Not all stainless kitchens are cold, antiseptic, and institutional. This Brooklyn kitchen (featured in New York Magazine) shows how stainless can be paired with warm materials, like rustic wooden floor boards, to create a hard-working, homey space.
The owner didn't want a large refrigerator dominating the room, so she chose small undercounter refrigerator units:
Below L: View a variety of stainless cabinet and countertop options at stainlesssteelkitchen.com. Below R: Industrial-grade stainless steel work table with bottom shelf, $538 at kitchensource.com.
Below L: KitchenAid Architect Series II KURS24 24-inch under-counter stainless refrigerator, $1,319 at ajmadison.com. Below R: DCS UR624 24-inch refrigerator, $1,989 at ajmadison.com.
Below: One of our favorite stainless ranges (for others, see 10 Easy Pieces: EuroStyle Ranges) is the highly rated Thermador Dual-Fuel Range. Blue knobs are a nice touch; $6,799 at Abt Electronics:
Below: Complete the look with stainless counter top storage containers. Design Within Reach offers the Arne Jacobsen'sCylinda sugar bowl (L) for $79 and Cylinda creamer (R) for $59 at Zwello.
Below L: Grundtal magnetic knife rack, $8.99 at ikea.com. Below R: Grundtal magnetic-backed small containers, $4.99 for a 3-pack at ikea.com.