And Now for Something Completely Different: 10 Standout Kitchens

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Conservative kitchens can be beautiful: ain't nothing wrong with subway tile and shaker cabinets. But maybe you're looking for something different. Something really, really different. For you, we've created this collection of standout kitchens: cooking spaces with one (or more) features that make them anything but typical.

Above: black and marble you've seen before, but black and marble and gold? That's worth a second look. And maybe a third and a fourth. Fiona Lynch via The Design Chaser.

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Shiny, dark green cabinets make this traditionally-styled kitchen from Matchbook Magazine just a little bit unusual.

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We love the idea of taking a bold tile from the backsplash all the way to the floor. From Shubin + Donaldson.

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A mirrored island makes this kitchen (spotted on CGarchitect) stand out. This room actually doesn't exist (it's a rendering!) but it does exist in my dreams.

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The kitchen in Cameron Diaz' Manhattan apartment screams glamour. Emerald cabinets and a brass backsplash are a showstopping combination.

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Brass fixtures (including a beautiful free-floating range hood) and a live edge countertop make this kitchen in a Brooklyn apartment anything but typical.

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It's so unusual for a kitchen, but this allover green palette — gorgeous green tile, pale green countertops, green Philippe Starck stools — is breaktaking. Stainless steel and concrete countertops work with the color scheme and add a minimalist touch. Spotted on HomeLife.

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I love the gorgeous patina (and lovely hardware) on the wood cabinets in this cottage kitchen.

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It's the configuration of this kitchen that makes it eye-catching. A u-shaped kitchen with no upper cabinets takes advantage of a huge, open space. Now if only I had a gorgeous Paris apartment to build one in. Kvik via Nordic Design.

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Everything about this kitchen is so beautiful and different — the grain of the wood cabinets, the black counter and backplash, the single shelf, that gorgeous range hood — but the overall effect is quite minimal. That's good design.

(Image credits: Fiona Lynch; Matchbook Magazine; Shubin + Donaldson; Cgarchitect; Elle Decor; Dwell; HomeLife; Trove Interiors; Kvik; Desire to Inspire)

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