Flecked or Softly Veined White. One of the most common and coveted countertop finishes is a stone or manufactured slab material such as quartz in a white or off‐white shade with a light multitonal fleck or grain to give it subtle natural richness. This snowy sparkling look works well in many situations since it is very neutral but also contemporary and fresh. The pale tone brings a sense of cleanness and lightness to the space with a twist of subtle sophistication. In more traditional kitchens this is usually a better choice than a true minimalist white countertop which can be too severe and fight with the elegance of other elements such as knotty woods Shaker cabinets or lantern pendant lights.
The layering and mixing of finishes in this kitchen give it an old‐world charm. Note the glazed blue‐gray island and its relationship to the pendant above. The choices for a mahogany‐tone wood countertop dark trim around the windows and a custom hood surround in particular were all made during the process of designing this kitchen and impact the overall finished look and style.
The L‐shaped kitchen is by far the most popular layout these days. It's most often seen with an island so it's perfect for entertaining multiple‐chef cooking or for making dinner while the kids sit at the island and get help with their homework. The adaptability of this layout is what makes it so desirable. Whereas a galley or U‐shaped kitchen can work in the smallest of spaces you often need a bit more room for an L‐shaped kitchen with an island. This layout has the most amount of variations by far and works with any style whether a kitchen is modern traditional or somewhere in between.
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Here’s one solution to that aforementioned seating problem in U‐shaped kitchens: This terrific bench seating allows for that coveted kitchen table. On the minus side there is no casual counter seating.
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.
Rather than miles of counterspace this kitchen has a freestanding custom‐designed china cabinet at the end of the L. Sometimes a square island is better than a rectangle. If you don't have the room for a main sink in one of the legs of the L then put it in the island. This makes for a very tight work triangle and still allows for entertaining. This island has seating on two sides which makes for good conversation as well. If storage is what you're looking for the L‐shaped kitchen can be the best option for the maximum amount of wall cabinets.