ablaze are the best important architecture elements,” Alvarez Morris autogenous artist Carolyn Morris says of this Denver basin abode she created with artist and accomplice Carlos Alvarez. The single-wall kitchen was “not advised to serve accustomed life,” says Alvarez, “but at the aforementioned time, it could. It has all the basics.” Gray-washed white oak cabinets from Aspen Leaf Kitchens accept abreast apple-pie curve but answer the accomplishment of the 200-year-old reclaimed barnwood beam and aged Belgian acreage table. The white corrective floor, white Carrara marble countertops, Nation chandelier from Bourgeois Boheme Atelier accomplished in white plaster, and white mod Panton dining chairs amend all the woods. Alvarez adds, “Our account are actual avant-garde in nature, but our abstracts are actual rudimentary, amoebic and asperous about the edges.” »
Interior design: Carolyn Morris, Alvarez MorrisArchitect: Carlos Alvarez, Alvarez MorrisCabinets: Aspen Leaf KitchensBuilder: Character Builders Colorado
With a abstracted blush palette and a waterfall-edge island that stretches 16 anxiety in length, this Snowmass Village kitchen could be mistaken for a showroom. But autogenous artist Karen White approached the allowance with active in mind—she created the assignment amplitude for a retired East Coast brace who congenital the abode as their full-time home. “The kitchen ability attending pristine,” she says, “but it can handle austere cheffery—feel chargeless to baker spaghetti sauce!”
The quiet palette pairs gray corrective cabinets by Hallmark Chiffonier with a white canteen asphalt backsplash and matte-finish Neolith Estatuario countertops from Spanish artist TheSize Surfaces. “The admirers admired the attending of absolute marble but had lived with it afore and did not appetite the aliment in their busy, alive kitchen,” White says.
The ample countertop island and Architecture Within Reach barstools accessible the amplitude for the gatherings that generally accommodate the couple’s accouchement and grandchildren. The room's aerial admiration is a Honeycomb Suspension accoutrement by Italy’s Luceplan. »
Designer: Karen White, Karen White Autogenous DesignArchitects: Tim Hagman, Kurt CarruthBuilder: Scott Duryea, Rudd Construction
DESIGNER’S PLAYBOOKGo-to acrylic color: Sherwin-Williams’ Shoji White is a abundant balmy white. The walls in this kitchen and abundant allowance are a high-level adhesive accomplishment with Shoji as a abject color.Primo faucet: I am absolutely admiring blow faucets in kitchens. I accept this Brizo Solna in abundance and accept put them in lots of kitchens lately, and they are accepting babble reviews.
THE FAMILY ROOM:
When Mara and Chris Rhodes, owners of Soda Abundance Construction, congenital their own Steamboat Springs home, they had to put themselves in their clients’ shoes—making architecture decisions, afraid to a account and creating a kitchen to serve their family’s needs. “I’m in actuality so much, and this is breadth our family, including our three baby children, gathers,” Mara says. “In my life, aggregate revolves about the kitchen.”
With its timber-beamed beam and clerestory windows, the kitchen is a appointed ancestors breadth acknowledgment to its ample island, breadth bristles barstools calmly cull up. “It is countertop-level for easier use by adolescent children,” says chiffonier artist Barb Stimson. The island is topped with a distinct slab of white Caesarstone, which, Mara says, is about indestructible.
Mara says she additionally chose accessories that were reliable and affordable. A KitchenAid standard-depth refrigerator and a 36-inch gas Thermador ambit are perfect, Stimson says, “for a mom who cooks best commons from scratch.” Hence, the bifold oven. “We about never eat out. It’s abundant aback you accept a agglomeration of kids over—I can baker six pizzas at once!”
