I've always loved Victoria Smith's (of sfgirlbybay) personal style. She calls it "bohemian modern" but there's a lot of black and white, a lot of wood. Her new rental kitchen is the perfect example: the wood cabinets are nothing fancy — they look like basic contractor-grade cabinets — but she really made it work by creating a strong, neutral palette around it. Of course, plenty of light doesn't hurt! See more photos below:
Lots of wood accessories (and I love her salt cellars!) really pop against the black countertop and crisp white walls. If you want to go neutral, this is the way to do it.
I love it, but personally I'd have one bright thing in the kitchen, say, a vase of hot pink flowers!
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(Images: Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay)