A Design Pro Breaks Down the Secret Recipes Behind 5 Stylish Kitchens

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Designer Gretchen Krebs of Medium Plenty offers her expert take on five concept kitchens styled by Bosch and outfitted with the brand’s sleek appliances.

A Design Pro Breaks Down the Secret Recipes Behind 5 Stylish Kitchens

Situation room. Family headquarters. Science project laboratory. We depend on the kitchen for so much beyond just cooking up food—which is something designer Gretchen Krebs of the Bay Area interiors firm Medium Plenty understands well. “The kitchens we love to design are both multifunctional and beautiful, and often include flexible space for working and entertaining, such as corner banquettes, bars, or chef’s counters,” says Krebs, whose craft-led work has earned her Bay Area–based design firm a portfolio of notable new builds and remodels across the country. 

Here, Krebs turns her professional eye to five Bosch-designed concept spaces, which have different looks but one thing in common: They balance form and function to elevate kitchen work from an everyday chore to a gourmet experience.

Go Industrial 

Scale and texture were kept in mind when planning this spacious, relaxed kitchen in a loft space. White cabinetry and subway tiles provide a clean, crisp backdrop for the polished, stainless-steel appliances. Wood details provide contrast to the metallic accents, lend some warmth to the space, and tie it all together.
 Gretchen Krebs: “Our approach to creating a comfortable kitchen in a raw space is to include natural materials like wood and decorative lighting fixtures that cast a soft light. This adds warm contrast to exposed ducts or cool, concrete flooring, for example.”

This kitchen’s industrial vibe is enhanced by Bosch’s classic 800 Series gas range, which features continuous grate design—for easy maneuvering of heavy pots and pans—and a soft-close oven door. The stainless-steel 800 Series refrigerator has French doors with generous pulls, and its bottom freezer is extra roomy. The minimalist, Energy Star–rated 800 Series dishwasher blends in nicely and is among the quietest models on the market.

This kitchen’s professional vibe is enhanced by Bosch’s classic 800 Series Industrial-Style gas range, which features continuous grate design—for easy maneuvering of heavy pots and pans—and a soft-close oven door. The stainless-steel 800 Series refrigerator has generous pulls, and its bottom freezer is extra roomy. The minimalist, Energy Star–rated 800 Series dishwasher blends in nicely and is among the quietest models on the market.

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Be Colorful

Color blocking is about making a bold, graphic statement. Here, cobalt-hued laminate cabinets stand out against a pale-colored marble backsplash, adding a playful sense of vibrancy to the space. The abundance of svelte stainless steel in this kitchen heightens the overall effect.
GK: “Using a strong color for the cabinets or a rich, textural stone or tile for a backsplash are great ways to make a focused impact.”

Heavy-duty knobs on the Bosch 800 Series gas range are eye-catching and they feel great; the oven’s pedestal feet give it furniture-like presence. The stainless steel 500 Series wall hood looks sophisticated, and it illuminates the workspace with a soft LED glow. The handsome 500 Series refrigerator offers a specialty ice making feature.

The heavy-duty knobs on the Bosch 800 Series Industrial-Style gas range are eye-catching, and they feel great in the hand; the oven’s pedestal feet give it furniture-like presence. The stainless-steel 500 Series wall hood looks sophisticated, and it illuminates the workspace with a soft LED glow. The stainless-steel 500 Series refrigerator is streamlined with tucked-away feet.

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Keep It Soothing

This kitchen maximizes the contrast between wood accents, dark-hued cabinetry, and slate-colored stone flooring to create a serene, seamless-looking space that’s ideal for intimate gatherings. The use of simple lighting and functional objects as decor keeps the look organic and subdued. 
GK: “Balancing function and beauty can be challenging, but our recipe typically involves a combination of closed storage that hides clutter and designated areas to highlight decorative objects. We also believe in intentional spaces for working and entertaining, and layered lighting is essential for creating different moods.”

The Energy Star–rated 500 Series refrigerator from Bosch has attractive French doors and offers specialty water filtering and ice features. The Benchmark double-wall oven includes soft-close door hinges and a range of self-cleaning cycle options.

The Energy Star–rated 500 Series refrigerator from Bosch has attractive French doors and offers specialty water filtering and ice features. The Benchmark Series double-wall oven includes soft-close door hinges and a range of cooking methods, including convection.

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