With so many stunning surfaces, patterns and finishing touches available for the kitchen, creating a cohesive materials palette can take you on an exciting journey of discovery in the home. But how to mix and match the ever-growing range of options to harmonious effect? For this story, we’ve curated some exceptional examples of kitchens that rely on unexpected material combinations for drama and interest. The kitchen shown here, for example, juxtaposes polished and matte textures in a seamless composition made to cater to the needs of a large family.
PHOTO BY MEGHAN BEIERLE-O’BRIEN
Designer Brad Krefman outfitted this texturally rich and tonal Aspen, Colorado, kitchen blueprinted by Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects. “Performance was important–particularly for the countertops–so we had durability in mind,” Krefman says, “but we also used materials that are honest and rich in character.” 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.
PHOTO BY TIM WILLIAMS
Williams Sonoma Home’s Parisian-designed Bastille kitchen island is an authentic nod to French chateau style, with its hand-built, solid mahogany frame and classic maple, mahogany and cherry veneers. A black granite inlay, yellow birchwood cutting board and brass details are the perfect finishing touches.
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Unique tile steeped in artisanal character adds punch to flooring and backsplashes alike. Here, the unglazed Natural Zellige tile by Cle (top) is handmade with terra cotta, while Ancestral Iron (bottom), from the Eastern Earthenware collection, is hand-formed from terra cotta and fired in a traditional beehive-shaped kiln.
PHOTOS COURTESY CLE
The farmhouse look gets a major update in the gorgeous glow of Currey & Company‘s Denison rectangular lantern. Stretched for a more modern feel, its design walks the line between bold and barely there with an airy, cage-like silhouette and a hammeredwrought-iron frame distressed with a Mole black finish.