At the heart of every home, the kitchen stands in as the arguable hub of the family. It’s where we gather to cook our meals, entertain friends and family, or linger as we browse for snacks and treats. When it comes to the design of a kitchen, creating a warm and inviting area is key. Functionality goes without saying, especially for those working within a small space. At the core of it, it’s all about establishing a dynamic that nurtures the purpose of the space, regardless of what that may be. Ahead, the best kitchens we saw this year, and the design lessons we learned from each one.
If there is one thing we learned from Starrett Zenko Ringbom’s Upper East Side kitchen
, it’s that there is no such thing as using too much color—vibrant wall tiles, included. In an otherwise whitewashed space, Gio Ponti–style blue tiles instill a graphic touch, transforming an ordinary scheme into a bold focal point.