We get so many plaintive requests for help from readers saddled with little rental kitchens, tiled in ways they perhaps would not have chosen. You may have a black and white tiled kitchen, or one with pink and white squares lining your backsplash — and you're stuck with this scheme because you're a renter or lack the funds to renovate. Well, here's one way to make this look work for you: Paint part of the ceiling black!
This good idea comes from a house tour at Apartment Therapy, where the inhabitant of this kitchen chose to work with what he had, instead of demolishing and putting in a sleek modern kitchen. We love it when people do this: find ways to work with what they have, and to draw it into an attractive, cohesive whole, instead of just covering it up or destroying it. When it works, it can be fabulous, as it is here.
The tile may not be to everyone's tastes, but instead of tearing it out, Samer painted part of his ceiling black, and with the right light fixture, this just glams up the space. So cool!
• See the full tour: Samer's 1930's Streamline Moderne Apartment at Apartment Therapy
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(Images: Juan Enriquez)