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Don’t overlook this design trick.

Meghan Overdeep
September 29, 2018

Allow us to introduce you to one of the most overlooked and undervalued elements of kitchen design: the toe kick.

The toe kick is the little cove beneath your cabinets that, like its name suggests, houses your toes. As Apartment Therapy explains, the toe kick is a helpful ergonomic detail that prevents you from having to lean over awkwardly while you work at your countertop. Think of the discomfort you’d feel if you didn’t have that handy little cave for your toes!

To avoid standing out, most toe kicks are painted either black the same color as the cabinets. They are there to serve a practical purpose, after all.

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According to the trend-setters at Apartment Therapy, that doesn’t always have to be the case. In fact, many people are bringing the toe kick out of the shadows, choosing to highlight that faithful sliver of cabinet and make it a focal point of their kitchen design. And boy does it pay off. A statement toe kick can transform the look of the entire room with minimal effort.

Scroll down for a few examples of how a spiffed-up toe kick can transform a kitchen: