A old mirror over the sink creating the illusion of window and reflects space and light, beautiful tableware in the dishwashing rack and a open shelf gives a lightness above the cabinets in this small kitchen.
Kitchen Concrete Interiors: The polished concrete kitchen island with open shelving in this photo from French magazine Maison Cote du Sud, provides plenty of storage and workspace, and lends some edge to the somewhat rustic room.
Mexican tile island and prep table. Tile conserves resources, ie hardwoods to make butcher block top, or marble to make top. One layer of inch marine plywood bonded to one layer of cement board to make a solid base for the tile.