Just off the French kitchen is another bar area that gives the homeowners plenty of space for their frequent parties. Underfoot, a tapered French limestone floor gives the kitchen some "ooh-la-la" oomph. The darker cabinets here contrast with the maple wood cabinets in the kitchen, which have an opaque paint glaze called "modeling," giving a leathery effect that plays nicely off the aged metal hardware.
It sounds so simple, but so few of us think of it: make one base cabinet a rolling element, with a built-in chopping-block top for at-your-service accessibility. This is a great idea for small kitchens and large alike. If you don't like the look of casters, have your cabinetmaker conceal the wheels with a plinth for a completely inconspicuous solution.