By Yulia Yevgeniya. Kitchen. Wednesday, October 18th 2017, 10:55:51 AM.
The L‐shaped kitchen is by far the most popular layout these days. It's most often seen with an island, so it's perfect for entertaining, multiple‐chef cooking or for making dinner while the kids sit at the island and get help with their homework. The adaptability of this layout is what makes it so desirable. Whereas a galley or U‐shaped kitchen can work in the smallest of spaces, you often need a bit more room for an L‐shaped kitchen with an island. This layout has the most amount of variations by far and works with any style, whether a kitchen is modern, traditional or somewhere in between.
Dark counters, in tones such as black or charcoal, can appear very gothic in some situations and perfectly harmonious in others. If you have dark cabinetry, dark floors or other rich and weighty finishes, a dark countertop will fit right in. In this example, you can see that the white counter is the one that pops, compared with the island counter, which almost blends into the deep wood drawer fronts. If you’re going for a dark‐on‐dark palette, it helps to have lots of light sources, natural or added (or both). This will keep the space feeling cozy and sophisticated instead of just cave‐like.
Concrete Kitchen Counters. Pigments, stains and dyes can create concrete counters with color and visual texture. With the right sealer, a concrete counter can be well worth its cost – at least $100 to $150 per square foot installed.