Tone It Down

I'm feeling a little overwhelmed these days; as happens in life, there's too many things that need tending to, and not enough time to do so. This kitchen, by Faye Toogood, steadies me. The dove-grey palette calms without going dramatically, depressingly dark. Oversized cabinet knobs offer a reassuring, two-handed grip. Even the plinth, broken into discrete segments rather than an open sweep of space, works to slow the design down.

One key to the quietude could be the avoidance of shiny metallic elements; the sink looks to be ceramic or stone, and the faucet appears powder-coated.