Choose your favorite cabinets, countertops, backsplash, faucet, and decor to create a kitchen that shows off your personality.

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Gray kitchen cabinetry

Go Gray

There’s nothing boring about gray cabinetry. The fashion-forward choice excites against marble-look counters and mosaic stone tile. Silver hardware finishes and a gray fabric window shade complete the look. Cabinets shown are Diamond’s Peyton style in a Portobello finish. These are paired with American Olean Delfino smoky topaz mosaic tiles (#252969), Chiaro fnatural stone tiles (#260610), and Arctic Topaz limestone tiles (#253456). Kohler’s Bellera stainless-steel faucet (#311458) is lit by a Hammond nickel mini pendant (#411831, Model V5070-62).

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Cream-color cabinet vignette

Call Out a Classic

We love creamy off-white cabinets (Dresden door style in Amaretto Crème from Diamond), especially when they’re paired with a sophisticated stone-look laminate countertop and a glass-tile backsplash of Dark Straw Brush Strokes glass mosaics (#245414) and Barrel Glass mosaic subway tiles (#373008). The oil-rubbed finishes on the hardware, lighting, and Moen’s Muirfield faucet -- shown in Mediterranean bronze (#73547) -- take color cues from the tile. Lighting the sink is an allen + roth™ oil-rubbed bronze mini pendant (#137330).

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Natural wood-finish cabinets with a subway tile backsplash

Wake Up Wood

Rich cherry cabinets and dark stone-look counters come to life next to a light, lively porcelain backsplash. The window shade repeats the design’s vertical lines, while the pendant (#351053) and faucet (#311841) positively gleam. The backsplash combines Leonia sand-glazed porcelain mosaic subway tiles (#120556) and sand-glazed porcelain floor tiles (#486466).

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Mosaic tile backsplash

Make a (Back) Splash

Consider popular subway or mosaic tiles arranged in a lively pattern to create a focal point. For example, put your personal stamp on the backsplash pattern by going vertical instead of horizontal or by adding border or accent tile.

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Blue window shade fabric

Treat Your Windows to Shades

Let fabric window treatments soften hard kitchen lines and surfaces. Choose a window treatment that provides the light and privacy you need while adding texture and pattern. Use window treatments to add a splash of color in a low-risk way.

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Pendant light fixture

Build in Elegant Lighting

Make lighting part of your kitchen design from the start -- not an afterthought. Use a high-profile light fixture -- such as a pendant above the sink -- to set the style for your kitchen. Choose a fixture that repeats a shape, finish, or bit of detailing from other kitchen elements.

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Cream-color cabinetry details

Select Cabinets with Care

Choose a cabinetry style you can live with for years. Consider different finishes for upper, lower, and island cabinetry. Check the door profile: Straight lines tend to have a clean aesthetic, while curved moulding looks more traditional.

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Marbled countertop close-up

Counter Arguments

Choose your countertops in concert with the cabinets and backsplash. Look for a countertop material that subtly picks up a color or a pattern from your cabinets or backsplash. Explore solid surfaces, quartz, and laminates as alternatives to stone.

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Bronze-finish kitchen faucet

Style on Tap

Find a faucet that pairs well with the sink, cabinet hardware, and light fixtures. Pay attention to finishes: Polished finishes reflect light and add luminosity; brushed and satin finishes are more muted, adding subtle detail. Go bold with a dark and dramatic bronze-finish faucet.

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Kitchen Refresh Ideas

Revive any kitchen with these tasteful upgrades and additions. Islands, cabinets, and decorative touches are all on the menu.

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Subway Tile Backsplash Pattern Guide

There's more than one way to decorate a kitchen or bath with subway tile. Choose from our tile patterns to find a look that harmonizes with your design.

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Kitchen Island Makeover 3 Ways

Build a kitchen island that adds valuable work space, smart storage, and sleek style. Follow our steps for the basic island or add on a kitchen desk or table.

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