Kitchen
Mar 4, 2013

15 kitchens that really work

By: Lauren McPhillips

15 kitchens that really work Author: Style At Home

Kitchen
Mar 4, 2013

15 kitchens that really work

By: Lauren McPhillips
Every month, the pages of Style at Home feature fabulous kitchens ranging in size, colour and style. The kitchens aren’t chosen just for their aesthetic appeal, however – they’re also super-functional and well designed. A kitchen renovation is the top investment you can make for your home, and a thoughtful design can go a long way. Check out these 15 stylish kitchens that offer up smart solutions for storage, design and functionality.
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Photography by Michael Graydon

1 Slim butcher block

Having a small space or galley kitchen doesn’t mean you can’t have an island. Opt for a slim design that is perfect for food prep and small storage. 15-kitchens-thatwork-pantryspace.jpg
Photography by
Donna Griffith

2 More pantry space for less overhead cabinets

If you have an empty wall in your kitchen, install tall pantry-like cupboards for more storage space. This frees up room to get rid of overhead kitchen cabinets, creating a more open space. 15-kitchens-thatwork-drawers.jpg
Photography by
Donna Griffith

3 Large drawers

Installing large drawers in lower kitchen cabinetry is perfect for big pots and heavy small appliances. You can extend the drawer fully instead of reaching to the back of a cupboard. 15-kitchens-thatwork-lowmaintain.jpg
Photography by
Donna Griffith

4 Opt for low maintenance

Though marble is often the top choice for countertops, think about how often you’ll be using them. If you’re a big cook or baker, consider a quartz countertop, as it’s easier to care for and the darker varieties can easily hide stains and imperfections. 15-kitchens-thatwork-benchstorag.jpg
Photography by
Donna Griffith

5 Bench storage

A breakfast nook isn’t just perfect for drinking your morning coffee. It’s also a great way to get creative with your storage solutions. Install banquette benches that have drawers to store cookbooks or kitchen linens. 15-kitchens-thatwork-largeisland.jpg
Photography by Stacey Van Berkel-Haines


6 Tuck stools under large islands

If you have a large island, carve out space to tuck stools underneath and keep out of the way when not in use.

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Photography by Virginia Macdonald

7 Keep the microwave out of sight
Clear up counter space and keep your microwave out of sight by creating a nook down below. 15-kitchens-thatwork-smalldrawer.jpg
Photography by Angus Fergusson


8 Small drawers can be handy

A small cupboard doesn’t have to be ignored or used as a junk drawer. Use it to house cutting boards or baking trays. 15-kitchens-thatwork-windows.jpg
Photography by Monic Richard


9 Big windows create a seamless indoor/outdoor space

If you don’t have doors leading to the yard from the kitchen, there’s still a way to enjoy the outdoors. An oversized window blurs the lines between indoor and out and allows natural light to stream in. 15-kitchens-sliding-shelves.jpg
Photography by Donna Griffith


10 Sliding shelves

Deep cupboards can make it pretty tough to reach items, especially when they’re placed on a shelf overhead. Install sliding shelves that can pull all the way out, especially good for reaching items up top. 15-kitchens-thatwork-barstools.jpg
Photography by Donna Griffith


11 Turn dining chairs into bar stools

Having a hard time finding the perfect barstool? If you find a pair of dining stools you love, simply extend the legs to reach breakfast bar height. 15-kitchens-thatwork-everynook.jpg
Photography by Virginia Macdonald


12 Use every nook and cranny

If you’ve got an awkward nook in your kitchen, don’t force a design or function on it that doesn’t work. Think outside the box and perhaps turn it into a little working area for a laptop, with open shelves to hold magazines and cookbooks. 15-kitchens-thatwork-glassrack.jpg

Photography by Stacey Van Berkel-Haines

13 Glass rack

Save on storage space in the kitchen by hanging glasses on a rack underneath cupboards or shelves, instead of in the cabinets. 15-kitchens-thatwork-streamlined.jpg
Photography by Michael Graydon


14 Keep small spaces streamlined with integrated appliances

A small kitchen can seem even tighter with appliances taking up space or jutting out past the counter tops. Integrate appliances into your cabinets for a cleaner, more streamlined look. 15-kitchens-thatwork-breakfastba.jpg Photography by Stacey Van Berkel-Haines

15 Circular breakfast bar

Just because you have a condo-sized kitchen doesn’t mean you have to abide by cookie-cutter rules. Instead of the standard breakfast bar, try a circular bar table that saves on space but can fit up to four chairs.

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