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April 9, 2015
These kitchens prove that sometimes color is the secret ingredient.
Harry Bates designed this simple cedar house for a young family in New York in 1967. Forty years later he updated the place for its new owners, Joe Dolce and Jonathan Burnham. The addition of bright red cabinetry in the kitchen introduces a contemporary s

Crimson cabinets from Ikea make a big statement in the petite kitchen in this Amagansett home. The bold accent provides a modern update to the 1967 home, while nodding to its vintage history.

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Originally appeared in Long Island Summer Home Gets a Modern Addition
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Fire Island kitchen with bright red cabinets

A hint of Benjamin Moore's Poppy Red and striped-orange linoleum add energy to an otherwise all-white kitchen in this Fire Island home. 

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Originally appeared in How a Smart Interior Design Saved This House
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Charles de Lisle, of the interior design firm Your Space, designed the kitchen backsplash of PVC rubber flooring embedded with stainless steel "plus" signs. The restaurant supply table is flanked by steel-and-wood Lem Piston stools from Design Within Reac

Mustard details liven up a dark kitchen in this Palo Alto home. The hue was inspired by a painting of a Taipei street scene that hangs down the hall.  

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Originally appeared in The New Suburbanism
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Modern kitchen with bar stools and wooden cabinets

A chartreuse wall adds a conversation piece to the kitchen in this art-filled Toronto loft that's designed for entertaining.   

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Originally appeared in Party-Friendly Apartment in Toronto
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modern kitchen renovation with blue countertops

In Bratislava, turquoise cabinets against white-washed exposed brick keep this 516-square-foot apartment bright and cheery. 

Originally appeared in A Little Apartment Gets a Solid Renovation
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A soft color palette and floor-to-ceiling mirror make a tiny Stockholm kitchen feel airy instead of cramped.  

Originally appeared in Modern Tiny Kitchen Remodel in Sweden
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Choosing tile for the kitchen backsplash was the biggest struggle of the project, according to Brechbuehler. They settled on light gray horizontal bars by Ann Sacks.

Sleek silver was part of the plan to make the tiny kitchen in this Brooklyn one-bedroom more user-friendly for a resident who loves to cook

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Originally appeared in A Clean Slate
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Harry Bates designed this simple cedar house for a young family in New York in 1967. Forty years later he updated the place for its new owners, Joe Dolce and Jonathan Burnham. The addition of bright red cabinetry in the kitchen introduces a contemporary s

Crimson cabinets from Ikea make a big statement in the petite kitchen in this Amagansett home. The bold accent provides a modern update to the 1967 home, while nodding to its vintage history.

Photo by Raimund Koch.

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