A statement piece fulfills a necessary function.
A blue-and-white kitchen features a bulkhead that steals the show.
It started off to fill a practical need—to hide a last-minute change to the electrical work—but the white-oak-veneer bulkhead above the statuariet-to-marble-topped island wound up being a design highlight in this Vancouver kitchen. “It emphasizes the hits of warm colours elsewhere and blocks out the central region,” explains interior designer Tanya Krpan, who designed this masculine country-style kitchen with her builder husband, Jure. She chose oversized Arteriors pendant lights to balance out this eyecatching element (“They add another dimension to the space,” she says), but the glass fi xtures keep sightlines clear (and reference the glass-doored china cabinets built into the bluegrey millwork).