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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