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Awash in Ideas: Kitchen and Bathroom Inspiration

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Perhaps the reason why so many people are focused on kitchens and bathrooms is because they are the rooms most folks enjoy every day.

When kitchens and baths function flawlessly, they are an ongoing pleasure. Kitchens are important not only as rooms where food is prepared and cooked, but as gathering places for families and friends. Bathrooms are no longer utilitarian spaces. They are private retreats where homeowners can wash away the cares of the day.

To that end, we are paying much more attention—and devoting more dollars—to kitchens and baths. Trends include enhanced lighting, upscale finishes and layers of detail. Think pendants, recessed lights and chandeliers. Natural stone, fine woods and metals, in polished or brushed finishes. Heated floors, opulent carving and enhanced technology. Here are some beautifully designed spaces—large, small and in between—that we hope will inspire you. 

Photographs by John Lewis and Angel Eye Photoraphy.


This Zen-inspired bath in Trolley Square was designed by BW Design Group of Wilmington.

A soaking tub in a master bath in Centreville is awash in luxury, with a crystal chandelier and view of a magnolia grove.


This small, well-appointed bathroom in a Wilmington high-rise is loaded with high-end finishes.


Including natural stone tiles; there’s lots of room for sharing a spacious bath in Bethany Beach, with a central glass-enclosed shower and separate vanity areas divided by built-in storage.


A peninsula in this Kennett Square kitchen is accessible from both sides, providing convenient storage for the adjoining dining area.


A center island with a prep sink is made from cherry wood, a contrast to white cabinetry in this Wilmington kitchen built by Porter Construction of Chadds Ford.


White cabinets give a relaxed and elegant feeling to a kitchen in Wilmington’s Highlands neighborhood.


Stainless steel, pale wood and frosted glass by SieMatic give this kitchen in Lewes a hip, contemporary vibe.


The kitchen, in a multigenerational vacation home in Bethany Beach, is equipped with a full-size refrigerator and freezer, plus a large island with lots of seating.


Designed by Bruce Palmer of Wilmington, the open-concept dining area in this Rehoboth Beach home pairs a free-edge slab-wood table and bubble-glass chandelier, while the countertop on the center island is crafted from pewter.


A glamorous center island in the Centreville home of Audrey and Doug Loew is embellished with carved acanthus-leaf detailing.


A soaring second story provides a place to display art in this open-concept kitchen in Millsboro.


A black island and accents of mercury glass, aluminum and polished nickel give a fresh look to a Kennett Square kitchen  designed by Kate FitzGerald-Wilks of Timeless Design in Landenberg.

 

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