In today’s home the kitchen serves as the central hub. The kitchens of yesterday were located off of the formal dining room and separate from the common spaces; while in the majority of house plans today, the kitchen is open to the great room and/or family room making the kitchen a common space. This adds a new equation to the home decorating plan. How do I decorate a formal living space with a kitchen in open view? With the way we live changing so does our view of the kitchen. Kitchens are becoming the show pieces of today’s home with more attention being paid to the architectural details and surfaces. Here are some great ideas on incorporating the kitchen into the design of your home with this Idea Book on Sophisticated Kitchens.