Photo Gallery: Bistro & Restaurant-Style Kitchens
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White upper cabinets go right to the ceiling to create as much storage space as possible. Set against the white walls and subway tile backsplash, however, the cabinets recede visually, keeping the small space feeling open. Suzanne opted for visual interest on the lower cabinets with elegant burnished gold knobs. The integrated stainless steel sink and countertop were installed through a service provided by Ikea.
Backless bar stools and bright blue glass light fixtures add a modern twist to the casual country look of wood floors and panelled cabinets. The subway tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances and butcher block island lend this space a restaurant vibe, too.
Glamorous and atmospheric, this Montreal kitchen by designer Luc Beauvais takes its inspiration from intimate French boîtes. Flat-front black cabinets recede, allowing the intricate tile floors to steal the show. The exotic tile pattern adds warmth to the sleek cabinets, masculine palette and industrial touches, such as nickel pendants.
Being the co-owner and executive chef at one of Canada’s top-ranked restaurants means David Lee doesn’t entertain at home all that often. So, when he and his wife, Jennifer O’Brien, get the chance, they like to indulge.Lots of counter space and a six-burner stove are essentials for David, who likes to serve his guests lobster, shaved truffles and Peking duck.
“Make your stove the focal point of the space,” advises chef Lynn Crawford of HGTV. “My kitchen island, sink and seasonings are right beside the stove, so all I have to do is pivot!” The butcher-block countertop on the island (which incorporates generous cookbook storage) makes it look unfitted and authentic, just the place for a professional to get to work.
"Tommy's tailored approach includes some smart design ideas like breaking up dark and light cabinets, laying the tile in a zigzag pattern and painting the door and window frames black," says House & Home editor Suzanne Dimma. &
Combining finishes is the decorating equivalent of pairing a suit jacket with jeans. Here, hand-painted lower cupboards provide a break between hardwood flooring and Afromosia wood uppers.
In this kitchen renovation by Qan?k Interiors, upper cabinets were replaced with wood shelves, which let in more light from the windows. The hood is panelled to give a focal point, and a giant pantry was painted in Benjamin Moore's Steel Wool to re
H&H’s Mark Challen always dreamed of a kitchen that would look like his favourite bistros and brasseries. Dark-stained cabinets, state-of-the-art appliances and a showstopping marble floor create a high-performance, handsome space with international flair. Details make the difference: the cabinets feature a thin bead profile, the subway tile is bevelled and lighting is layered, with overhead recessed lights, undermounted cabinet lights and range-hood lights (on dimmers — a must!).
Take an Online TV tour of Mark’s stunning kitchen.
There’s nothing overly decorated about this predominantly white space, but that doesn’t mean it lacks personality. Open stainless shelves, a professional range and an industrial gooseneck faucet make the room feel like the hub of a high-end restaurant. The white paint is an eco-friendly choice: volatile organic compounds in paints increase as more pigment is added.
Homeowner, chef and food stylist Claire Stubbs wanted this kitchen to be the focal point of her new home. Though most of her budget went to structural elements, she saved up for the finishes and appliances she’d always wanted, like two-inch-thick Calacatta d’Oro marble countertops and a Wolf range. Lower cabinets with reclaimed wood fronts conceal fridge and freezer drawers, as well as a dishwasher.
“The kitchen is conveniently laid out with ease of flow to the adjacent patio deck, where they love to entertain and meals are enjoyed in the open air of long summer nights. The kitchen cabinets and island are designed to create a layering effect, and draw the sight lines towards the deck,” explains 3rd Uncle principal John Tong.
Designer Stéphane Chamard creates a vintage mood in his kitchen by retrofitting a farmhouse-style table. Equipped with a thick marble-slab top, turned legs and an apron-front sink, it’s a charming take on the standard kitchen island and instils a vintage vibe. A series of slightly different schoolhouse pendant lights and a set of distinctly Scandinavian folk chairs both hint at the past but look whimsical and modern. A collection of white platters on the wall adds subtle texture.
Glass-front cabinetry matches the tone of this 1891 Toronto home. “I wanted my kitchen to be in keeping with the architecture of the Queen Anne-style house,” says interior designer Sloan Mauran. To update the style and make it functional, she included a large cooktop and range, and had the pot rack custom-made.
Unnecessary bulkheads were removed to allow for custom-built cabinets that stretch this room’s full nine-foot height. Marble countertops, restaurant-style appliances, tons of storage space and a stainless-steel apron sink elevate the kitchen from serviceable to sophisticated. A chic basketweave tile adds texture and warmth to the backsplash and complements the traditional hexagonal floor tiles perfectly.
Milk-glass schoolhouse light fixtures, black and white marble hex tiles and a chunky marble countertop are tried and true French bistro elements. The clean white backdrop and stainless steel appliances, meanwhile, update the look. A framed chalkboard panel with an Eiffel tower is a smart, affordable art idea that can be changed easily.
This eco-friendly kitchen features richly stained floors made of antique tongue-and-groove hemlock. Contemporary pendant lights are salvage store finds. Open shelving and stainless steel accents keep the look modern. A tiled backsplash and countertop give this space a distinct restaurant feel.
Metallic trim on the kitchen drawers, oversized hardware and a gorgeous glass lamp on the island add sparkle and contrast to the dark wood cabinets and countertops in this sleek kitchen. The stainless steel range hood provides a showstopping focal point to the room.
Decked out with the latest stainless steel appliances, the kitchen of the 2010 Princess Margaret Hospital Showhome is any homeowner’s dream. Marble countertops and a white beadboard ceiling balance cool grey walls and cabinets. Crystal lamps and a hanging lantern add a decorative layer and sparkle. A rustic farmhouse table replaces the ubiquitous island and the floor’s Bluestone pavers evoke the charm of a cobblestone street.
Watch Lynda Reeves tour the Princess Margaret showhouse on Online TV.
Condo owner Scott Shortt knew his small space couldn’t perform all the functions his previous home did. So he took the condo’s limitations in stride and gave up a dining room in lieu of a spectacular kitchen and larger living room (he eats at the kitchen bar). A large chalkboard posts the night’s menu and doubles as art. Dark cabinetry and simple pendants finish the bistro look.
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This pantry makes perfect sense for homeowners who are veteran entertainers. Checkerboard floors, marble counters and flooring, and glass-front cabinets establish the Parisian bistro look, while ample cupboards house six sets of china, and the long counter is perfect for prep and serving.
Designer Barbara Purdy uses a high-contrast grey grout for the white subway tile wall. It complements the dark counters and gives the tiles graphic punch. Open shelving in a warm wood adds an unstudied, rustic touch that suits the wood-frame cabinets and allows for a revolving display of vignettes.