"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
Dutch blue. Occasionally, one element drives the color scheme. "The owner chose the color to match the delft tiles," says James Crisp of Crisp Architects. "It's actually a faux finish with an overcoat of a black texture."