An enlarged island takes up the center of this sophisticated mediterranean kitchen with a bar on the end. A brick surround showcases the backsplash and cooking area to highlight it as the most important part of this family's kitchen.
A herringbone-patterned travertine floor, along with grasscloth wallpaper by Thibaut and a wood-panelled ceiling, bring texture and character to this room. The kitchen got a new lease on life with the addition of Ikea base cabinets fitted with custom doors to match the existing uppers. The marble-topped island was painted a contrasting grey and a $300 range hood in beadboard was painted a creamy white to match the cabinets.
Country kitchens are cheery and welcoming, with light and/or bright colors, painted and glazed cabinets with wire or metal inserts, woven baskets, beadboard panels, floral motifs, and decorative shelving and molding. French Country, English Country, Tuscan Country, cottage, farmhouse and garden are popular country styles that share a handcrafted, homespun look.