7 Ingredients for a Well-Designed Kitchen

Top kitchen design ideas by designer Rose Marie Carr

By Lisa Frederick


From traditional to transitional and cottage to contemporary, New Jersey-based kitchen designer Rose Marie Carr has tackled kitchens of just about every style you can name; but some elements of smart kitchen design remain consistent, no matter what form the trappings take. Here, Carr lets us in on her best tips for creating a kitchen that performs at its peak—and looks good in the process.

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Transitional Kitchen by Rose Marie Carr

Go with the Flow

Today's trend toward kitchens that open to family living spaces means that it's important to consider continuity when choosing colors and surfaces. "You want it to flow into [the adjoining] room," Carr says. "Keep some of the elements."

For example, she says, if you have a lot of cherry or other dark wood furniture, you might repeat those tones in the cabinetry. Use the same flooring throughout and keep the palette cohesive as well.

Also check out: Find the Perfect Color Palette for Your Kitchen.

Transitional Kitchen
by Rose Marie Carr

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