As usual, with the end of the year, balances are made… Decoration is no exception and Elle Decor did a specific selection of the best kitchens of 2014. We want to share it with you.

MARBLE PALACE

Colin Radcliffe’s Notting Hill townhouse — a renovated 1760s Georgian — is a monument to marble’s beauty, topped by a 1950s Fontana Arte chandelier and 1970s barstools.

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ISLAND YELLOW

This Grecian retreat, designed by Lilia Melissa, combines a custom shade of yellow with white walls and poured concrete countertops to create a dreamy island home-away-from-home.

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HISTORICAL CHARM

This Georgian manse — located in upstate New York — transforms this kitchen into a comfortable, light-filled retreat with the aide of brown furniture and Carrara marble and a light fixture from Time and Materials.

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CLASSIC RUSTIC

The mahogany top for thisConnecticut country kitchen‘s 1950s wood-fired barbecue grill was custom-made by owner Anne Bannert. The heart-shaped steel chair was found — amazingly — at the local dump.

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NEUTRAL GLAM

Designer Tamara Mellon’s Hamptons kitchen is a sexy, neutral, 70s-meets-2010s affair, with silver pendant lights by Tom Dixon, custom-made cabinetry, and a Wolf oven and stove.

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WHITE DREAMS

There’s nothing cramped about this film noir-inspired studio kitchen (tour here): The custom countertop is painted a blissful white (Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing) and topped with Caesarstone countertop.

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THE OLD AND THE NEW

Architect Achille Salvagnicreated a hyper-modern kitchen for this storied Roman palazzo, combining a self-designed brass light fixture and a Venetian portrait from the 1780s.

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MADRID MODERN

We love the stained-wood floors of Manolo March’s Madrid kitchen, which fits perfectly with Gaggenau cabinetry and appliances, modern Italian stools and light-box by Philipp Donstov.

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BLACK AND WHITE

Hostess and fashion plate Rena Abboud’s black-and-white kitchen is perfect for elegant evening entertaining, especially with its elegant brushed-metal island, Lamboro stools, and Eichholtz pendant lights.

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MINIMALIST WARMTH

Designer Darryl Carter transformed this 100-year-old Washington DC home (full house tour here) into a welcoming haven, with creamy walls and salvaged wood ceiling beams and windowsills (weathered and pitted with lovers’ initials). The heartwood cabinetry is custom-made, the kitchen stools are by Mark Albrecht, and the pendant light is Darryl Carter for the Urban Electric Co.

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ARTISTIC KITCHEN

Decorator Richard Mishaan made this SoHo loft a family home, adding an antique Persian rug to the kitchen and custom-made countertop with a black slate counter and blacksplash.

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Designer Steven Gambrelstripped down this Manhattan apartment to the studs before renovating, adding Ann Sacks tiles and a custom marble island and cabinetry to create a bit of London charm in New York City.

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BACKWOODS VERSAILLES

This spacious kitchen in upstate New York recalls Parisian charm, including a circa-1800 side chair from the south of France, a vintage limed-oak island that once resided in a Lyon textiles firm, and pendant lights from mid-20th-century France.

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SUN AND COLOR

Furniture restorer Karl Kipfmueller opts for worn — but still stunning — furniture in hiscork-floored Brooklyn kitchen, with a vintage Wolf stove, pendant lights by Progress Lighting, and cabinetry and stainless steel countertops by Galesi Design.

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