Black Living Room FurnitureBlack Living Room Furniture

Less is more. The most important rule to remember when decorating any room is don't clutter. Less really is more. Choose simple pieces and keep the extras to a minimal. What decorations you do use don't over do it but rather select a few quality items.

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Kitchen HoodsKitchen Hoods

Displayed collections. As long as there’s a place for everything and everything is in its place there’s no reason not to keep your favorite items on full display. Pot racks plate racks a few open shelves and a glass‐front cabinet let these homeowners enjoy their copper cookware silver and china from the kitchen table which takes up most of the room in this charming kitchen.

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Kitchen Exhaust FanKitchen Exhaust Fan

A dark richly veined stone can actually feel less dramatic when paired with dark cabinets. Whether you use espresso wood or a modern painted gray as shown in the previous photo coordinating a base tone in the stone with one of a similar darkness or lightness in the cabinets will help the two connect.

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Kitchen Drawer OrganizerKitchen Drawer Organizer

Corner of windows. This one may take some sacrifice – you’ll have to stash seldom‐used items in storage and purge those you don’t really need. In return your kitchen will expand and feel so much less cramped thanks to your new views and all that wonderful natural light.

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Kitchen Counter StoolsKitchen Counter Stools

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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Japanese KitchenJapanese Kitchen

If you're limited on space and storage in your L‐shaped kitchen adding a pot rack frees up space in a base cabinet. In its grandest expression the L‐shaped kitchen has a large island main sink on one wall range on the other and prep sink in the island. This creates at least two overlapping work triangles allowing for multiple cooks to work at the same time. Guest seating at the island creates a "kitchen as theater" feel. Even in some smaller spaces you can fit a L‐shaped kitchen small island and prep sink. No seating at this island but I'm sure having that extra sink more than makes up for it in the cook's eyes!

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Copper Kitchen SinksCopper Kitchen Sinks

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 Wall DecorKitchen Wall Decor

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.

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