Not the Same Old, Same Old: 12 Unexpected Kitchen Design Choices

Not the Same Old, Same Old: 12 Unexpected Kitchen Design Choices

Nancy Mitchell
Jan 31, 2017
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The kitchen is first and foremost a functional space, but that doesn't mean it can't also be unforgettable. These twelve kitchens each have a single element that sets them apart from the ordinary — one eye-catching design feature that makes these spaces totally unique.

Above: The rest of this kitchen from Design by Us is pretty minimal and well-behaved, but then there's that gold island.

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This gorgeous emerald green Zellige tile backsplash, in a kitchen renovation from The Jungalow, caught my eye and held it.

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A bold Fornasetti wallpaper will completely transform your kitchen, as long as you don't mind feeling like you're being watched while doing the dishes. Via The D Pages.

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The antique cabinets and exposed brick walls are attention-getting enough, but that wildly patterned antique island really steals the show. Image from Inside Out.

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For a (relatively) inexpensive and particularly unique detail, why not try a little wallpaper on the ceiling? Spotted in Audra's Virginia home.

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Grey cabinets may not be that out of the ordinary, but that copper backsplash will make you do a double take. Image from Ferrum.

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The kid in me (and the adult in me too, if I'm honest) is so delighted with that rainbow floor. (It's rubber, which is colorful and pretty and springy and so so versatile.) Image from Interior Design.

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Constance Guisset's Vertigo suspension lamp, seen here in a kitchen from My Scandinavian Home, proves once again that the right lighting can totally make your kitchen.

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Those colors are striking, but it's the brass backsplash that really caught my eye in this space from Naked Kitchens.

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Statement appliances are one of our favorite new trends, and nothing elevates a neutral kitchen like a colorful stove. Images from Inside Out.

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These oversized tiles used as a backsplash add a colorful and unexpected touch to a modern kitchen. Image (and tiles) from Made a Mano.

(Image credit: Dromme Kjokkenet)

And finally, from Dromme Kjokkenet, there's this gold sink — a sweet little surprise to reward everyone who walks into your kitchen.

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