The Internet has become a nearly inexhaustible source of residential design ideas. Nowhere has this been more evident than for kitchen design. You can search for design ideas for any kind of kitchen--large, small, galley, big budget or no budget--or any design aspect that interests you. A search for "red kitchens," for example, brings up ideas and plans for dozens of red kitchens in a variety of styles. A search for "galleries of kitchen ideas" brings up galleries with hundreds of photos, many with designers' names and descriptions of design features, products and materials.
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The 2010 NKBA Award Winners
You can view the 2010 National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Award winners at Kitchens.com. Click on any of the photos for full-screen views of the winners and finalists in four categories--small, medium, large and open plan kitchens--and for before and after photos of the best remodel and for the best sustainable kitchen design. The kitchens shown vary in style from sleek, minimalist, contemporary designs to over-the-top eclectic mixing and matching of influences. The kitchens shown range from expensive to very expensive.
Merillat's Kitchen Inspiration Gallery
Merillat, a kitchen design and product company, has an online "inspiration gallery" with 109 thumbnail photos of kitchens. You can narrow your search by preselecting from five design styles, three colour ranges and five cabinet finishes. Clicking on any photo brings up a larger photo with feature stickers. Click on any sticker to see a video of one of the kitchen's features--a blind-corner, under-counter or pull-out lazy Susan, for example. While all the kitchens shown use Merillat products, you can execute the design ideas with other commercial products or with cabinets you build yourself.
This Old House
Find photos of 26 low-cost kitchen-remodelling ideas at This Old House. Most of the photos illustrate products, but the design contexts have broader application. Products come from Ikea (20-inch Foto Pendant Lamps), Marmoleum (red linoleum floor squares), John Boos (custom butcher block counters), Crate and Barrel (ceiling pot rack) and elsewhere, with an emphasis on low-cost or mid-range products. A paragraph of explanatory text accompanies each photograph. From the "This Old House" page, you can click onto another gallery with photos of "28 Ways to Customize Your Kitchen for Less."
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