1. Countertop. This rich royal blue color is known as "Sodalite". The blue gives an unexpected touch to the overall design.
2. Cabinetry. This is a bold move, but choosing a punchy color for one area in your kitchen, such as this cranberry color for the island, ensures a fresh look no matter the season.
3. Backsplash. These custom red glass tiles provide something unique and a focus for the back of the cooktop.
4. Open shelving is not only an opportunity to showcase your favorite objects, but the shelving itself can add a touch of color. Installing undermount lighting in this kitchen enhances the floating, airy feel.
5. Light fixtures. The designer kept the rest of the space monotone and natural but emphasized the island with multi-colored lamp shades, a deep blue counter and comfy brown bar stools.
6. Ambient lighting is a relatively inexpensive way to generate drama in a kitchen. Here is an example of creating the illusion of floating objects. The orange red ambient light just above the bulkhead complements the red TV wall.
7. Accent wall. This is not your ordinary painted wall. The designer used a unique wood veneer to cover an entire wall surface to contrast a white kitchen, and used the same wood for the face of the built-in fridge.
The kitchen is defined not only by a lowered ceiling, but also by the blue-gray color of the surfaces.