Shop the Room: Patterned Pro Kitchen

With its graphic tiled floor, stunning architectural details, and candy apple colored sittables, this Portland home, designed by Jessica Helgerson, has wooed us into a kitchen romance. If your feelings are mutual, pull up a stool and throw on a pot of Bolognese-let's dissect ways to get the look:

Spotlight Pattern: Don't shy away from using a bold patterned tile on the floor. Keep the structure of the room simple and the the floor won't overwhelm. Strike a nice balance by keeping everything white, including the ceiling beams, backsplash, and cabinets.

Channel the Pros: Evoke the feeling of a chef's kitchen by incorporating professional appliances like the Viking Range and Level Faucet. As chefs can often be messy, opt for counter-to-ceiling tiles instead of painting your walls. Also, forgo soft goods in this working space--the lack of pillows and curtains makes it feel like something quite gourmet is about to go down.

Turn on the Charm: When a kitchen is as professional and simple as this, old world industrial accents work well to give the space charm and character. Incorporate a vintage pulley light or marble topped table for a more inviting feel. Give things a refresh every now and then by switching out key pieces. We love the pop of red in the Low Back Stools, but they can easily be swapped out when the punch of color is no longer your side dish.


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CMA Dishmachines Faucet, $267, Mission Restaurant Supply La Coupole Iron Bistro Table, $3450, Williams Sonoma Low Back Stool, $145, Industry West
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Casado Gris Tile, $7, Cement Tile Shop Level Faucet #7100, $240, Moen Lustrarte Pulley Pendant, $300, Lighting Direct
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Farmhouse Sink, from $658, Signature Hardware Viking 48" Range, $12053, Buy Rite Appliances Atlas Homewares Bin Pull, $12, Hardware Hut
Photograph: Lincoln Barber