A kitchen is not the easiest room to decorate [they can say that again!]. So many objects are necessary to its functioning and wall space is often very limited. The choice for background in this kitchen is white. White, however, can look antiseptic, especially when in contrast with deep wood tones. To make this background look more interesting, a second color is added--blue. It appears in the hood and in the ceramic tile behind the range, where it is paired with black--a wise companion choice because black is neutral and a third color in the stripe would limit the scheme. For example, if the stripe were red, the accent color would be built in and unchangeable.
The ceiling gives this kitchen a personal stamp, making the room seem snug and wider. It is just about the only area with enough space to produce a different look.