Anything But Minimal

Mono-slabs of a single surfacing material have their place: in a contemporary kitchen, they're just what the designer ordered. But I find that approach rather flat-footed in rooms of a traditional bent. Here, stone tile edged in wood opens up the color palette, and contrasts nicely with the zinc sink deck. For grime-o-phobes casting a scolding eye on those grout lines, I humbly suggest a good sealer and a cutting board.