Here’s how to create a statement-making cooking space with your backsplash, countertop, appliances, cabinets and more

It may be tempting when designing a kitchen to select the most fetching eye-candy materials, fixtures and furnishings you can find. But the problem with creating so many focal points is that the result can be a confusing and visually busy mishmash of items that battle one another to be the star of the space. And designing this way will put you on the fast track to maxing out your budget before you’ve even had a chance to finalize all of the selections.

A better way to go is to select one or two focal points and invest a decent chunk of your budget on those items. Then you can let the other elements support those choices, both visually and budget-wise. Here are a few creative ways you can create a strong focal point in your kitchen.

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