Updating old kitchen

"I wanted this jolt of color to emphasize that the kitchen is the joyful heart of the house," says designer Christina Rottman.

The Kaihois' three-year-old daughter sits in the red Tripp Trapp high chair by Stokke.

Walls are Purple Haze by Benjamin Moore."I wanted this jolt of color to emphasize that the kitchen is the joyful heart of the house," says designer Christina Rottman.

The Kaihois' three-year-old daughter sits in the red Tripp Trapp high chair by Stokke. Kitchen designer Mick de Giulio created a homey kitchen with a retro feel in this Chicago home using yellow paint on the walls.

The walnut floor, hand-scraped to give it even more character, changes to a chevron pattern in the adjoining breakfast room.

The yellow paint, Benjamin Moore's HC10, unifies both rooms.

Designer Susan Ferrier designed a neutral kitchen for this tranquil Alabama townhouse.

"You don't want the eye to stutter in a small space," Ferrier says.

"You want it to move naturally from one thing to the next, from similar color to similar color, from shape to shape."In a New York City kitchen designed by Carey Maloney and Hermes Mallea, the Burgundy La Cornue Chateau 150 range is the kitchen's focal point and showstopper.

"Everything else recedes into the background," Maloney says.

"I mean look at that stove doing its thing—you don't need any more statements."Dark cabinetry painted Benjamin Moore's Midsummer Night creates a classic Edwardian feeling in the kitchen of this California home by designer Stephen Shubel.

Spin barstools from Crate & Barrel; light fixtures from Summer House; faucets by Waterworks."My style of decorating is, 'I love this, I love that, let's put it all together and make it work,'" says designer Krista Ewart.