This kitchen’s handmade blue tile is the star of the culinary show, but never borders on overbearing. “We wanted something ‘pretty’ to play against the steel, concrete and wood in a cool colour tone,” says New Westminster, B.C.-based Randy Bens of Randy Bens Architect.

Randy Bens Architect Kitchen Andrew LatreilleThe stairway on the far side of the kitchen with its mix of steel and wood slats defines the entry and dining room, while a steel beam runs the length of the floor to connect the space to the kitchen. Photo by Andrew Latreille.

The overall palette focuses on lighter shades in only a few tones and textures—kitchen uppers and towers in soft grey, base cabinets in rift-cut white oak, white counters with subtle veining—which all work in concert to make the room feel larger. “It’s also filled with light so the neutral palette allows for a mix of existing and new furnishings,” says Bens.

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