Tour of Homes: Town & Country

With New York loft style in the heart of the Downtown Lexington, our "Town" kitchen evokes sleek city style while maintaining a comfortable setting for entertaining, cooking and socializing. Exposed ductwork, track lighting, stainless steel elements and rustic wood doors bring out an industrial flair while the dark wood, granite countertops and minimalist features offer a very contemporary feel.

Located in The Nunn Building, this kitchen was originally an L-shape. Architectural Kitchens & Bath helped change the layout to make more efficient use of the space. The sink was moved to the oversized island, making it more like an open galley kitchen, connected to entertaining spaces. With a flush inset microwave and built-in flush inset sub-zero refrigerator, this kitchen offers topof-the-line appliances alongside convenient design. A wine cooler frees up space in the refrigerator and makes entertaining on the fly a snap.

The dark, custom-stained walnut cabinetry was created by Crystal Cabinets. In renovating the space, the designers shipped the kitchen door all the way to Montgomery, Alabama to have the wood match perfectly. The payoff is huge. The cohesiveness of the wood throughout the space creates a wholly modern visual appeal. The matched wood and horizontal tile in the backsplash lengthen the kitchen area, as well.

For those looking to recreate this contemporary kitchen's style, blend industrial with minimal. Rough wood flooring,exposed beams, visible ductwork and natural tile can create a textural contrast against sleek cabinetry and countertops. Stick to a very tight color palette of dark, warm neutrals. Stainless steel appliances and hardware strike a contemporary chord. Multi-level lighting brightens up the space.

Architectural Kitchens & Bath, Robin Gillespie, Design Link, Nancy Elam, Warner Builders LLC

The "Country" kitchen in Winchester was built in 1956. Designed with the aim of a wonderful place to prep, cook or gather with families and friends, this kitchen blends Kentucky style with down-home hospitality.

The ceiling in this space was raised by two feet. The tin ceiling tiles were installed, then trimmed out with white moldings to help maximize the light and create the illusion of an even larger space.

The white cabinetry makes a seamless wall fixture, again creating the appearance of a larger space. The sage green cover over the stove hood, as well as the island, offer rustic appeal while picking up on some of the color in the pale marble countertops. Antiqued brass hardware and light fixtures offer warmth and charm. Custom antique leaded glass doors, which allow a peek inside the cabinets, complement original glasswork in the foyer. Richly-hued antique rugs bring in a pop of color at ground level.

The central island serves a number of purposes. It features a second sink for vegetable prep. It also offers integrated dining space for casual entertaining. The long table can also be easily converted to prep space in a pinch, making the kitchen a hub of activity during holidays or other family gatherings.

For other kitchens, adding Southern style often requires only a few easy upgrades. Faux-distressed cabinetry and woodwork adds the appearance of years of love and laughter in a home. Utilizing paneling as a backsplash in the same hue as the cabinets adds visual contrast. Bringing in much of the color through rugs, curtains, accessories and floral arrangements makes the space not only feel more welcoming but also makes it versatile for every season. In-kitchen dining space is an excellent way to bring family and friends together.

Creative Kitchen and Bath (Derrick Whitaker), JWI Construction

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