Vancouver designer Melanie Finkleman shares her tricks and tips for creating a beautiful kitchen.

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Look for places to add visual interest in a white kitchen. Here, Finkleman used darker grout on the white subway tile on the backsplash, and a charcoal paint on the lower cabinets of the island.

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If you’re a baker, go for a bigger sink. Melanie Finkleman loves a large single bowl over a double sink—it’s easier to clean a cookie sheet or rinse a pan when you’ve got more space.

Family-Friendly Vancouver Kitchen

Find storage in unusual spots. This room has a classic pantry, but it also has a secret storage stash under the banquette in the eating area that’s perfect for toys and art supplies.

(Get more of Finkleman’s designer tips and see more photos from this modern family kitchen here!)