White and Dark

Give me basically any white kitchen, and chances are I will like it.  For myself personally, I love traditional white kitchen designs with French elements, but give me a contemporary or even an ultra-sleek modern white kitchen, and I can absolutely appreciate it and revel in its beauty.  But a common theme I see in the white kitchens that I love is dark floors.  Something about the contrast really makes an impact on me.  There’s a richness there that you don’t get by pairing white kitchens with a light- or medium-grade floor.

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The mix of woods here is expertly done.  And the floor on a diagonal — that is great design practice for virtually any space.  It adds so much more visual interest.

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In this kitchen, they’ve married the island countertop, the bar stools, and the flooring to create a beautiful contrast.

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Again, it’s good practice to marry those woods in a design like this.  Not completely necessary but it really creates a special look.

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This is completely stunning.  It’s got a French country vibe, but the stainless steel keeps the space current and slightly soft contemporary.

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So this is interesting.  It’s black tile and it is a little harsh.  But there are so many softer features to this space…the floor actually grounds the entire room and keeps it from feeling too airy.  It’s also what makes the different finishes work together.

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This is one of my favorite inspiration kitchens.  It is expertly designed and literally every single piece works together.  Including the floors, which look cherry to me.  They’re not necessarily that dark with the red undertones, but the stark white makes them look darker.  The silver accents are the jewelry of the room.

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Ruard Veltman Architecture

This is a design that takes my breath away.  The grounding floors and island countertop, the swooping curve of the backsplash, the coffered ceiling that adds interest (never forget that your ceiling is your fifth wall) — there’s something so calming and serene about this kitchen.

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And then there’s this.  It’s a little bit fancy, a little bit European, and that floor and island make it all work together.  Your eyes have a place to rest — that’s key in any design, really, but especially a design with a lot of details to notice and look at.

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