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" To fake a sunny farmhouse kitchen in a Manhattan apartment, Celerie Kemble painted the cabinets Benjamin Moore's White Dove.The white-tiled walls, along with brass hardware and a milk-glass chandelier, create the illusion of added sunlight.Ashley Whittaker gutted a New York apartment's kitchen, replacing the dark cabinetry and terra-cotta tiles with white cupboards and Carrara marble. The slim table provides extra counter space and doubles as a breakfast nook.Rather than recessed lighting, she chose a birdcage lantern from the Home Port Collections. "When you're working with a small apartment, why not make the kitchen feel like another decorated room?"Creating folding doors allowed us to transform the entry into a mini-gallery when we entertain," Brockschmidt says."We can also close off the dining room from the kitchen with pocket doors, so that once guests have arrived, we can open up the kitchen for cooking."In a Manhattan apartment, the existing kitchen cabinets were painted Benjamin Moore Aura in Black.A New York kitchen in a wine red from Fine Paints of Europe received a high-gloss coating that "helped the small space feel bigger," Nick Olsen says.
The kitchen in a Napa Valley ranch has open shelves instead of upper cabinets for an airy feel.
A small-scale sculptural island sets an adventurous tone for this 400-square-foot Brooklyn apartment designed by Fitzhugh Karol and Lyndsay Caleo of the The Brooklyn Home Company.