Repeat materials and colors for a unified look
Martin likes the clean, bright-white color of statuary marble, which she used for both the countertops and the hood.
Use metal accents
Martin added rivets on the sandblasted steel backsplash built by JJ Forge and forged-steel rings on the edge of the stainless steel shelf for hanging ladles. 707-987-2400 or jjforge.com.
Pick pendant lamps
"Holes in the ceiling distract your eye," Martin says, so she avoids recessed lighting. She installed "Mania" ceiling fixtures from Studio Italia Design next to the hood and "Lampara" pendants from FontanaArte over the island. $453 per ceiling light, $460 per pendant; 866-428-9289 or ylighting.com.