A Basic Kitchen Can Really Shine With One Easy Tiling Trick

Say hello to this effortlessly cheerful kitchen designed by Tina Rich, which makes a strong case for focusing on one standout item in a pared-back room. Its all-white color palette gives the look an appropriately light and fresh feel, which is further enhanced by the sleek hardware-free cabinets and glossy subway tile backsplash. This blank slate makes it super easy for the kitchen's thoughtful details to shine, like the gilded finish of the globe pendants overhead and the wood accent of the coordinating stools below. But of course, those stunning blue tiles on the island comprise the true centerpiece of this space. Its 3D design is visually compelling in its own right, but when set against a clean aesthetic, it becomes even more of a showstopper. If you're one for minimalism, this tiling effect is perfect for you — just remember to choose a pattern that really pops against everything else.

Recreate this look starting with these pretty pieces.

Backless wooden bar stool
credit: West Elm

Kelly Weimert

Kelly Weimert

Kelly is a full-time freelance writer, aspiring aerialist, and passionate interior design enthusiast. She's a regular contributor to design-centric publications like Apartment Therapy, The Spruce, and TexasLiving Magazine.