These spaces show that whites and grays reign supreme for cabinet color — and that the kitchen island is here to stay.
10. Creamy and Dreamy
This Seattle kitchen by Coyote Design Architecture + Planning offers an alternative to classic white subway tile: horizontally laid picket tile with dark grout. Knotty wood floors, cup-style cabinet pulls, shiplap on the ceiling and rustic wood shelves add to the room’s modern farmhouse feel.
Designer Kelly Nelson of Kelly Nelson Designs gave this Delaware beach house kitchen an open, airy feel with room for several people to cook simultaneously — a request of the homeowners, who found Nelson on Houzz. The cabinet paint is a minty blue (Tidewater by Sherwin-Williams). A coffered ceiling elevates the design, while low-key lighting fixtures prevent it from feeling over the top.
The end of the island contains two refrigerator drawers for soft drinks and other quick-grab items, keeping kids and noncooking adults out of the main fridge — and the chefs’ way. A second sink near the banquette offers a tucked-away spot for kids and food preppers to wash their hands.
Pale gray cabinets (Light Pewter by Benjamin Moore), a marble backsplash and quartzite counters set a softly sophisticated tone for this Boston kitchen by Windhill Builders. The fixtures feature a satin brass finish.
Designer Janelle Rasmussen of Interior Transitions Group wanted to create a modern farmhouse look for this kitchen in a Lakeville, Minnesota, model home by Robert Thomas Homes. Painted white perimeter cabinets (Dover White by Sherwin-Williams) are offset by a rich walnut in a desert sand stain. The stain also helps protect the island from kicking feet and bangs of pots and pans. The backsplash is Calacatta marble subway tile and the countertops are quartz.
Wall paint: Repose Gray by Sherwin-Williams; pendants: Cadence in polished nickel