These Kitchens from the HB Archives Will Answer All of Your Eternal Design Questions – House Beautiful

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House Beautiful‘s best past projects can help inform your current decisions.

House Beautiful’s been covering kitchens for 120+ years—but after all this time, homeowners still get hung up on the same issues. Here, we look at some of our best past projects and how they can help inform your current decisions.
White kitchens are eternal—and practically glow when they’re as well lit as this space, featured in HB in April 2003, by Linda Bedell. The trick to a dynamic white is to layer on textures and colors, which Bedell did by adding veined marble, a hit of warm wood, and tons of upper shelving (even the space above the window comes to life thanks to a strategically placed dinnerware collection).
Need further proof? Tour 25 of our favorite white kitchens.
There’s a forgotten upside to a walled-off space: The mess is contained to one private room. But take note: Designer Kathryn Scott made this closed galley, which ran in May 2006, feel so much more airy by adding glass fronts to the upper cabinets—which allow the natural light from the window to bounce around the room.
“If you want to be bathed in even light without shadows (and have better Instagram photos of your food!), go with light fixtures versus architectural recessed lighting,” says Young Huh, who designed this mint-green kitchen featured in our November 2012 issue with pendants at various heights.
Give your cabinets “a consistent look,” says Carey Maloney of M Group, the design firm behind this kitchen clad in stainless steel trim and featured in March 2012. The downside? Finding an appliance that fits the panel, should you ever want to replace it.
Tile adds material layers, as well as “visual interest and texture where a stone slab cannot,” says Elena Frampton of Frampton Co, the design studio behind this warm wood room that ran in HB in June 2014. “We chose this tile in particular for its iridescence, which gives the room a luminous quality.”
“Shelving is easy and versatile,” says designer Bobby McAlpine, who added them to this modern beach house kitchen, featured in May 2004, to give the clean interior some functionality and ornament. “It requires a bit of order and neatness—if this isn’t you, go with cabinetry!”
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