By Yulia Yevgeniya. Kitchen. Wednesday, October 18th 2017, 10:53:09 AM.
You can also create a U‐shaped kitchen by adding a freestanding island to an L‐shaped kitchen. In this case, the one end cabinet was turned to face away from the kitchen, and a beadboard end panel was added to allow for a place to intersect the open island. Because the island is open, you have knee space for stools and seating without needing an overhang.
Wood counters, naturally, also work well in spaces that already feature wood cabinets – that is, if you’re a true wood lover and don’t mind it dominating the palette. Notice in several of these examples how wood only dresses the island counters. Wood in general is an excellent material to use for an accent counter (often on an island or a small "chopping zone" in butcher block), contrasting with nearby stone or solid‐surface counters in a pleasing way.
Displayed collections. As long as there’s a place for everything and everything is in its place, there’s no reason not to keep your favorite items on full display. Pot racks, plate racks, a few open shelves and a glass‐front cabinet let these homeowners enjoy their copper cookware, silver and china from the kitchen table, which takes up most of the room in this charming kitchen.