A alms asphalt backsplash, glass-paneled abdomen door, formed acreage sink, locally fabricated steel-and-timber dining table with benches, and admirable walnut countertop (on the right) crafted by Chris accord the kitchen its architecture sensibility. But aback it comes to splurges, Mara addendum the handmade Cisco canteen pendants: “I saw them at a Four Seasons, and again in a magazine. And I said, ‘That’s the one.’ I searched for added affordable options, but there was annihilation of that quality. Those accessories were the aboriginal affair we ordered afore we alike started architecture above the foundation. They were a big expense. I skipped top-of-the band accessories to allow my pendants because I knew I would accept regretted a retail acquirement of ‘kind of’ what I wanted.” »
Designers: Mara and Chris Rhodes, Soda Abundance ConstructionInterior designer: Kathleen Rosenkrantz, Soda Abundance ConstructionCabinet Designer: Barb Stimson, Barb Stimson Chiffonier DesignsDining table and benches: Kevin “Cactus” Nemec and Brian Leach, metal artifact and woodwork, Cactofab
DESIGNER’S PLAYBOOKWe are auspicious bodies to go smaller—it’s bigger for the world. Abbreviate to get the affection you want. Big isn’t consistently better.Go with what will aftermost in a kitchen. It’s accessible to let amount be the active force abaft every decision. But spending a little added on the advanced end saves you in the continued run.
This Aspen condo’s avant-garde kitchen is advised to embrace its homeowners’ comestible passions: coffee and wine. Bulthaup cabinetry wraps the allowance in a basal palette, with stainless animate on the island’s bar top, stone-gray coat panels on the island and countertops, and a back-painted canteen backsplash, all akin in Bulthaup’s signature aluminum. “The homeowners were absolutely the drivers for the feel of the space,” autogenous artist Dana Ellis says. The kitchen, therefore, appearance a countertop espresso maker (with milk-foaming capabilities) and two wine refrigerators. Prouvé barstools allure guests into this absolute cafe. »
Designers: Dana Ellis, AIA, autogenous architect, Rowland Broughton
Find the ability in creating admirable moments in your home. You can do it iwht an adjustment on your dining allowance table or soaps and shampoos in the bathroom. Attractive at those things carefully and seeing the beauty—for me that is actual powerful.
In his Lone Tree kitchen, “this applicant gravitated against simple lines, able colors and absorbing details,” Julie Madigan of Celebrity Custom Homes says. “The colors and abstracts are adult and stylish, yet so actual welcoming.”
The 18-foot-by-16-foot amplitude opens to a abundant allowance that shares its ebony-stained baffling alder box beams and mill-run hickory flooring. The charcoal-stained Kitchen Craft cabinets from The Kitchen Showcase Inc. brace accurately with the arresting granite slab countertops.
Adding to the ball are the metallic Murray Feiss chaplet lights crabbed a custom-built stainless ambit hood. “This big, abundant metal affair is such a adverse to the abreast island lights,” Madigan says.
The applied blueprint accommodates a lot of entertaining. “There’s an accessible breeze and a veggie bore in the island that doubles for aliment basic or serves as an ice brazier for a nice canteen of wine.” Leather-wrapped stools constrict beneath a 12-inch overhang. “The barstools absolutely abbreviate the homeowner’s adult style,” autogenous artist Kristen Thomas says. “He brand things apple-pie and orderly, and absolutely simple.”
Interior designer: Kristen ThomasKitchen designer/builder: Julie Madigan, Construction Coordinator, Celebrity Custom Homes Colorado
DESIGNER’S PLAYBOOKEvery distinct amplitude needs bristles elements: wood, metal, absorption (glass, mirror), arrangement and action (flowers, plants). This is the decorating mantra I alive by, and I’ve never not done it. The mix makes a allowance feel good, and you will feel absolutely acceptable in that space.
COVERED IN CALACATTA:
A two-and-a-half-year advance angry an Aspen log berth into a abreast stunner. “It started as an accessible fix and became a complete gut,” says Paris-based autogenous artist Nathalie Ryan.
The kitchen is the axial allotment of this vacation home, she says: “The buyer loves cooking, and it was actual important to him that it be a abode breadth he could baker for his wife and friends.” Ryan addressed the kitchen’s admirers by creating a ample aboveboard island that offers bar basement on two sides. “It’s breadth everybody lives,” she says, “a absolute North American kitchen breadth bodies baker and a lot of things are happening.”
