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A Modern Blue Kitchen with Global Style

A small condo kitchen bears the stamp of global journeys. With a new layout, buffet-style dining, modern cabinets, and an Asian design approach, the result is a postcard-perfect kitchen.

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      Pulling together a kitchen design begins with arranging the big pieces -- cabinetry, islands, and appliances. The 10x10-foot kitchen was overhauled to function as a unified work space with a layered lighting plan of general, task, and accent lights. The homeowners cook frequently, but they also love to entertain. An open layout gives the kitchen the feel of a large bar area where guests can mingle and move about. Accents in a rainbow of colors give the room a "collected" vibe.

    • Before: Hodgepodge Kitchen

      Before its big makeover, numerous patchy updates over the years left this kitchen in a jumbled, mismatched state. But its condition prompted a guilt-free decision to gut the space and start anew. The layout was revamped to create a free-flowing space; modern materials and appliances were installed and the room was layered with travel-inspired accents.

    • Kitchen Cleanup Space

      Designed for easy flow, the kitchen includes a sink and cleanup area adjacent to the main prep space. Creating distinct, organized activity zones in a small kitchen is an efficient way to use space. The zones help direct traffic to specific destinations within a kitchen. The soft blue walls add a hint of tradition to the sleek kitchen.

    • Kitchen with a View

      Positioned under the windows, the sink and prep area provide a garden view while washing dishes. The high-arc faucet has a pull-down sprayer, and an undermount sink exudes an upscale look.

    • Everything in Place

      The kitchen is a calm space that is also sleek and elegant. A run of countertops provides prep space as well as a spot for serving meals buffet-style. To maximize light while providing privacy, the door to the balcony has a custom ribbed-glass panel.

    • Enduring Style

      Frameless stock cabinets add a modern touch and save money. Their symmetrical installation keeps kitchen lines clean and simple around the cooking area. The floor got a new look with a dark, custom-blended stain and a polyurethane finish to protect it from wear and tear. An antique Persian rug keeps history alive in the heart of the home and adds a splash of color to the kitchen.

    • Bold Backsplash

      The key to creating a kitchen with eclectic style is to add contrast where it counts. Here, a paisley wallpaper backsplash surrounding the range adds depth and interest. Tempered glass protects it and makes cleaning a breeze.

    • Material Matters

      Countertops are a great way to add style and texture to a room. The quartz-surface countertops in this kitchen are virtually indestructible and add a luxe touch when paired with the bold paisley backsplash and sleek contemporary cabinetry.

    • Innovative Arranging

      In a small kitchen, breathing room is essential. Rather than wrapping the refrigerator in floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, the homeowners opted for cabinets on one side and a portable wine rack on the other.

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      Open Space

      Prefab cabinets left too much space above the refrigerator, so storage for large trays and platters fills the gap. A row of clear glass jars keeps the look tidy as storage for extra ingredients.

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      Off the Kitchen

      The dining room serves a bounty of furnishings influenced by a Japanese aesthetic. The spirited dining room boasts both coordinating and contrasting elements, such as a pink-stripe wood plank artwork paired with a 1920s Shanghai lantern retrofitted with electric candles.

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