Los Angeles Sweeps the National Kitchen Design Awards

From on June 16, 2011 in Kitchen Remodel


Every year, the National Kitchen and Bath Association holds a design competition for the best kitchens in North America. It’s a chance for and designers to put their creations on display, share their process, and provide us all with fresh inspiration. And it seems Los Angeles kitchens have dominated the People’s Picks category for 2011.

In fact, of 10 award-winning kitchens, Los Angeles claimed three. It’s no surprise that southern California churns out innovative design, but these kitchens step it up a notch. Let’s take a look.

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Hacienda Kitchen

NKBA-carlsbad-los-angeles-kitchen Designed by Cheryl Hamilton-Gray in Carlsbad, California, this Hacienda-style home took second place for the Large Kitchens category. Highlights include custom-carved cabinets, custom-painted backsplash, reclaimed terra cotta pavers and a fireplace around the sitting area.

I love the look of rustic kitchens, especially those with farmhouse sinks and warm-colored tile. This one plays off of popular kitchen themes in Los Angeles: the old-world feel of Tuscan kitchens mixed with classic simplicity.

Serene & Contemporary

NKBA-Long-Beach-contemporary-kitchen In third place for Small Kitchens is “Nature’s Serenity” by Dana Jones, CKD of the Kitchen Consultant. The Long Beach-based designer integrates horizontal lines with artful curves, and paints a picture of natural elements with a green glass backsplash and exposed-grain bamboo cabinets. It’s Japanese design heaven.

This kitchen aligns with Zen minimalism, another popular style in Los Angeles. The idea is to pare down while keeping the space light, inviting and aesthetically striking. Jones’s kitchen achieves its goals and then some.


Feng Shui Function & Form

NKBA-los-angeles-feng-shui-kitchen For you feng shui practioners out there, this kitchen is sure to be inspiring. Designed by Elina Katsioula-Beall of Pasadena, California, this one took third place for Medium Kitchens. I love the combination of traditional Asian features, like a cherry blossom mosaic, with modern touches like stainless steel hardware and appliances.

The kitchen cabinets are red-stained maple with a lattice-door china hutch for extra storage. The wood carving above the countertop is the Chinese symbol of prosperity, a nice touch for the design, which is rounded and harmonious overall.


Would you pick any of these kitchens for your home?

Let us know in the comments! Thanks to HGTV for the photos