design*sponge: The marble countertop and backsplash paired with white countertops make this small Brooklyn kitchen feel spacious. One thing that I NEVER hope to have is Non-Matching Countertop and Back-Splash.THIS is the way to go!
subway tile + open shelves (wood tones warm up grays). dark grout, gray floor tile For kitchen, lighten cabinets to match open shelves tones, add white subway tile w grey grout and keep grey paint on wall. Consider wood tile instead of hardwood floor.
Kitchen Concrete Interiors: The polished concrete kitchen island with open shelving in this photo from French magazine Maison Cote du Sud, provides plenty of storage and workspace, and lends some edge to the somewhat rustic room.