Let’s face it – we all love kitchens. Somehow kitchens tend to communicate the theme and tone of the entire home. Not to mention the fact that most family gatherings and conversations seem to end up in the kitchen as well. (Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we’re sort of crazy about food.) Regardless, since the kitchen does seem to be the hub of living in any household, don’t you think it’d be a good idea if you loved your kitchen? We sure think so! Flip through the next ten images to see the best kitchens of 2014 as defined by MSN.com and House Beautiful. Enjoy! (And try not to be too envious ).
Designer Caitlin Wilson wanted to clean up and let in more light in this Gibbsboro, New Jersey, kitchen. Swirling grays and gleaming brass warm up the space.
ENGLISH COUNTRY STYLE
In this bright space in New York City designed by Incorporated Architecture & Design, contemporary materials evoke the spirit of 19th-century England.
A fresh design inspired by the clean and practical warmth of Scandinavian style in this New York kitchen. Designer Susan Serra creates a peaceful space that plays with dark and light.
BOLD, BURNT ORANGE
A liberal dose of spicy orange is the detail that makes this Hillsborough, California, kitchen really special. Designer Melanie Coddington says it all started with the tile.
WARM AND MODERN
Rich woods in clean shapes, dark hues, and burnished surfaces play up the warm side of modern style in this New York City kitchen designed by Elena Frampton of Curated
Caroline Beaupère designed a custom-made tile backsplash of delicate vines to bring a New York City kitchen to life.
The ocean’s shimmery hues inspire a kitchen in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, by Urban Grace Interiors.
A DRAMATIC SPACE
For the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, designer Steven Miller creates a dramatic space for entertaining.
FEMININE AND MASCULINE
For this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House, designer Matthew Quinn conjures a masterful, convivial mix. Inspired by the blue-gray veining on the Silestone countertops, designer Quinn chose blue-gray subway tile and then warmed up the cool colors and the stainless steel appliances with brass trim. “It’s a feminine touch, like the pretty mullions on the armoires, and it balances the masculine dark woods so the kitchen appeals to everyone,” he says. “People kept telling me, ‘Put a bed in this room and I could live here.'”
RUSTIC AND MODERN
Tactile materials and architectural details create a warm, welcoming sense of place in this handsome Maryland kitchen by designer Patrick Sutton.
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