Black Living Room FurnitureBlack Living Room Furniture

Instead balance it out with a mix of rich and subtle neutral shades of color with perhaps just one or two pops of color in the rest of your furniture such as a sunny yellow sofa or a few colorful ornaments on your oak bookshelf.

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Kitchen ShelvesKitchen Shelves

Pure white countertops generally only available in manufactured materials such as Corian or Caesarstone bring a contemporary minimalist freshness that no natural stone can match. Luckily these materials resist stains well so they can stay a crisp white for years with just a little care. This stark look works well in contemporary spaces. As mentioned the severity of a true white can fight a traditional decor but in a modern space it feels appropriately crisp. It’s especially effective in small spaces such as compact condo kitchens paired with minimalist white cabinets to give the illusion of a bigger space.

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Kitchen HoodsKitchen Hoods

This could either be seen as a broken U or an L‐shaped kitchen with an island. Technically I'd say it leans towards the latter but if you imagine that door on the left being cabinetry you can use this layout for inspiration for your own U‐shaped kitchen.

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Kitchen Exhaust FanKitchen Exhaust Fan

Ecofriendly Kitchen Counters. A little research is really all that's required today to make your new kitchen ecofriendly. The wide variety of material styles and costs – from salvaged wood to Bio‐Glass to bamboo (shown in this photo) – means you can find just the right green countertop material for your home.

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Kitchen Drawer OrganizerKitchen Drawer Organizer

Lighter woods tend to have more of a casual or rustic feel compared with darker‐stained options. Light‐stained or unstained woods can have a cottage‐inspired feel or a Scandinavian vibe depending on whether you pair them with traditional or modern accouterments. In either case a traditional runner rug makes an excellent complement. Darker woods come off a little more formal and polished than lighter tones. They lend a certain gravity to a space which can work well in areas that are already bright and breezy with lots of windows. When mixing wood counters with other wood finishes it’s often best to stick to either warm or cool tones across the board. Red‐brown woods are more traditional while ashy gray tones have been a popular modern trend in recent years. Whichever tones you prefer they will be less likely to clash if you stick to one family or the other.

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Kitchen Counter StoolsKitchen Counter Stools

Organize inside. It may sound like a no‐brainer but often what makes a kitchen big or small organized is how we arrange the insides of our cupboards. Shelf and drawer dividers hooks racks and other storage devices are key to keeping order. Consider what works for you and go custom if you can. Are you a Mason jar and Tupperware kind of person? Do you prefer mugs on hooks shelves or in drawers? Storage is often about personal preference. Here the slim slots for chopping boards and placemats are a brilliant idea as is the slim pullout spice rack.

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Japanese KitchenJapanese Kitchen

Zinc Kitchen Counters. You don't see zinc countertops in many modern kitchens but this metal has a warmth that has made it popular for centuries. Zinc's tone darkens with time adding patina. Its antimicrobial properties make it a smart choice for a cooking space. This beautiful material typically costs $100 and up per square foot installed.

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Copper Kitchen SinksCopper Kitchen Sinks

Copper Kitchen Counters. It certainly isn't common but a copper countertop is surprisingly easy to clean and maintain. However it's not for perfectionists – since it's a "living" surface it reacts to different substances creating a blend of matte reds browns and greens. But for those who love the look the minimum $100‐per‐square‐foot cost is worth it.

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