Out-of-the-Box Kitchens

From a giant, vinyl photo backsplash to LED bar lighting, see how top designers use eye-catching materials and creative amenities to think outside the box with these one-of-a-kind kitchen designs.

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Vibrant and Inviting

Designer Ashley Astleford added a retro twist to this Mediterranean-inspired kitchen by integrating neon hues and a hot-pink, vintage Big Chill refrigerator. A combination of bold colors, classic tilework and traditional clay art help create an energetic and invigorating space ideal for entertaining guests all year round.

Backsplash With Character

With walls of cabinets and countertops, the kitchen doesn't leave much room for personal pieces. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn suggests getting a little personal by enlarging a favorite photograph and turning it into a durable backsplash. The process is similar to adhering wallpaper and is simple to remove. For a timeless and classic look, Brian chose this photo of his grandparents at a party that suits his modern kitchen to a T.

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Eclectic and Colorful

Designer Matty Adler of Echelon Custom Homes hoped to give this artistic homeowner exactly what she wanted in his kitchen design plan: an inspiring dose of red and plenty of artwork to fill the space with color everywhere in between. To let the hues really pop, Matty added fire-engine red appliances to match the red-and-white checkerboard backsplash. To introduce even more unique color and energy into the room, he added a hand-blown Murano glass chandelier above the sink.

European Influence

Designer Christine Jones brought the feel of Europe across the Atlantic by incorporating state-of-the-art appliances into this modern kitchen. Poggenpohl cabinetry is enhanced with a Miele coffee center, wine refrigerator and geometric backsplash. Rich purple walls are heightened with a Swarovski crystal chandelier and the most unusual aspect of the space: vibrant blue LED lighting underneath the kitchen island to enrich the quartz waterfall countertop.

Wave of Design

People are becoming more and more creative with their kitchen backsplashes. Rate My Space user dbryman decided to embark on a kitchen upgrade to make room for a new 36-inch range. Rather than add cabinetry, he opted for small, stainless steel shelves with under lighting to keep the entire wall open for a gorgeous and one-of-a-kind mosaic backsplash. Small glass tiles in hues of white and blue were used to form a dreamy wave from the stove to the ceiling.

Jot It Down

Chalkboard paint is one of the hottest design trends of the year, and also happens to be one of the most convenient and stylish ways to turn your walls into a personal memo board. James Young and the I Hate My Kitchen crew splashed the back wall of this cottage-inspired kitchen from Blog Cabin 2011 with chalkboard paint and made it the perfect place to write down to-do lists, chores, recipes and inspirational quotes or notes.

Spices at Hand

Most of us hide our mismatched spices in a cabinet until it's time to cook. Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri of HGTV's Kitchen Cousins have a solution to turn your spices into a unique and proud piece of artwork that will also keep your paprika and cinnamon right at hand. Slabs of reclaimed wood were cut to size and nailed to the wall, and then various metal holders were added to hold 30 different spices in matching canisters.

Color Invasion

When designer Dan Danenberg of Danenberg Design was originally handed the redesign for this kitchen, he was told the client wanted something very modest. What he found out, however, is that her love of bright colors (particularly orange) could not be tamed. This modern kitchen incorporates a vibrant array of colors, including a bright orange oven that fits in perfectly with Dan's choice of cabinetry. The most unusual part of the kitchen is the blue asymmetrical arch that was conceived as an illusion because the two halves do not actually meet at the top. Photography by Rio Costantini

Extra Cutlery

To make a dramatic and thematic statement in this small kitchen, James Young and the I Hate My Kitchen crew added oversized spoon artwork to the back wall. The look is certainly fitting for the space and will surely inspire creativity behind the stove.

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