Classic Black and White PaletteAs designs evolve the appearance may change, but the appeal of a black and white kitchen never expires. It is all about high comparison — this layout from IKEA juxtaposes white lacquer cabinets (from IKEA's LIDINGÖ line) and Absolute Black granite countertops, but nonetheless, it also benefits from the tension between state and modern. Warm rustic hardwood floorings are an effective counterpoint to glossy cupboard fabrics.
Contemporary ComboArchitectors and designers selected the finishes in this open kitchen to coordinate with the existing tile floor. The Poggenpohl cabinetry in Curit (a warm reddish brown), Titan Gray and Light Yellow makes a cosy blend. Plus, using level-front wood veneer cabinets such as these along with a traditional wood-plank table gives this midcentury home a contemporary vibe.
Maximize Kitchen StorageKitchen storage is always an issue, especially for apartment dwellers or any homeowner whose kitchen is short on space. To repair this, manufacturers like Hafele are doubling up storage in new, custom kitchens with clever multi-tiered drawers.