They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, so it’s logical to conclude that dream homes start somewhere between the breakfast table and the stove. Looking for inspiration? Check out the dreamy details and captivating kitchens below.

Attractive appliances. “It really flows with the entire home,” says Jill Worobec, planner and designer with Mosby Building Arts. “It looks like it has been there forever; but obviously, it is new and updated.” Pops of red brighten up this otherwise neutral kitchen, and the metallic appliances add beauty and a top-of-the-line food preparation experience. Worobec notes that the kitchen's classic inset cabinetry also is used to keep the Sub-Zero refrigeration and Wolf cooking appliances flush with the built-ins. “It’s a cohesive, sleek look.”

Fun and functional faucet. This architectural Gantry by Waterstone kitchen faucet is equal parts work and play. “They’re all made to order, and they’re available in about 30 finishes—and when you see them close-up, their attention to detail is spectacular,” says Leigh Suffian, a partner with Immerse. The faucet comes in several versions, she notes, including one that complements traditional styles. Because of its generous hand-sprayer size, Suffian says this faucet is great for oversized kitchen sinks.

All about the island. “This spectacular kitchen boasts attention to detail, while achieving proper functionality,” says Jenny Rausch, president and lead designer of Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath. The space features a transitional design adorned with classic details, says Rausch, including chandeliers, corbels and moldings. All of this frames the show-stopping centerpiece of the room: the island. “The center island allows true storage space, a secondary sink base and glass-front storage for the homeowner’s personal, decorative items. It is a serene space—not too large or over-designed—that would be a dream kitchen in anyone’s home.”