Bold and Beautiful: Unexpected Combinations in the Kitchen

Bold and Beautiful: Unexpected Combinations in the Kitchen

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Nancy Mitchell
Jul 16, 2017
(Image credit: Leanne Ford Interiors)

There are some kitchen combinations that are tried and true. Subway tile and butcherblock. White marble and Shaker cabinets. Other mixes are a little less expected — juxtapositions of materials that, while unusual, just work.

(Image credit: Leanne Ford Interiors)

I'm a little bit obsessed with this kitchen by Leanne Ford Interiors, and its combination of marble and wood paneling. It's definitely unexpected — modern luxury meets retro grunge — but it works beautifully.

(Image credit: Saveur)

In this kitchen from Saveur, an antique island makes a dramatic contrast with a modern, minimal, white-and-stainless kitchen.

(Image credit: Domino)

Stainless steel is a common material in modern kitchens, but to see it paired with rich, deep colors, as in this kitchen from Domino, is certainly unusual.

(Image credit: Nordic Design)

Everything about this kitchen from Nordic Design is modern and sleek — except for the island, which adds an unexpected and welcome touch of warmth.

(Image credit: The Style Files)

Wood and marble make another appearance in this kitchen from The Style Files, which pairs white marble and white cabinets with a wooden island. The contrast helps to play up the wood's beautiful grain.

(Image credit: Elle Decoration)

There's a lot to love about this kitchen from Elle Decoration, but my favorite part is the small slab of green marble at the end of the cabinets, which adds a bit of luxury and a touch of the unexpected. This is a great way to add a bit of stone to a kitchen if you can't afford to do the whole countertop in a more expensive material.

(Image credit: Design and the City)

The all-steel lower cabinets in this kitchen from Design and the City form a beautiful contrast with the white, Shaker-style uppers (and the painted wood floor). It's a kind of industrial-meets-farmhouse look, incorporating the best of both styles into something entirely new.

(Image credit: Emmas Designblogg)

The gold island turns this hyper-minimal kitchen from Emmas Designblogg into a rich, luxe space.

(Image credit: Houzz)

In this kitchen from Houzz, brass (and walnut) drawer fronts meet concrete countertops for the ultimate high-low mix.

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