Designing & Decorating Kitchens

by | Jul 9, 2021 | Designing, How-To, Kitchens, Room-By-Room


Oceanside Glasstile ( handcrafted these backsplash tiles from recycled bottles to form the jewel in the crown of a rustic kitchen. The traditional olive-toned subway tile sets off irridescent metallic tile that has been set on the diagonal. Glass tile reflects the light in what could be a dark space over the stove.


1867 Confederation Log Homes

Who says you can’t mix materials and styles in an open-plan kitchen? The dark granite counter topped with black cabinets contrasts beautifully with the light log walls and light antiqued lower cabinets. The black is carried over on the door and window trim. The L-shaped breakfast bar is stained a red-brown and topped with a dark wood countertop. The result is a memorable and visually interesting kitchen.

Photo by Karl Neumann

The centerpiece of this kitchen is the massive copper hood over the stove. The dark wood cabinets are topped with a rustic granite with a natural edge. A lighter wood is used on the breakfast bar top for additional contrast.


Industrial design meets rustic logs in this striking kitchen. The dark gray walls highlight the logs and the light countertops. The cabinet bases are one tone of wood with doors stained a different color. Instead of the usual pendants, this kitchen has metal spotlights that illuminate the work surface.


Golden Eagle Log Homes

Every kitchen deserves one spectacular and unique feature. In this one, the stone sink stands out against the black granite countertops and sleek wood cabinets. A farmhouse-style sink is a great addition to any kitchen, whether it be copper, stainless steel, or porcelain. The black appliances buck the current trend toward stainless steel but really complement the warm tones of the wood. Also note that the breakfast bar in the foreground has a wood countertop with a raw edge.


T.J.’s Wood Products

A professional chef would be right at home in this kitchen with its high-end stainless steel stove and double refrigerator. There is plenty of counter space for food preparation and a lot of cabinet storage space. The gray painted walls show off the warm tones of the wood, granite countertops, and light colored flooring.


Tomahawk Log Homes

The focus of this kitchen is the stone wall behind the stove. The rusticity of the stone contrasts with the more modern stainless range hood and appliances. The dark walls set off the Shaker-style light wood cabinets and window trim. Black granite tops the outer cabinets while the island is topped with practical and attractive butcher block. The sink is strategically placed for a nice view of the outdoors.