Look at all the lighting! The hood’s task bulbs do the grunt work, but this rustic aluminum pendant, a reading lamp at the sink, and a collection of candles and hurricanes warm up the space.

It’s simple (and earth-friendly!) science: Add a mirror near a light source for double the glow.

Biology meets geometry in the backsplash, which is actually a composition of wood squares cut from old boat hulls. It’s naturally waterproof, so it doesn’t require grout or sealant.

Open stainless-steel shelving makes a sleek stage for kitchen “artwork”—rows of glassware that echo the metal’s sheen, and unique platters and serveware in contrasting finishes.

Delta’s sophisticated Trinsic™ Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet featuring Touch2O® Technology sports a timeless shape and 21st-century tech: A light tap on the handle or spout turns the water on and off.

Designer Linda Woodrum challenged herself to use the one color you don’t typically see in mountain homes: yellow. Pops of lemon on the barstools (the leather is repeated on wing chairs in the dining room) and a pretty plant breathe life into the color scheme.

Glossy granite atop the 16-foot-long island cools down the room’s earth tones and harmonizes with all that shiny steel.

Style Secrets of This Year’s HGTV Dream Home Kitchen

Love the look of this new mountain cooking space? Steal the recipe.

What do you do when you can’t decide between building a stately mountain cabin and a contemporary pied-à-terre? You build both. That’s exactly what happened with the HGTV Dream Home 2014, a 3,200-square-foot Lake Tahoe-area escape that’s half luxe lodge, half industrial-mod manse. This elegant piece of new mountain architecture is proof that you never have to resign yourself to a single style.

The star of this trend-bending home is the kitchen. By blending technology with tradition, natural tones with brights, and form with function, the kitchen strikes a smart balance between formal and casual. Soaring exposed trusses, a showstopping steel hood and restaurant-grade appliances (yep, that’s a built-in, fully automatic coffee machine!) give the space professional edge, while more casual accents like the serveware, lamps and candles bring the design home. With a black coat of paint, Shaker-style cabinets become a canvas for an earthy color palette that connects with the home’s woodland environs—until that slick granite slab and those sunny yellow leather barstools swing the space into modern mode. Altogether, the cohesive composition confirms that more than one style in the kitchen can be a good thing—cooks, though, remain a different story.