Each year, entrants in the Decorating and Design Competition get to show off their fresh ideas for improving living spaces at every budget.

With its multiple functions for food preparation, dining, and socializing, the kitchen is a pivotal space in any home. Take a look at these six winning designs to see how Canada’s top decorators and designers make the most of existing spaces to deliver extraordinary kitchens.


Kitchens under $50K

“Modern Elegance”

kitchens under 50 bronze

Originally, this kitchen was dated, worn out, and had limited storage and functionality. The client requested to extend the island, maximize storage options and improve the efficiency of the space. A must-have element was a built-in bench underneath the window. The goal was to create a cozy and inviting kitchen with clean lines and an elegant touch. The colour palette was extended from the adjoining living room to the kitchen to create a seamless flow.

Designer: Maison Interiors
Award: Bronze

"Kitchen Dreams"

kitchens under 50 silver

After 23 years of cooking up a storm in their ‘builder’ kitchen, my clients had big kitchen dreams. With kids all grown up they were entertaining often and needed a kitchen that suited their current lifestyle. Their wish list included eliminating the separate eat-in area and combining it with a large kitchen island, more storage space and better solution for their trash. They longed for a large built-in fridge, built-in oven and cooktop and wanted the overall palette to remain light and pleasing to the eye.

Designer: Ace of Space Interiors
Award: Silver

"Classic Contemporary Family-Friendly Kitchen"

kitchens under 50 gold

The existing kitchen was extremely outdated. The goal was to create a forever dream kitchen for a young family with very small children. On my client's wish list were a breakfast nook with a comfy banquette, a peninsula, a coffee station with bar sink, and a mix of open and closed cabinetry to achieve an open and airy feeling. We carefully thought through the layout and each zone, visualizing how our clients would be using their space and mapped out the placement of the dishes, glasses, servery, etc. We stripped the kitchen down to the studs and removed the wall between the kitchen and dining area to open up the space.

Designer: Fig Interiors
Award: Gold

Kitchens over $50K

“Transitional Midtown Kitchen"

kitchens over 50 bronze

This project was a new build for an investor who wanted a property that expressed the style and lifestyle of the established neighbourhood in which it is located. Contrasting colours of navy and white with a chevron marble tile were introduced to create a fresh and contemporary feeling. In the bar area, we introduced Macassar ebony veneer which gives this kitchen an edgy, urban touch. Solid marble counters were used for ultimate luxury and style to the space. High-end appliances and lots of cabinet storage, including in the bar area facing the family room, make this kitchen perfect for a growing family.

Designer: Evelyn Eshun Design Inc.
Award: Bronze

"Transitional Kitchen"

kitchens over 50 silver

The pre-renovated space had dark, dated cabinetry, minimal lighting, an awkwardly shaped island and a wall that divided the living space from the kitchen. We decided to remove the wall in between the kitchen and living room to create an open-concept kitchen. Careful planning went into every aspect from the extensive drawings, to the selection of finishes and fixtures to hours of careful planning to ensure every detail was considered. The kitchen is now more functional, brighter and expansive and suitable for keeping an eye on kids and entertaining friends.

Desgner: Sarah St. Amand Interiors Design Inc.
Award: Silver

"High Park Kitchen"

kitchens over 50 gold

A young family wanted to create a youthful and fun home, that included building a modern addition to the back of the house while maintaining the historic charm of the existing spaces. The kitchen was a key element in tying in the old with the new. In order to add character and personality to what could be a typically common space we added two whimsical birdcage light fixtures.

Designer: Designtheory Inc.
Award: Gold

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