I love the set of knives I have. They were the first engagement gift that my husband and I received. They are Chicago Cutlery, stainless steal, and each is one solid piece. No handles that can break off. They came with a knife block that I keep on my counter. At our first townhome, the light-colored wood block went pretty well with my white kitchen. When we moved for my husband's job, our kitchen colors changed. We have dark cabinets and the walls have a gold-ish paint sponged over the white walls (it looks better than it sounds, plus we rent so we can't paint). The light knife block stuck out like a sore thumb.
We have our kitchen in bright colors. A big red mixer, multi-colored fiestaware containers, and the prettiest rug woven with red, yellow, orange, and green. I wanted my knife block to have some color as well. I carefully took the knives out and started to paint. I knew I wanted it to be red to balance out my mixer. I did it while my husband was out, and he noticed it almost as soon as he came in. I think it turned out pretty well!