Designers Alanna Dunn and Reena Sotropa of Calgary-based Reena Sotropa In House Design Group know that all-white kitchens sometimes end up looking sterile: artfully mixing materials is key. “We feel it helps add layers of texture and character into a space,” says Dunn. “It also works wonders at cozy-ing up large spaces.”

Photo: Phil Crozier; architecture: McDowell & Associates; builder: Dream Ridge HomesPhoto: Phil Crozier; architecture: McDowell & Associates; builder: Dream Ridge Homes

The duo opted to lacquer this kitchen’s millwork in Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace to match the walls and trim, while wrapping the hood fan and island in white oak to anchor the room with warmth and depth (the end-gable’s chevron detail repeats throughout the home). The perimeter counter and backsplash in veined quartzite effortlessly balance against the island’s showstopping soapstone slab.

Photo: Phil Crozier; architecture: McDowell & Associates; builder: Dream Ridge HomesThe kitchen opens onto a nook, living room and formal dining room, so cohesive finishes were key to ensure visual flow throughout. The warm white oak finish of the island and range hood reflect the coffered ceiling in the living room. Photo: Phil Crozier; architecture: McDowell & Associates; builder: Dream Ridge Homes

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