Don't forget to look up when designing your space. In this kitchen, the box beams on the ceiling are a sunny shade of yellow to match the cabinets. Exposed ceiling beams make a space with a high ceiling feel more welcoming.
open lower shelves on kitchen island. Harvest or farmhouse table look which is why I think I'm drawn to these types of islands - they look like furniture (table) in the room instead of cabinetry
Steal of a Deal: A $300 workbench does wonders as an island in this small kitchen. The homeowner found the antique workbench at a salvage shop -- complete with a patina top -- and transformed it into an island with cottage style by adding ball feet, cream-color paint, and a shelf at the bottom for open storage. The island supplies an abundance of work space and a casual eating area.