We’d like votes on this checkerboard floor: does it make the kitchen or is it a distraction?
Mixing colors on the cabinet and island is a popular way to bring variety into a kitchen. Dark brown wood on an island with white stone on top, and teal perimeter cabinets covered by black counters — inset with a white farm sink — have a nice, warm country/cottage feeling. That mixes well with whitewashed horizontal plank walls and crisp white woodwork. There are no upper cabinets in sight.
Then there’s the floor: big dark diamonds stained to relate to the island with natural oak used for contast. However, with diagonals running crosswise and floor boards running lengthwise it’s intended to make the room appear wider. Instead, it simply dominates though not in a bad way. This kitchen supports dark elements like the heavy island and nearly black diagonals on the floor because of natural light provided by the wall of windows. Placing the big white farm sink in the center of the wall — flanked by a pair of Viking dishwashers — creates a natural work space with the gas cooktop in the island, just across the aisle. The trio of pendant lights with dark metal shades has a warehouse sort of chic, plus they yield terrific task lighting over the cook top (so smart). Task lights were installed on the pier spaces between the windows. This is a charming kitchen with an unusual color palette, country cottage appeal and a clear-headed design.
(Source: Southern Living)
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