Originally Posted by SloopJonB
How about "warm" & "comfortable" instead of "cold" & "sterile".
I don't know anyone who would like their personal boat to look like a Volvo 70 down below. Even the Volvo racers are more than happy to get off those things. That sort of environment is something one puts up with as a tradeoff for racing performance, not a choice anyone welcomes as a preference.
I have to admit I like Stainless Steel counters, perhaps from my restaurant background, makes me feel at home. For me it has a kind of 1950's feel to it.