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Additional highly visible textural elements include the massive ceiling beams. They initially draw the eye up, notes Curtis, but they come back into play and are grounded into the space with the inclusion of the dark island, which is crafted from rift-cut white oak and accented with a live-edge wood top. The custom perimeter cabinets, which are sheathed in a blue hue finished with a glaze to highlight the details, also spotlight glimpses of texture via the addition of mesh panel doors that partially conceal the TV. Curtis also likes to mix metals, finishes and materials, as demonstrated with the silver cabinet hardware combined with the oil-rubbed bronze fixtures, and the copper island sink that blends with the porcelain perimeter sink. "Mixing metals, materials and finishes really brings every- thing to life and allows everything to stand on its own," she says. Another favorite textural element that Curtis likes to use is a 'dressed up' backsplash, which she often takes to the ceiling. In this case, natural stone is set in a chevron pattern and its honed finish contrasts against the polished granite countertops. NATURAL TEXTURE Danziger also followed the notion that 'more is more' in a kitchen addition completed in a 300-year-old house where texture is glorified via interior as well as exterior elements. For example, the walls of windows provide virtually unob- structed views of her client's yard, showcasing the ultimate in Mother Nature's texture. The designer also brought some of the outdoors in by cover- ing much of the ceiling with wood. The portion that isn't encased in wood is glass, which extends visual access to the outdoors. "The wood is very grainy…and very dramatic," she notes. Wood makes additional appearances as the island top, where Peruvian walnut is featured, and as the dining table top, which has been repurposed and given a live edge. Texture is further highlighted in the driftwood finish for the perimeter cabinets, which are topped with concrete, as well as in accessories such as the open wine rack, the fabric-cov- ered chairs and even the stainless ventilation hood. However, texture needn't always be overt. In some instanc- es, it is much more subtle, such as in a white kitchen Danziger recently designed. Texture speaks more quietly via the tone- on-tone backsplash tiles where horizontal rows of smooth glass are complemented with rows of dimensional glass that resembles a flowing river. Other more understated textural elements include cabinet hardware that mimics a carved tree branch. "Textural ele- ments can sometimes be something quite small," she says, adding that the pineapple-shaped mugs made visible by the glass door panels also add texture to the room, as does the painted floor cloth. TEXTURAL COUNTERTOPS Wrenn often likes to incorporate texture via countertops. Such was the case in a recent kitchen remodel where stainless steel serves as the main countertop material, which is accented with granite for a raised bar and additional work surfaces. "The two materials offer a nice contrast in different surfaces and how much they reflect light," she says, adding that the highly patterned, stained checkerboard floor also emphasizes contrast. "Countertops, in general, are a great way to add texture without compromising the user's ability to clean the surface," she continues, adding that availability of leathered or honed fin- ishes makes it easier to accomplish that goal. "Unfortunately, texture in a kitchen can be a challenge because everything needs to be fairly smooth for cleaning, which means texture can sometimes get overlooked." ▪ [top] Wendy Danziger highlighted Mother Nature's texture in this kitchen, which is on display via the walls of windows. She fur- ther glorified texture via the wood ceiling, wood island top and wood dining table, which features a live edge. [above] Texture speaks more quietly in this kitchen, where Wendy Danziger used tone-on-tone backsplash tiles where horizontal rows of smooth glass are complemented with rows of dimensional glass designed to resemble a flowing river. Other more understated textural elements include cabinet hardware that mim- ics a carved tree branch. Photos: John Cole Photography February 2019 • KitchenBathDesign.com 73

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