Personal Style: 50 Clever Real-Life Kitchen Design Details
A special kitchen design detail or storage hack can come from an unexpected place — such as a backsplash made from a vintage tin sign or a spice rack fashioned out of an ironing board cabinet. We’ve gathered 50 ideas from our My Houzz series that show how creative homeowners have decorated and improved their hardworking kitchens. See how one Seattle couple included a pullout bench seat with a garden view, one East Coast artist went dishwasher-free and more.
1. Open shelving and splashes of color in Southern California. Beatrice Valenzuela and Ramsey Conder gutted the kitchen of their Los Angeles home and opted for open shelving rather than cabinetry. “I like shelves because I like to see all my ingredients,” Valenzuela says. “It’s a really great way to manage my pantry.” Conder made the open shelves out of Douglas fir.
The creative couple installed Moroccan cement tile from Badia Design as their countertops. “[It] still makes me so happy, and I never tire of it,” Valenzuela says. Turquoise painted walls wrap the small space while adding a punchy contrast.
Turquoise paint: Florida Keys 578, Benjamin Moore