Kitchen Cupboards, Islands, Backsplashes

You stare out the small white framed window and gaze on the rows of lavender. “I wanted the kitchen to “go away” — which, it turns out, is an unpopular notion,” designer Michelle Prentice says of her understated cooking area “After we’re seated at the dining desk, the kitchen recedes; it seems like we’re in a totally totally different room.” The Danish eating desk is surrounded by Jacob Kjaer chairs in Bretano’s Royalsuede and classic French armchairs in Lee Jofa’s Tahira Ottoman cloth.

Her grisaille palette, with partitions in Benjamin Moore Aura in Pike’s Peak Grey, affords a subtle contrast to brilliant colors elsewhere in the home. “Cobalt was a fun approach to steer clear of the typical all-white kitchen,” says Mark D. Sikes , who chose Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue for this cheery island; the stools are by Serena & Lily, the Roman shade is in a China Seas fabric and the rugs are from Sprint & Albert.

Each serviceable and handsome, this cabin-fashion kitchen designed by Megan Rice Yager — clad in reclaimed wooden — is an inviting spot to warm up. Kitchens operating along one wall can be a good solution to create an open-plan house, …