Designers Aly Velji and Katie Nelson of Alykhan Velji Design worked with Alloy Homes on this roomy Calgary kitchen, which feels all the airier thanks to the open-plan design overlooking the sunken living room adjacent. Open display shelving, built from the same rift-cut oak that's used for the cabinetry, separates the two rooms without feeling heavy. €œIt's a nod to that mid-century vibe that I love so much,€ says Velji, €œand It's a great space to house books and decorative accessories.€

A Ceiling Detail That’s Both Stylish and Functional

The team also kept the room's sight-lines open by forgoing pendant lights over the island. €œWe wanted to keep the views into the kitchen unobstructed,€ says Velji. €œAdding in the slatted detail above the island in the same wood tone helps to draw the eye without being overwhelming.€

Credit: Joel Klassen

Instead of a tiled backsplash, the design team carried the Nova Grey granite countertop up behind the range-top for a seamless look. Part of the pantry was designed to feel more like a built-in sideboard, opening up an opportunity for art above it.