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 neutral countertop and oak cabinetry in an oatmeal-colored finish ground the design. A trio of drum pendants lends luxury and lived-in elegance.

Bowls of fresh fruit stand in for formal floral arrangements. The bright green color connects the space to the outdoor environment.

An oversized under-counter sink and pull-down faucet accommodate culinary tasks big and small.

Both eco-friendly and eye-catching, a bamboo butcher block becomes sculpture when topped with a wrought-iron towel holder.

Backsplashes clad in wedgewood-blue glass tile pop against contemporary maple cabinetry, finished in a soothing shade of cream. A pear motif offers a nod to vintage kitchen style.

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

Little luxuries that save time and effort include a chrome pot filler, which features a 24-inch dual-jointed swing spout.

A hard-floor cleaner, which sweeps debris and steam-cleans floors, keeps messes at bay.

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.

To accommodate large parties and holiday gatherings, the kitchen is equipped with an oven, a microwave and a warming drawer, stacked one atop another, for convenience.

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.

A bean-filled clear glass hurricane lends rustic elegance. Candlelight transforms the work surface into a staging area for parties.

Glass, ceramic, hammered metal and stainless steel are among a collection of textures that serves as the room's eye candy.

Nested in a dedicated countertop basket, specialty cooking oils, vinegars, peppercorns and sea salts move along with the cook.

A stainless steel refrigerator and freezer flank floor-to-ceiling cabinetry. The understated contemporary design of the food storage units creates a seamless transition with the maple cabinet fronts.

\"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.

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