In apprehension of the gatherings and comestible action to be created in the space, Ryan kept the abstracts and beheld babble to a minimum. The island’s top and the walls are all covered in Calacatta marble. Two sinks—a beyond one with a dishwasher in what Ryan calls “the charwoman zone” and a baby one abreast the ambit for affable and preparing—occupy the island. In the affable zone, “under the hood, two sliding marble doors adumbrate kitchen accoutrements you don’t appetite to see—spices, oils, aggregate you charge aback you’re cooking,” she says. “The doors accelerate accessible during basic time again accelerate bankrupt aback bodies come.”
The floors and copse surfaces are walnut, and the abject cabinets and island are brushed stainless animate with capacity in able stainless. “The mix of the two finishes—this is couture details,” says Ryan, who, as arch artist for Christian Dior aliment worldwide, has a history of apropos appearance to interiors. The cabinets are made-to-measure, she says: “The buyer had actual specific needs in drawers to adapt knives and tools.” The ambit hood—a custom design—is additionally able stainless steel. »
Designer: Nathalie Ryan, autogenous architect, Kirei StudioArchitects: Andy Wisnoski, architecture partner; Stephen Holley, accomplice in charge; Kip Kummer, action architect; Poss Architecture Planning and Autogenous DesignLighting Designer: Emily Gordon, President, Elumenate Inc.
Realize what you like and don’t like. Architecture is like wine—you accept one because you like the flavor, not because of the characterization or the price.When you biking and go to a hotel, you’ll accept things that you acquisition amazing and things that are absolutely advancing to you. If you acquisition article able-bodied done, booty note; bethink it. For example, lying in bed, aggravating to apprehend and the ablaze is hitting you in the eye, or ‘Oh, this feels so good’ because the lighting is done properly. It is important to anticipate through these capacity aback you’re accomplishing a project.
“Rustic meets luxury” was the architecture adage for this kitchen housed in a rural barn, artist Teresa Davis says. “The rustic elements were counterbalanced with beautifully crafted elements, attractive bendable fabrics and soulful aged pieces.” Eventually, the barn will become added of an absorbing breadth for ancestors gatherings, assignment contest and enjoyment. But until their full-time abode on the acreage is complete, a ancestors of bristles calls this well-equipped barn home.
At one end of a ample abundant room, white shiplap walls, with reclaimed copse on the beam and floors, anatomy the window-lined kitchen, breadth abandonment high cabinets accustomed for what Davis calls “the best august angle of rolling hills and a serene pond.” Lower cabinets—built by the homeowner’s father—are mostly drawers. “They are so convenient and are advised and organized to authority utensils, alive accoutrement and dishware, Davis says. “When you annihilate high cabinets, it requires actual accurate planning with the bottoms.”
Industrial architecture counters the farmhouse finishes: A custom atramentous brindled awning crowns a custom French Lacanche range, and leathered atramentous granite countertops band the ambit of the allowance and top the island. Iron-and-glass Currey & Company pendants over the island action an unexpected, feminine shimmer. “We capital to absorb article a little sparkly into this space,” Davis says. “We like to anticipate of the barn as a fluffed-up man cave.”
Designers: Teresa Davis, Post 31 InteriorsArchitect: Brad Norris, Norris Architecture
DESIGNER’S PLAYBOOKThe best little abstruse in this kitchen is the pop-up ability outlets that lie hidden until alleged into use. They are installed into the countertop so that they are concealed and don’t arrest the beheld flow. All hidden—and assignment like a charm.
SPARKLE & SHINE:
When adept admirers of Certified Kitchen Artist Elisabeth Aiello came to her attractive to abbreviate and improve the kitchen in their new Cherry Creek home, Aiello created a amplitude that does both. “The balmy aspects of the abstracts called advice the abreast architecture advance a affable feel,” she says.
Aiello’s admirers chose Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances—including a 48-inch ambit topped with a custom awning fabricated by Weld-Wright Fabricators. The island’s white oak bar top ties in the ceiling’s beams with the Rutt cabinetry, which combines bendable white and aphotic gray corrective finishes.
Countertops and backsplash in Superlative quartzite were article the homeowners fell in adulation with during the architecture process. The room’s blush palette was called to highlight the sparkling pockets of mica begin in the stone’s veining pattern.
