Ingredients for delicious kitchen style What's your favourite colour of kitchen? Maybe it's because I grew up in a white kitchen with a large round, antique oak pedestal table that I feel most at home in a light, bright kitchen. But today kitchens come in a rainbow of colours – from traditional wood tones to high-gloss primary colours in limitless styles – making it easier for us to personalize our kitchen spaces like never before. From ultramodern to down-home country and everything in between, there's a kitchen style for every taste. [caption id="attachment_750" align="aligncenter" width="300"] A custom range hood is the perfect perch for artificial greenery. Photo by Paul C. Photography.[/caption] Be inspired to get cooking Looking for ideas for your own dream kitchen? You've come to the right place! Here are three inspiring designer kitchens that are loaded with looks and ideas that will make you want to cook up a few ideas of your own! [caption id="attachment_752" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Warm white cabinets with glass doors create a light and airy feel in this condo kitchen. Photo by Paul C. Photography.[/caption] Above: Designed by Jacqueline Glass and Associates. Wide-plank, dark wood flooring set on a diagonal visually expands the space. Mixing a quartz island countertop with dark granite countertops adds a pleasing mix of surfaces. The square central island seats three and offers additional storage. White porcelain subway tiles add shine to the kitchen, while the white cabinets with nickel hardware are contrasted by the dark quartz countertops. [caption id="attachment_753" align="aligncenter" width="199"] Brilliant finishes add sparkle. Photo by Paul C. Photography.[/caption] Above: Designer Jackie Glass added a mirrored backsplash behind the sink area. Clever! It reflects light and the beautiful cabinetry in the kitchen, giving the illusion of dimension and space. A sleek undermount sink makes it easier to keep the shimmering quartz countertop clean in this busy area. Recipe for success [caption id="attachment_755" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Outdated dark kitchen cabinets await a fresh coat of paint. Photo by Brandon Barré.[/caption] Above: The challenge for designer Jane Lockhart of Jane Lockhart Interior Design was to update this galley kitchen on a budget. For the entire story, visit canadianliving.com. [caption id="attachment_757" align="aligncenter" width="300"] From drab to dramatic. The wonders of paint! Photo by Brandon Barré.[/caption] Above: Jane had the cabinets professionally painted in warm white. For DIYers, painting outdated kitchen cabinets can be time-consuming, but certainly achievable, as well as cost effective and rewarding. Not a DIYer? No problem. Hire a professional painter and use good-quality paint that's specially formulated for kitchens and bathrooms. Every major brand has one. The original backsplash, countertops and black ceramic look like new with the new cabinet finish. Think of the savings! [caption id="attachment_760" align="aligncenter" width="200"] Simple, inexpensive details add so much style. Photo by Brandon Barré.[/caption] Above: The walls were refreshed in Benjamin Moore Ocean Air 2123-50. A pretty, but practical piece of furniture – a small sideboard – is repurposed to be used as a small island. The perfect fit, it doubles as a useful work surface and additional storage. [caption id="attachment_761" align="aligncenter" width="199"] Floating shelves replace the not-so-pretty metal shelving. Photo by Brandon Barré.[/caption] Above: Floating shelves above a marble-topped iron table turn a small nook in the kitchen into a useful baking centre. Lofty ambitions [caption id="attachment_762" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Loft kitchen with Martha Stewart Westin cabinets in Persian Gray. Lower cabinets by Thomasville in Nouveau Cavette in Woodgrain Torte. Photo by Paul C. Photography.[/caption] Above: Designer Jeffrey Fisher of Jeffrey Fisher Home designed a fabulous loft kitchen featured in the October 2011 issue of Canadian Living. His recipe for the perfect entertaining kitchen included a mix of ingredients from Home Depot – upper cabinets in Martha Stewart Living Weston in Persian Gray and lower cabinets in Thomasville Nouveau Cavette in Woodgrain Torte – and specialty suppliers like The Wine Establishment, where he found his Cavavin Urbania wine storage unit to satisfy his need for personal indulgences. Jeffrey opted for Wicanders Cork Comfort real cork floor tiles in Slate Algae C81F001 Series 100, which are quiet and comfy under foot. [caption id="attachment_766" align="aligncenter" width="200"] A waterfall-style island in quartz includes loads of storage for pots and pans and recycling. Photo by Paul C. Photography.[/caption] Above: Samsung's induction range, microwave and two-drawer bottom-mount fridge make "chef Jeffrey's" entertaining a breeze and energy efficient. Unique light fixtures like this one from Living Lighting draw attention and help define this stylish new space. Everything PLUS the kitchen sink Last but not least... the hardest working element in your kitchen – the sink. This one is a Blanco Steel Art sink and Sweet Harmony faucet. Make it stylish and make it big and deep. Jeffrey's is perfect for filling large pots and floral arranging. [caption id="attachment_768" align="aligncenter" width="239"] An undermount sink offers a smooth clean surface. Photo by Paul C. Photography.[/caption] Inspired yet? Leave us a comment and tells us what you love about your kitchen.