A glass door replaced a solid one

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to much of the space’s 1950s floor plan, she took down a wall between the kitchen and living room and traded the dark, outdated cabinetry for clean-lined cabinets in lime green and robin’s-egg blue.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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