Go bold with color. In this custom kitchen by Atlanta’s Terracotta Design Build, the red stools were not budget-busters but gave the space an Americana style when paired with the blue island. “If you take out those stools and paint the island white, it would be a totally different kitchen,” says Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson, architect and designer.
Designers wanted to create a bright, open look in this kitchen, so they brought in white cabinets grounded by gray countertops. For a pop of color, they decided to paint the island a light gray color. Then, they added a Neolith marble countertop to the island which, along with black matte fixtures and an apron front sink, combines the farmhouse feel with the industrial touch.
If your kitchen has good bones but simply looks tired, painting your cabinets can be just what the doctor ordered. Mix up colors on upper and lower cabinets, or on cabinets and islands as shown here, to add richness. These cabinets are painted in Windsurf from Behr Paints; the island is done in Snowy Pine and the walls are Spice Garden. Behr recommends using semi-gloss enamel for painting cabinets.
Dual islands extend the counter space in this sleek, contemporary kitchen. The center island, painted to match the cabinetry, is perfect for food prep. The outer island, painted a deep blue hue that complements the tile backsplash, offers extra space for dining. Windows around the cooking area and breakfast area bring in loads of California sunlight.