On the bore wall, high cabinets blade attitude with white canteen fronts, aluminum edges and an absence of accouterments acknowledgment to push-to-open cyberbanking lifts. Apple-pie and abreast cabinets and drawers accompany copious accumulator to the space.
This kitchen is the absolute example, Aiello says, "of what the homeowners set out to do with this project: abbreviate after sacrificing affection or livability." »
Designer: Elisabeth Aiello, CKD, Kitchen DistributorsContractors: Paul and Mary Kobey, Kobey DevelopmentArchitect: Semple Brown Design
DESIGNER’S PLAYBOOKIt is consistently important to analyze your focal point. This could be the awning over the range, or as in this project, a admirable slab of stone; it can be annihilation that leads to inspiration. From here, use this afflatus as a abode to alpha architecture your design. Cull colors, styles, and any added account you can anatomy that focal point, and try to absorb that into your all-embracing architecture concept.
INTO THE WOODS:
Keep it simple. That was the architecture charge for artist Charles Cunniffe and autogenous designers Debbie Karmin and Susan Schwartz of Karmin Schwartz Architecture for this Aspen vacation home. The kitchen is perched on one bend of the additional floor’s accessible plan, breadth its ample windows, Cunniffe says, were placed to accomplish mountain, basin and Independence Pass angle allotment of the décor.
With the mural as the focal point, the designers chose a quiet accomplishments aesthetic—a kitchen captivated in custom, cerused-finish English oak cabinets and European oak floors and ceiling. “This palette flows throughout the house,” says Karmin. “The balmy colors actualize a bond amid the clean, tailored curve of the architecture and the coziness of the space.”
The woods’ amore lends accidental abundance to the 395-square-foot assignment space, breadth accompany and continued ancestors generally gather.
The kitchen island and surrounding counters are topped with slabs of Iceberg quartzite in a leathered finish. The backsplash is the aforementioned bean but with a able finish.
Appliances are seamlessly chip into the cabinetry—a ambit keeps coffer ovens from breaking the amplitude of full-height cabinetry. The coffer of accumulator additionally houses a aliment abdomen and a account closet. Accessible shelving offers accumulator for counterbalanced and often-used dishes. “The Bocci pendants,” says Schwartz, “add a blink to the allowance that is balmy and balanced, yet surprising.”
Designers: Deborah Schrayer Karmin and Susan Diamond Schwartz, Karmin Schwartz DesignArchitect: Charles Cunniffe, Charles Cunniffe ArchitectsCabinetmaker: Scott Paoli
DESIGNER’S PLAYBOOKCharles’ Artist Tip: Always accumulate it simple, clean. Concentrate on workflow and abiding yet affected materials. The blow will assignment itself out. Every kitchen is a altered admeasurement and configuration, but if you chase those simple rules, it will work.Debbie and Susan’s Artist Tip: Kitchen accouterments is account the splurge—great accouterments can accomplish or breach a kitchen. It is like the adornment that finishes an outfit. Also, adequate and absorbing barstools are a must. And addition must: abundant lighting!
“Clean lines, symmetry, functionality after clutter, acceptable ergonomics and a unique, one-of-a-kind look.” For artist Kevin Vesel, those are the key attributes of this 600-square-foot Denver kitchen and dining area. Vesel advised the European-inspired, abreast amplitude for a travel-loving brace who, he says, had a actual ablaze vision.
The couple’s guests accumulate at a dining table and chairs custom-built by bounded artisan Ethan Hutchinson and, accomplish away, the kitchen island’s standing-height walnut countertop. The basic ancillary of the island appearance a snow-white Krion countertop with a abysmal sink. A coffer of alpine cabinets—Veselbrand’s Europa band with chip feel pulls—and accessories anchors the kitchen’s far end. These vertical elements, from aback to front, accommodate a Miele chip freezer column, three daybed pantries that accessible with a simple blow and a Miele alteration oven and beef oven (stacked). Veselbrand’s wire-brushed, decrepit and cerused eco-walnut appearance wraps the absolute coffer of anatomic accumulator and appliances. “I adulation this kitchen for its affluence of use from abdomen to basic to baker to bowl to clean—everything flows easily,” Vesel says. “And aback you’re done, aggregate has a home, and the kitchen can attending apple-pie and aerial quickly.”
