HGTV Dream Home 2012: Kitchen Pictures

A calm and soothing space with views of both the Provo River and mountain ranges beyond, HGTV Dream Home's compact yet hardworking kitchen serves up style and utility.

A palette inspired by Utah's beautiful blues — water, mountains and skies — continues from the great room to the kitchen, where an 8-by-4-foot quartz-topped island accommodates both food prep and entertaining.

A limestone-clad threshold delineates the kitchen from the living space.

Under-stove storage shelves make space for large yet essential kitchen appliances, pots and pans.

Clean-lined contemporary hardware complements the style of cabinetry. The stainless steel finish continues a color story of gray in the space.

Cabinet doors on each end of the island open to reveal shallow shelves, space ideal for storage of spices and cooking essentials.

Brazilian chestnut floors extend into the dining area where oversized Windsor chairs flank a trestle-style table.

Combination drawers, incorporated in the island front, keep prepared food items close at hand.

A forward-facing wine storage cabinet invites guests to make their own wine pairings. Separate zones precisely control wine temperature.

"We wanted lots of extra space for dishes and canned goods — all the things that maybe you don't use every day," says interior designer Linda Woodrum of a maple-wood pantry located in the hallway.

Pullout trays and storage drawers accommodate baking and food supplies and provisions stockpiled for an extended holiday stay.