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Cape Kitchen

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In an effort to maintain the period look of this 1932 Cape Cod remodel, close attention was paid to details like the intricate bracketed molding and drawer pulls. It is the robin's-egg-blue cabinets, though, that really grab attention and create the illusion of space in the small room.

Designer: Gerard Ciccarello, CMKBD, Covenant Kitchens & Baths Inc., Westbrook, CT

Glittering Galley

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The old cabinet doors that were once in this galley kitchen couldn't take another coat of paint, so the homeowners brought in a design pro for a complete overhaul. The new layout called for the removal of a wall between the small kitchen and family room to open up the space. Scraped maple floors and simple cabinetry with river-stone hardware give the room a clean, uncluttered vibe. The glass-tile mosaic backsplash twinkling beneath undercabinet lighting is a bold focal point that draws the eye.

Designer: Blue Arnold, IV, CKD, Kitchen By Request Inc., Jarrettsville, MD

Light and Bright

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This kitchen packs every homeowner's most-wanted features into a small space: a storage-filled island with seating, double wall ovens, pendant lights, and a beautiful mosaic backsplash. Light English sycamore and dark maple trim play nicely in the custom cabinetry, creating a striking but natural balance. Recessed lighting and open shelving above the cabinets create a perfect home for collectibles.

Designer: Glenn Meader, AKBD, Kitchen Concepts Inc., Norwell, MA

Space-Saving Sensation

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The owners of this American bungalow wanted to make their small kitchen more exotic. Dark cabinets with brown-and-black tiger striping makes for a sleek, contemporary look, while the pale solid-surface backsplash creates a bold contrast. The design makes the most of very little countertop space with a wenge butcher block that slides over the sink. A dining table on casters allows an eight-seater to slide under the island when not in use.

Designer: Jennifer L. Gilmer, CKD, Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath Ltd., Chevy Chase, MD

Brilliant Backsplash

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The wall between this tiny kitchen and an adjacent living space was removed to make room for more storage. Visual separation between the rooms was maintained with an island-breakfast bar. Placing the sink in the corner of the room made for more food prep space, while brushed and polished stainless tile forms a standout backsplash.

Designer: Areti Tanya Rentzos, Andros Kitchen & Bath Designs, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Room for Two

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This small kitchen boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the place with natural light, opening up the space, so the design of the once-cluttered kitchen—in which the refrigerator door hit the dishwasher or stove when it opened—was planned around them.

Reorganization of the footprint and a few clever island design tweaks allowed for counter-height seating. Rich, stained cabinets and dark granite counters form a bold contrast with light porcelain floors.

Designer: Tony Hunt, CKD, CBD, Binns Kitchen + Bath Design, Pickering, Ontario, Canada

Small Wonder

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This homeowner, a top Realtor in the area, wanted a unique small space to show off to her clients. That's just what she got with the dark shoji-style cabinets and custom round butcher-block table on casters. The cooking range is flanked by floating shelves, which help to open up the tiny kitchen.

Designer: Jennifer L. Gilmer, Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath Ltd., Chevy Chase, MD

Classic White

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This 1800s Federal-style home features a contemporary white kitchen. The smallness of the room allowed the homeowners to splurge on luxurious materials. Crystal cabinet pulls and knobs, a Turkish marble subway tile backsplash, and taupe silk wall coverings make for a classic, indulgent space.

Designer: Gerard Ciccarello, CMKBD, Covenant Kitchen & Baths Inc., Westbrook, CT

Space-Smart and Sleek

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Though her old home is old—as well as tiny—and traditional, this homeowner requested a contemporary cooking space. The clean design makes the perfect backdrop for collectibles. Mother-of-pearl granite countertops and frosted-glass tile contrast with dark cabinets, while a custom-built, space-saving table on casters nests into the back of the island when not in use.

Designer: Jennifer L. Gilmer, CKD, Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath Ltd., Chevy Chase, MD

Stylish Storage

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This hardworking small kitchen features two space-smart pull-out pantry units and hidden stepladder storage for upper cabinets. The use of butternut wood, copper, hickory, and antiqued bronze give the room warmth, while a rich blue beadboard backsplash delivers a shot of color.

Designer: Thomas David Trzcinski, CMKBD, Kitchen & Bath Concepts of Pittsburgh LLC, Pittsburgh, PA