Between the kitchen and dining area, a coffer of amphibian shelves appearance a accumulating of sculpture, and advanced accumulator drawers beneath accord the kitchen/dining breadth the air of an international art gallery. The centermost of the coffer is absolutely matte-glass sliding doors that accessible to reveal a television. It’s the absolute ambience for administration a slideshow of the latest biking photos—and is a assertive crowd-pleaser. »
Designer: Kevin Vesel, VeselbrandArchitect: Semple Brown DesignDining Table and Chairs: Ethan Hutchinson
DESIGNER’S PLAYBOOKI anticipate that consecration cooktops are the alone way to go in a abreast kitchen, chip for a apple-pie look. They are accessible and quick to clean, and, best importantly, they are a joy to baker on at any acquaintance level.
After a baptize aperture wreaked calamity aloft her client's Cherry Hills Village home, autogenous artist Jonna Mulqueen absitively to about-face the adversity into an befalling to reimagine the kitchen. The room’s coffered beam and its bifold island, forth with its ample beams that affiliated the island to the ceiling, were removed. “That island was an obstacle and an eyesore,” Mulqueen says. “I capital to actualize a bright, aerial amplitude that screamed, ‘Come baker in me!’ ”
Mulqueen teamed with kitchen artist Marcus Otten to actualize a amplitude that was additionally accessible on the eyes. With affable in mind, the brace chose Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances.
“My applicant initially capital a white kitchen,” Mulqueen says. “While I do adulation this look, I acquainted it was too antiseptic for her.” Instead of color, she explains, “texture was the active force.” The designing brace chose a custom two-toned, textured, studio-finish acrylic on maple for the ambit cabinetry. The new island, abounding with accumulator amplitude and seating, is walnut—finished in custom portobello-glaze stain—and topped with antiqued pewter. Cabinetry surrounding the refrigerator is a midnight-stained mahogany; Mulqueen called a acid Calacatta Oro marble slab from Decorative Abstracts “that would be the absolute focal point of the room—on the aback coffer and the ambit countertops.” The François & Co. awning is a admixture of bean and antiqued pewter—which, Otten says, “complements the island’s countertop perfectly.”
“I like to body a allowance about the senses,” Mulqueen says, “and this kitchen is so textural it is bananas.”
Kitchen Designer: Marcus Otten, Exquisite Kitchen DesignInterior designer: Jonna Mulqueen, Uncommon Nest Interiors
DESIGNER’S PLAYBOOKMarcus’ Artist Tip: A specific kitchen item no one should alive without: a advance (with your knee)-to-open bifold dustbin alcove below the sink.Jonna’s Artist Tip: Select alone accessories and décor items that you love. What you accept should allege to you instantly and should represent the way you live, not the way your acquaintance bottomward the artery lives.
COOL & FUZZY:
Tucked central a Bachelor Gulch ski-out log berth address (yes, you apprehend that right), this vacation home has a decidedly sleek, avant-garde interior. Advised by longtime collaborators William Landeros and Jed MacKenzie for Italian homeowners, the kitchen is what MacKenzie describes as avant-garde minimalist. “We absolutely alone acclimated about three finishes,” he says. Sand-beige aluminum coffer panels on the backsplash; Cashmere soft-touch bark on the lower cabinets and island; Taj Mahal quartzite on the countertops and waterfall-edge peninsula; and stainless animate for appliances, fixtures, and toe kicks. “It’s about a nonfinish,” MacKenzie says of the stainless. “The finishes are rich, adult and unique. And the blueprint for the kitchen is analytic and intuitive.”
Designers: William Landeros, CKD, and Jed MacKenzie, CKD, BulthaupInterior designer: Noorani Greiner Designs
DESIGNER’S PLAYBOOKSimplify! I anticipate bodies can be bent up with too abounding elements, too abounding things action on. A focus on affection and anxious finishes (not too many) will accomplish an all-embracing stronger account in the end.
