Go boldIn a world of white kitchens, a broad stroke of color surprises. Try it on just the lower cabinets or the island, as in this Seattle kitchen by JAS Design Build (jasdesignbuild.com), to give the room a shot of energy. In open-floor plans, it helps to select a color that continues your home’s palette for a blended look. If making the kitchen stand out is your goal, choose a saturated hue, but keep the other elements subdued or raw to showcase your choice. 
Go quartziteEvery designer we talked to agreed: Quartzite is the new “it” material, especially if you want the look of marble with less care and lower cost. “Grey Goose” (similar to Calacatta, pictured) is Los Angeles designer Ana Henton’s (mass-arch.com)favorite variety. “I wish I could keep it a secret forever,” she says. Available at Daltile (daltile.com). 
Go three-dimensionalThe Brown Design Group(browndesigninc.com) created a 3-D effect for the backsplash by installing diamond-shape tiles in two colors to suggest cubes. Eliminating upper cabinets allowed the counter-to-ceiling application to be the kitchen’s focal point, and highlight the pitched ceiling.To view more trends, read the full article here.###