Add Texture To Your Kitchen With Inspo From These Spaces


Look to these exquisite designs for ways to incorporate textural touches into your kitchen space—whether through beautiful Zellige tiles, woven seating, statement lighting or rustic accents.

A kitchen with a brown wood island and white tile backsplash

Photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

Capturing square footage from what was formerly a five-car garage, Rhodes created the home’s new kitchen with entertaining in mind. Clé’s weathered-white terra-cotta Zellige tiles contribute tonal texture along the backsplash wall. The perimeter countertops showcase Carrara marble and the island is topped with Cristallo Extra quartzite, both from Daltile.

kitchen cabinet benjamin moore oil cloth

Photo: Haris Kenjar

“I found the cabinet color first and knew it should be two-tone with wood because of the kitchen’s layout,” the designer says of Benjamin Moore’s Oil Cloth shade. The Ball cabinet knobs by Rejuvenation are some of her favorites. The rustic zellige tile is by Clé.

Pantry with charcoal cabinetry, black-and-white checkerboard floors and white-tiled walls

Photo: Chris Edwards

Marble checkerboard floors by G.B.I. Tile and Stone lay the foundation for a high-contrast breakfast pantry. Handmade terra-cotta tiles by Marble Systems give the walls an intriguing texture, while Benjamin Moore’s Wrought Iron on the cabinets contrasts polished bronze Rocky Mountain Hardware from ProSource. The black-and-white prints are through Soicher Marin.

A large black range is in a white kitchen with reclaimed wood details.

Photo: John Merkl

The kitchen is truly worthy of a chef with a La Cornue range sourced through Purcell Murray. White cabinetry is offset by black honed granite, and an Ann Sacks Bateig Blue limestone tile backsplash adds texture. Other textural elements include the concrete island’s reclaimed wood detail on the cabinetry and the range hood.

Kitchen with Eggersmann cabinetry.

Photo: Manny Rodriguez

Eggersmann cabinetry in dark wood and mirrored glass conceals the kitchen’s functional elements. A leathered-stone island top, Taj Mahal quartzite countertops and backsplash and porcelain wall panels with the look of patinated steel add texture. The Urban Electric Co.’s Winston pendant hangs above a faucet sourced through Expressions Home Gallery.

Classic kitchen with white subway tile backsplash, mohair-covered counter stools and mercury glass bell jar ceiling pendants

Photo: Emily Followill

Taking her cues from the kitchen’s existing cabinetry and range, designer Andrea Henzlik added a new island topped with Imperial Danby marble to match the perimeter countertops. The Urban Electric Co. Urban Smokebell pendants, unlacquered-brass hardware from Matthew Quinn Collection and hair-on-hide stools by Bobby McAlpine for Holland MacRae add unexpected textures.

The white kitchen has white and gold pendant lighting, marble countertops and wooden stools.

Photo: John Woodcock

The homeowners wanted to add character to the builder-grade kitchen, so Simon incorporated sculptural wooden stools from Arteriors and open shelves from Rejuvenation for warmth and texture. The trio of pendant lights above the island is from Visual Comfort & Co.

kitchen with french farm table and vintage chairs

Photo: Julia Lynn

“For an addition to look organic, it’s necessary to use the vernacular of the time,” Stuart says of the historically rooted cooking space. “I wanted it to look like the fireplace in a cook’s kitchen that I just happened to slide a Wolf stove into.” The French farm table and vintage chairs—half of them upholstered in Katie Leede & Company’s Shade of Sycamore floral linen—are from Stuart’s boutique.

traditional neutral kitchen marble countertops

Photo: Werner Segarra

Pendants by Vaughan hang above the kitchen island, which is topped in Calacatta Gold marble countertops by Arizona Tile. Painted cabinets by Goodall Custom Cabinetry & Millwork and sleek Dornbracht fixtures contrast with warm, reclaimed brick overhead. Tile by Facings of America provides the backsplash.

coastal kitchen blue counter stools neutral cabinetry

Photo: Nick Johnson

Hidden appliances and a spacious butler’s pantry reduce clutter in the kitchen and let pristine Silestone marble countertops and Schwinn hardware shine. The natural bamboo pendants are by Roost, and the clients’ own barstools are covered in the same Christopher Farr Cloth fabric. The painting on the right, by David Drebin, slides away to reveal a hidden TV.

traditional white kitchen island stools

Photo: Nick Sargent

The kitchen’s custom hood above the Wolf range is bordered with a pecky wood cypress salvaged from the original house on the property, while handmade white-glazed terra-cotta mosaics from Morocco add dimension to the backsplash. The large marble-topped island has an overhang for seating, where Laura Kirar Ring stools in a dark tobacco finish by McGuire pull up to the counter; overhead are Gibson light pendants by The Urban Electric Co. with shades painted in a sea-glass hue. The polished-nickel pot filler and faucets are by Perrin & Rowe.

Wooden and rattan features sit just outside the kitchen

Photo: Tim Williams

A 19th-century French dressmaker’s table discovered at Obsolete gallery in Los Angeles separates the great room’s dining and living areas; in the latter, Hans Wegner’s iconic Hoop chair—from Lost City Arts in New York—cozies up to the fire. Just beyond it is the home’s entertaining kitchen, which features ceilings and a range hood clad in planks of reclaimed wood from Oregon.

transitional neutral kitchen and staircase

Photo: Peter Molick

A Lindsey Adelman chandelier illuminates the kitchen’s wenge veneer-clad island, topped with leathered quartzite, and a raised counter Custom Floors Unlimited fabricated from salvaged beams. The glazed backsplash brick is from Materials Marketing, and the Rocky Mountain Hardware pieces are from Hollywood Builders Hardware.

modern white kitchen black island

Photo: Laura Moss

Texture continues in the kitchen with woven barstools by Ballard Designs. Terry and Papworth paired a Rohl sink with a Newport Brass faucet and Rejuvenation hardware. The Visual Comfort lanterns that hang throughout the space are from Circa Lighting.

coastal white kitchen black barstools

Photo: Rebecca McAlpin

Six Nuevo barstools surround the island in the open kitchen, which is outfitted with custom white-oak cabinetry in a cerused finish from East End Country Kitchens and Caesarstone quartz countertops. The woven wooden Roman shades are from Dreams Upholstery.


Photo: Tim Williams

Designer Brad Krefman outfitted this texturally rich and tonal Aspen, Colorado, kitchen blueprinted by Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects. The lineup? Copper mesh in lieu of glass on the upper cabinet door fronts, precast-concrete perimeter countertops, a Taj Mahal quartzite countertop on the island and a custom range hood featuring plaster and reclaimed oak.