Once I've worked with the client to pick the collage of materials for the kitchen, we lay these out to focus on paint color. The reason this phase often comes bit later is that the kitchen might be under construction and still have the old paint color on the walls. The floors may be covered in that pinkish‐red rosin paper, which can affect the look of the color on the walls.
By contrast, this classic kitchen with walnut cabinets and a marble tile backsplash has less ornamentation than the previous one, but it's still all about the series of small choices: the simplicity of one cabinet finish and wood species, the decision to run the marble tile all the way to the ceiling and match the same marble on the countertops. By way of a series of small choices, this kitchen reveals its personality and says, "This is who I am: I'm classic, warm, and earthy".
Barn red. Blackburn Architects notes that this kitchen is a "project that salvages a historic German‐style bank barn that fell into serious decay and readapts it into a private family entertainment space".