A dark wood floor and island are practical and chic.
"Make your stove the focal point of the space," advises chef Lynn Crawford of HGTV. "My kitchen island, sink and seasonings are right beside the stove, so all I have to do is pivot!" The butcher-block countertop on the island (which incorporates generous cookbook storage) makes it look unfitted and authentic, just the place for a professional to get to work.
See more bistro & restaurant-style kitchens in this gallery.