2. Mixing materials
Combining interesting textures in the kitchen is a sure-fire way to inject intrigue into an otherwise highly functional family room. Statement lampshades and designer tableware can become a talking point, while larger appliances should be kept in sleek silver to balance the look. A background of earthy but light paint tones are a fresh approach.
Direct mixer, $339, from Foreno.
Lenox servers, $39, from Raines Homewares.
Glass, $55 set of two, by Città.