The deal with this design is that you have both the wide space of a U-shape, but you are not confined to it. That is one of the issues that I have run into with the U-shape design. It can sometimes work against the space by making you feel claustrophobic and kind of trapped. But with this pace it is big enough that you can cook and move in it without having to be trapped in a smaller space. The color scheme also helps open it up as well. Black and brown together are sort of a classic color combination for a good kitchen.