Black cabinetry is hot in a big way, and it infuses a kitchen with a hard-to-duplicate sense of mystery and glamour. But for some, all that darkness can feel heavy and oppressive. Buoy it with a shot of brilliant color, such as the red on this kitchen island. If you have open or glass-front cabinets, you can also use the same brilliant hue to brighten their insides, as seen here.
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A raised ceiling and removal of a wall opened up and lightened the space. Granite countertops, traditional cabinetry and stainless steel appliances complete the look.