"I mean look at that stove doing its thing—you don't need any more statements."Dark cabinetry painted Benjamin Moore's Midsummer Night creates a classic Edwardian feeling in the kitchen of this California home by designer Stephen Shubel. A crystal chandelier and high-gloss kitchen cabinets painted Farrow & Ball's Pitch Black "remind me of Paris apartments and grand French style," designer Tobi Tobin says of the kitchen in her Hollywood Hills farmhouse.Spin barstools from Crate & Barrel; light fixtures from Summer House; faucets by Waterworks."My style of decorating is, 'I love this, I love that, let's put it all together and make it work,'" says designer Krista Ewart. Benjamin Moore Aura in Salsa Dancing on cabinets and Oatmeal on walls."Everybody has a version of old light fixtures now, but I wanted something you didn't see in every other kitchen," designer Dan Doyle says of the lighting in a Napa Valley kitchen. Overscale willow basket lights from South of Market help define the breakfast area in a large kitchen in an Atlanta house decorated by Kay Douglass. A showstopping twig chandelier from Hudson Home brings a natural element, and some whimsy, inside an upstate New York house designed by Charles O. Walls and ceiling are Slipper Satin by Farrow & Ball.A complete overhaul wasn't in the cards (new cabinets are pricey!), so instead, she gave the cabinetry a fresh coat of paint."You don't want something with too much fabric that could get ruined from splashing," says Scott.He suggests an option that fits within the window — like a roman shade that you can easily pull up while you're washing dishes.To achieve it in this Montecito, California kitchen, a blackened umber glaze was applied to the cabinets, then painted over with a turquoise glaze.
The Kaihois' three-year-old daughter sits in the red Tripp Trapp high chair by Stokke. Kitchen designer Mick de Giulio created a homey kitchen with a retro feel in this Chicago home using yellow paint on the walls.Opt for frosted glass, if you feel like your shelves aren't display-worthy. "If I'm painting a room light gray, I'd add an accent wall that's two shades deeper."5. If you're irked by your kitchen's decades-old light fixture, replace it with a colorful pedant.Or, ditch the doors altogether to create the effect of open shelving. Since lighting is so important in any room, this one change can totally transform the entire space.The walnut floor, hand-scraped to give it even more character, changes to a chevron pattern in the adjoining breakfast room.The yellow paint, Benjamin Moore's HC10, unifies both rooms.