An unimaginative kitchen layout with a down-drafted gas cooktop in an island with little knee space had modest requirements for reconfiguration.

A Giallo Rio granite now provides a generous area for coloring books and toys during meal preparation, with an under counter refrigerator drawer dedicated to toddler treats. A complementing mosaic tile pattern centered on the hood vent also wraps the room in a horizontal band, that both equally divides the backsplash, and subtly glitters in the warm bath of under cabinet lighting.

Completing this room is wall color that sets off the chocolate glaze of the perimeter cabinetry and pigments in the work surface.