"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

"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

great kitchen island, i love how its open and shows all the dishes, and the wood and hutch are obviously my style

great kitchen island, i love how its open and shows all the dishes, and the wood and hutch are obviously my style

Trick the Eye...adding mirrors to kitchen cabinet doors to give the illusion of more space.

Trick the Eye...adding mirrors to kitchen cabinet doors to give the illusion of more space.

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."

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."

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