Adding additional storage is an excellent idea, if you can reach, that's. Katie Ridder installed a rolling ladder (just such as the library!) in this superb kitchen to reach ceiling-height cupboards.
Space- Slick and Bright
Though her old house is old—as well as tiny—and conventional, this homeowner requested a modern cooking space. The clean layout makes the best backdrop for collectibles. Mother-of-pearl granite countertops and frosted-glass tile contrast with dark cupboards, while a custom built, space-saving table on casters nests into the trunk of the island when not in use.
Chris Barrett found the tall 1860s Czech table, with beautifully turned legs at J.F. Chen. It works perfectly in a space that was "too little for a dining table and too large to get nothing," Barrett says, functioning as both breakfast island and buffet for dining on the terrace outside the French doors.
A top Realtor in the region, this homeowner, needed a little space that was unique to flaunt to her clients. That's just what she got with all the dark shoji-style cabinets and custom round butcher block table on casters. The cooking range is flanked by floating shelves, which help to open up the tiny kitchen.
The cabinets in this New York apartment by Miles Redd are lacquered in Bamboo Leaf by Fine Paints of Europe, as was the roller shade by Manhattan Shade & Glass. Redd says, "We pumped up the colour just a scootch and lacquered it to give it life." The Sub-Zero refrigerator is painted green.
In Mark Egerstrom's 1,200-square foot West Hollywood house, the wood floors of the kitchen extend out to a shower doors, creating adjoining deck through glass the illusion of a much bigger . The walnut cabinetry was designed by Egerstrom: "It's my take on old farmhouse kitchens, upgraded to the 21st century."
The kitchen in a Napa Valley ranch has open ledges instead of upper cupboards for an airy feel. The shelves and countertops are galvanized metal, and the cabinetry is made from old fencing. Classic truck springs, used as stools, were found at Artefact Design & Salvage. Designer and owner Ken Fulk seen the classic industrial pendant lights at the Paris flea market.
The owners with this bungalow that was American desired to make their small kitchen more exotic. Dark cupboards with brown-and-black tiger striping makes to get a sleek, modern appearance, while the light solid-surface backsplash creates a bold comparison. The layout makes the most of very little countertop space with a wenge butcher block that slides over the sink. A dining table on casters allows an eight-seater when not in use, to slip underneath the island.
This hardworking little kitchen features two space-smart pullout hidden stepladder storage for upper cupboards and pantry units. The use of butternut wood, copper, hickory, and antiqued bronze give the room warmth, while a vibrant blue beadboard backsplash delivers a shot of color.