"I wanted this jolt of color to emphasize that the kitchen is the joyful heart of the house," says designer Christina Rottman. To achieve it, a blackened umber glaze was applied to the cabinets, then painted over with a turquoise glaze. Buffing, stippling, and scraping gave the cabinets a timeworn look. Countertops are limestone. Mikkel Vang - HouseBeautiful.com
In a natural and modern Sonoma house, the steel island is topped with Pietra Grigia granite set into a metal frame. Barstools by Holly Hunt. Custom light fixture. A recessed oak cabinet was wire-brushed and stained black to echo the gunmetal finish on the island. "I like to use black in all my interiors," says designer Rela Gleason. "It's like an exclamation point." David Tsay - HouseBeautiful.com
Rich Cobalt A blue-and-white color palette is traditonal, but the cobalt island is a bold take on the classic look. Outfitted with display space for a collection of dishware, the island is both pretty and practical.
Homeowner Craig Kettles painted his kitchen's island Bayberry Green from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. Kettles chose green to incorporate the space into its natural surroundings. "The house is on a lake, surrounded by trees, and it was a way of connecting the kitchen to the outdoors," he says. Iron rack with 12 votives by Jan Barboglio. Rhone pendant lights and Pacific City sconces above range from Rejuvenation. AeroTech wall oven by Fisher & Paykel.