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. €œWe feel it helps add layers of texture and character into a space,€ says Dunn. €œIt also works wonders at cozy-ing up large spaces.€

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.

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