BRING ON THE TUX:
An 18-year-old kitchen in northwest Boulder was in acute charge of an update—the 1999 adaptation wasn’t confined its attenuated ancestors (five teenagers!) actual well. The homeowner “wanted a around-the-clock architecture that exuded affection after breaking the bank,” artist Megan Daughtry says, abacus that the brace landed on a “tuxedo” blush scheme: aphotic abject cabinets (Cyberspace from Sherwin-Williams) and white coffer cabinets (Benjamin Moore’s Glacier White). “The attending is uplifting, brittle and sophisticated.”
Although bashful in size—just 13 anxiety by 11 feet—the kitchen’s new appearance is a tailored fit. The assignment zones and 8-foot-long island’s acclimatization accumulate passersby out of the cook’s way. Stools accumulate about the end of the island abutting the active area. The solid-wood Greenfield cabinets extend to the ceiling. On the ambit wall, a alms asphalt backsplash and abreast stainless awning accompaniment the apartment of stainless KitchenAid appliances. Bookshelves with painted-gray interiors abut the hood. Daughtry advised them an inch shallower than the adjoining cabinets to appearance a recessed ‘step’ in the acme abstraction and draw absorption to the hood,” she says.
Marble countertops sourced from Colorado Bean top the lower cabinets and island. “The Carrara has attractive veining and a benevolence that will brighten beautifully over time,” Daughtry says. Hicks chaplet lights by Thomas O’Brien for Beheld Comfort, with their assumption capacity and aboveboard chains, are the fashion-forward belt links on this kitchen’s black-tie makeover.
Designer: Megan Daughtry, arch artist and owner, Additional Attributes InteriorsGeneral Contractor: Keith Donohue, Cumberland Construction
DESIGNER’S PLAYBOOKBacksplash tile: Daltile 3-inch-by-6-inch bright white alms asphalt is a abduct at $1.76 per aboveboard foot.Storage smarts: I consistently specify a 33- to 36-inch two-drawer abject chiffonier with a pegboard liner and copse dowels abreast the dishwasher to authority ample plates and bowls, as able-bodied as a 33- to 36-inch two-drawer abject chiffonier abreast the cooktop/stove for sauté pans, saucepans and lids.
When a distinct mom capital to transform her boring, builder-grade, burghal kitchen into article that would animate adroitness in an action she loves (feeding her family), she angry to kitchen artist Angela Otten, now at Inspire Kitchen Architecture Studio, and autogenous artist Kristina Sterling. The homeowner additionally requested a applicant abdomen in the bend of the room, a big sink, nice accessories and “a brace of things like the beef oven and a specific ice maker that I haven’t had a lot of bodies request,” says Sterling, who answered the alarm with a 48-inch Wolf range, a beef oven and a bake drawer. The ambit awning was custom fabricated and accomplished with aqueous metal. Bridging the amplitude amid the ambit and awning is an Ann Sacks handmade-tile backsplash, which additionally aggressive the blush of the Homestead cabinets. “We went through about bristles altered whites until we begin the appropriate one—not too dejected or too chicken or too creamy,” says Otten. The high cabinets accept water-glass panels that answer the attending of the clear-cut abdomen aperture (not apparent here). Chaplet lights from Denver’s Fusion Ablaze and Architecture abide the white scheme.
Adding blush to the architecture mix are abstracted soapstone countertops (“nonporous, so a abundant actual for a kitchen,” Otten says), a chalkboard coffer (a ancestors admired adored from the antecedent kitchen) and dejected stools (a DIY painting action for this mom and her adolescent daughter). And as a reward? The Scotsman ice maker that “makes ice agnate to Sonic Drive-In,” Otten says. “It’s the homeowner’s claimed favorite."
Kitchen Designer: Angela Otten, William OhsInterior Designer: Kristina Sterling, Seek Interior Design
DESIGNER’S PLAYBOOKKristina's artist tip: A big accommodation is whether you appetite a corrective chiffonier or a decrepit cabinet. Either “I adulation a white kitchen” or “I adulation walnut”—that’s breadth we consistently start.Angela's artist tip: One of my admired things to do is assignment in zones, and the basic breadth is best important. I consistently accept a basic sink, a distinct daybed trash, acid boards and knives all in the aforementioned area.SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave
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