Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Decorating and Design
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European styling shines in every aspect of the transformed kitchen. Multicolored solid-surface countertops play off a bold backsplash composed of handmade 3/8-inch glass tile. Solid maple cabinets are simply styled to showcase the wood’s luminous grain.
Backsplash: Nature's colors inspired a malachite green, Murano glass–tile backsplash. The terrazzo countertop, custom designed to complement the backsplash, is made from concrete and ground-up glass from curbside and industrial recycling sources. (This heavy material requires solid wood cabinets for support.)
Rangehood: A minimalist wall hood (consisting of a stainless steel "chimney" and glass canopy) allows a nearly unimpeded view of the counter-to-ceiling backsplash. Between the gas/electric cooktop and the electric oven is a handy utensil drawer.