This is very cool because of its accessibility, and also because the darker colors help keep it homey. This is going to be a major element to any quality kitchen. You want it to be functional, but at the same time you need it to be visually pleasing. In fact, I would argue that a visually pleasing kitchen is just as important as a practical one. If you are going to be spending a lot of time there cooking, then you need it to be in both worlds, such as the above kitchen design. This is a gorgeous kitchen, with an island for prep, but also perhaps a breakfast nook.