They say the kitchen is the heart of the home.  We have to agree. The layout, design and functionality of the kitchen is most important. Today’s kitchen is both a work space for cooking and a casual space for dining.  Back-splashes do more than protect walls, eye catching materials  and patterns make them the focal point of the kitchen. Interesting lighting placed over the island adds intimacy and scale.  Mixing neutral colors and materials will give the kitchen a timeless quality.