Starting off with a simple white and wood kitchen, check out this chunky kitchen island, constructed like an oversized butchers block to contrast against the slim units and exposed shelving in the backdrop. The large island takes the starring roll in this layout, set off by a flourish in the form of an equally oversized faucet. The simplest way to introduce impact is with color, and this bright green cabinet run streaks ahead of most hues with zest. For slightly more subtle color blocking, try deep blue accents, or go all dark and dramatic with deep shades of gray. If you are blessed with a large amount of floor space for your culinary endeavors, consider making the layout of your space the special feature, like this unusual T-shaped creation.
If you are someone who goes through frequent style phases, evolving your taste with the seasons, then introduce color to your kitchen via the wall color rather than the unit finish to avoid costly revamps later. Keep the cabinets neutral and go mad with the paint instead to allow cheap and cheerful makeovers that can completely change the mood of the room.