The U‐shaped kitchen lends itself to high‐efficiency cooking: You can often pivot on one toe as you spin around from refrigerator to sink to stove. A good friend and accomplished cook swears by this kitchen layout. He loves it because it keeps people out of the way when he's cooking. Guests can hang out as long as they stay on "that" side of the peninsula! The U‐shaped kitchen (also called the C‐shaped kitchen) is the perfect expression of the work triangle we hear so much about in kitchen design.
Believe it or not, there can be such a thing as too much counterspace. When it happens it's most often seen in the L‐shaped kitchen layout. In this kitchen, hutch‐style cabinets on the countertop solve this problem, add to the aesthetic, and create additional storage. This solution also cuts down on the clutter that can appear when there's too much counterspace outside of the main work triangle.
The layering and mixing of finishes in this kitchen give it an old‐world charm. Note the glazed blue‐gray island and its relationship to the pendant above. The choices for a mahogany‐tone wood countertop, dark trim around the windows and a custom hood surround in particular were all made during the process of designing this kitchen and impact the overall finished look and style.