Many homeowners are afraid to contrast mostly light palettes with dark colors, fearing the result will be a dim room. This pretty combo proves otherwise. The horizontally oriented backsplash -- a gentle but arresting mix of black, gray, and white -- gathers all shades into one. Black pops up strategically on the island's edges as well as the upper cabinets, balanced by creamy white lower and fridge surround spaces. Marble countertops also mix the three shades into a sleek finish for the kitchen.