When architect Janet Bloomberg was redoing her own Kensington kitchen three years ago, “my cabinetmakers kept calling it the Crayola kitchen, since they’d rarely seen so much color in a cooking space,” she says. But Bloomberg, a principal at Kube Architecture, knew she wanted to inject the midcentury ranch house—originally designed by Charles Goodman—with a happy vibe. “I wanted something different, a place where I could hang out with my son, cook, and play,” she says.
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Though she stayed true to much of the space’s 1950s floor plan, she took down a wall between the kitchen and living room and traded the dark, outdated cabinetry for clean-lined cabinets in lime green and robin’s-egg blue. Upper cabinets made it only into a corner you can’t see from the living room. “I didn’t want tall, imposing elements or anything that would block our view of the trees out back,” she says. A glass door replaced a solid one, bringing in more light and, in warmer months, leafy vistas.
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Black concrete countertops add an edgy contrast to the slick cabinets. Larger appliances, in glossy black glass, were installed on a wall covered in Viroc—a matte cement-board paneling that mimics concrete. “In smaller houses like this, appliances can feel like these big boxes,” says Bloomberg, “But when inset into the Viroc, they now look cool.”
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