When you look at a lot of kitchens, you see a lot of white cabinets and white marble countertops and subway tile. And of course those things are lovely, but every once in a while it's nice to see something totally different, a kitchen with colors or details or elements that completely set it apart from the rest. Here are five kitchens that are completely off the beaten path — in the best possible way.
Above: The sleek black cabinets and dark tiled walls of this Parisian kitchen (spotted on Trendland and AD Magazine) are enough to draw you in, but it's that GOLD ISLAND that really makes the room. Gold. Island. Just look at it.
The colors in this kitchen by Gisbert Poeppler are so delightful and unexpected — and if you look closely you'll notice that the detailing is unique as well. The small drawers and the shallow shelf above are perfect for tucking away little things that get used often, and two different countertop heights provide versatility for different tasks.
I'm in love with the dark drama of this kitchen by Flack Studio. The all-black cabinets make a bold statement, but it's the marble countertop and backsplash that really steals the show.
This kitchen from Berdoulat is built from salvaged paneling for a storied, old-world feel.
This kitchen from Pietro Russo may not seem all that unusual at first glance, but besides that brass toe kick there's also some really interesting detailing going on at the countertop: a strip of brass with what looks like black glass overlaid. Delicious.