I love kitchens. Not because I’m some kind of gourmet chef, as my family will attest, but because they’re truly the heart of the home. Yes, I know that’s a cliche expression, but it’s true. Anytime we have a holiday or any kind of party, guests will inevitably, hang out in the kitchen. I also spent some time in my past working for a kitchen designer so I guess it’s just in my blood. I can hardly believe we are more than half way through January already so before the month ends and it’s technically not considered the new year so much anymore, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite kitchens of 2018. These are the ones that consistently caught my eye on Pinterest or Instagram over the year and are from some of my favorite designers.

Let’s start with some white kitchens, because they will always be a winner in my book.

Everything about this kitchen says “elevated farmhouse”. The team at Park and Oak Design have artfully mixed neutrals without being boring. I love the palette of black and white mixed with a warm wood, seagrass stools, mesh cabinet inserts and modern industrial pendants. They all work together to give this kitchen subtle texture and personality.

 

Farmhouse kitchens are still going strong. This one from House of Jade Interiors is beautiful for its double islands, rough hewn beams, full height marble backsplash and European range. I think you can see its no ordinary farmhouse kitchen.  I’m really loving the rustic feel of the island wood paired with the streamlined white cabinetry along the perimeter.

 

No kitchen review would be complete without Studio McGee. The kitchen from their Red Ledges project is one beautiful specimen. Once again, loving the mix of material from painted brick, contrasting counters, warm wood mixed with white cabinetry and don’t even get me started on those stunning island pendants. They all come together to make this rustic-chic kitchen sing.

 

This kitchen from Whitney Parkinson design is a classic beauty. I love the sophisticated combination of materials like the two tones of painted cabinetry. It makes for a subtle contrast, but gives the kitchen depth and refined personality. Other classic elements such as the marble top, brass accented lighting mixed with polished nickel hardware and dark wood floors are the perfect marriage of classic design.

 

I pretty much love everything from Kate Marker Interiors, but I wanted to share this one for its streamlined take on an all white kitchen. I particularly love the island with the waterfall edge, subtly dramatic (is that a thing?) range hood and marble slab backsplash.

 

Now on to the dark side…

This kitchen from Amber Interiors popped up all over  IG the last couple of months of the year and I think I took at least 5 screen shots —  that’s how much I love it. The mix of materials is perfect.  Tile, painted brick, wood island, dark cabinetry AND counters… it all works. We’re going to be seeing a lot more of dark counters and cabinetry in 2019.

 

This gorgeous kitchen takes a dramatic turn with deep navy cabinets, paired with brass, wood and a beautiful black hood. Especially cool is the butcher block waterfall edge.  It’s just jaw dropping.

 

I had to include this one because it’s a great example of a fresh take on darker wood cabinetry. Paired with lofted ceilings, bright white walls and a shiny silver chandelier, it’s anything but ordinary.