Category 1: Small Kitchens

• Designer Elina Katsioula-Beall, CKD of Pasadena, CA-based Dewitt Designer Kitchens, contrasted bold shades of charcoal, turquoise and red Formica with wood in this retro-meets-modern kitchen. A Miele Futura Diamond dishwasher, Mastercool refrigerator and linear cooktop, Vent-A-Hood range hood and TurboChef double oven add optimum function and enhance the overall aesthetic. Cabinets from Serrao and Columbia pair well with Matrix Granite, Cosentino Silestone Blanco Zeus quartz and Café Countertops’ wood countertops. Corrugated tile from Ultraglas adds shine, as does the beverage center, which features U-Line refrigerator drawers and glass shelf. Custom sinks and Kohler Park faucets add balance in the main prep area and alkalizer water station.

• The move to a retirement community posed the need for a new kitchen that blended modern amenities with classic design. And that’s just what Jonas Carnemark, CR, CKD and co-designer Michael Stehlik of Carnemark in Bethesda, MD delivered to clients, complete with stainless steel cooktop, dishwasher and apartment-sized speed cook oven from Miele, and Zephyr range hood. Gray, flat-panel cabinets are paired with thin slate countertops, both from SieMatic. Reduced-height counters, bottom-freezer Sub-Zero refrigerator, Kohler Karbon faucet and long, sleek cabinet handles address accessibility issues, while the InSinkErator disposal and Julien sinks provide added functionality. The painted glass backsplash adds a generous pop of color to the space.

• Mark T. White, CKD, CBD, of Kitchen Encounters in Annapolis, MD gave a dated kitchen European flair. Cabinets from Medallion Cabinetry in Designer Gold set the tone, meshing with Modern Mythology and Jerusalem Gold tiles and Kashmir Gold granite countertops. Custom cabinet touches include open shelving with detailed valences, over-the-sink plate rack and glass-front doors. The hearth showcases a custom-built hood with Best ventilation, carved corbels and recessed niche in the backsplash. A paneled Miele dishwasher, KitchenAid refrigerator and Wolf warming drawer blend with the design. A Wolf cooktop and oven, GE Monogram microwave oven and Franke sink with Kohler faucet finish off the space.