By Anna Kocharian

Published on December 24, 2014

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Yep, the kitchen gets a ton of traffic. These nine spaces prove that it can also be one of the best-looking rooms in the house.

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Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE

Wooden countertops downplay the industrial qualities of stainless steel appliances, while the rustic elements evoke an organic tone within the flow of the room.

See more amazing kitchen design ideas here.

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Photography by MELANIE ACEVEDO

from the archives…

We adore this look. Always will. New stove ducts were left exposed to spare the original tin ceiling. Poured-concrete countertops give the kitchen a homey quality. Salvaged wood from old barns placed underfoot. It's a kitchen that inspires.

More tips for decorating small kitchens

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Photography by Brittany Ambridge

Maintain a level of consistency within the layout by sticking to a soft color scheme, accentuated by lustrous details. The island provides additional counter space as well as the perfect family gathering spot. 

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Get creative and opt for an animated backsplash to distract from the cabinet-free walls. Juxtapose the gilded details with white walls and an exotic floor runner. 

Time for a revamp? See this space for inspiration. 

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Photography by LIVIA CORONA

from the archives…

It's not all about the white kitchen. And this is the look that we're constantly looking back on. Show off your weathered pans and distressed dishware for a rustic and natural look. 

Find even more small kitchen design ideas here!

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Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE

Emily Henderson's updated space embodies the spirit of modern simplicity. Basic gold accents accentuate the subtlety of the white decor. 

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Photography by PAUL COSTELLO

It could be 2000 or 2014 and this kitchen design will always be popular (and so right now!). A polished kitchen is all about pairing sleek lines with a seamless floor plan, creating a clutter-free space that reflects the surrounding light.  

Backsplashes complete the look! Here are a few ideas

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Photography by MELANIE ACEVEDO

from the archives…

This kitchen inspires us to take risks – and we will in 2015! A bold wall color instantaneously transforms even the most humble of places. Go the extra mile and adorn the space with an eclectic chandelier.