Choose a showstopper. For the island, Paquette splurged on custom blue concrete tile from Kismet, which gives the kitchen a luxe lift. He offset
the cost of the tile by using quartz for the countertops instead of marble, and basic Ikea cabinets.
Apply the rule of threes. “Using the same color in three completely different ways makes a room interesting,” Paquette says. Here, for instance, he repeats sapphire blue in the tile, window seat fabric, and walls.