Softly flecked or grainy whites also work well paired with brass accents such as these contemporary lights. Again the subtle richness holds its own without fighting for attention and keeps the countertop from feeling too austere – great for a dining island where you want people to actually feel comfortable dining.
Dark counters in tones such as black or charcoal can appear very gothic in some situations and perfectly harmonious in others. If you have dark cabinetry dark floors or other rich and weighty finishes a dark countertop will fit right in. In this example you can see that the white counter is the one that pops compared with the island counter which almost blends into the deep wood drawer fronts. If you’re going for a dark‐on‐dark palette it helps to have lots of light sources natural or added (or both). This will keep the space feeling cozy and sophisticated instead of just cave‐like.
The U‐shaped kitchen lends itself to high‐efficiency cooking: You can often pivot on one toe as you spin around from refrigerator to sink to stove. A good friend and accomplished cook swears by this kitchen layout. He loves it because it keeps people out of the way when he's cooking. Guests can hang out as long as they stay on "that" side of the peninsula! The U‐shaped kitchen (also called the C‐shaped kitchen) is the perfect expression of the work triangle we hear so much about in kitchen design.
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Colorful appliances. We often read (or in my case write) that making everything glossy white and glass bounces the light around and keeps a small space looking seamless and thus larger. But the truth is those spaces can be a real yawn sometimes. Trust me visitors do not notice how small this kitchen is;; they remember the cheerful aqua refrigerator. Eye‐catching vent hood.
Artwork. In a galley kitchen giving the eye a beautiful place to rest at the end distracts from the narrowness of the space. These are vintage prints of seaweed which bring a coastal texture indoors. Spend a few minutes browsing through the thousands of kitchens showcased and you will quickly see they come in all shapes sizes styles and colors. Colorwise they can run the gamut from eye catching bold and bright to light tranquil and airy. Featured here are some of the many delightfully colorful kitchens along with examples of color palettes inspired by the kitchens.
Gather and display. This cute kitchen demonstrates how you can be organized and chic at the same time. A charming crock to hold wooden spoons a wall‐mounted crate or two to provide a home for vintage‐style scales and jugs a small wall‐mounted spice rack – they all add a pretty touch as well as having a practical function.