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The popular wisdom when decorating small spaces is to make it white and minimal to create the illusion of a much larger space. Designer Kein Cross threw that advice out the window and opted for his trademark black-and-white stripes instead.

wide kitchen stripes

Photo: Valerio Mezzanotti for The New York Times

In his 19 foot wide and 6 ½ foot deep rental cottage in Paris, Cross renovated the kitchen with bathroom vanities, removed the stove and added wide stripes. Granted the kitchen has a curated-clutter look, but the unexpected stripes add a dressy touch and contrary to what you would expect, a sense of breadth.

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9 Responses

  1. Lili@HGTV says:

    Makes everything a little more classy, doesn't it?

  2. Anna@HGTV says:

    Black and white stripes and Paris always makes me think of the New Year's party scene in An American in Paris: http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2094249984/tt0043278 So romantic and fun.

  3. Ellen Rowen says:

    My tiles cracked dishwasher is too small and leaks,counter tops are gross and I'm tired of early attic kitchens.

  4. maxie alban says:

    do it…

  5. Mark says:

    This kitchen pattern made it to my TOP Small Home Kitchen Remodeling Ideas.

  6. Mark C. says:

    This kitchen pattern made it to my TOP Small Home Kitchen Remodeling Ideas.

  7. Carra says:

    Classy yes, but where do you cook? Claustrophobic.

  8. kathy wellenc says:

    I don't like this kitchen at all. It looks like some is getting ready for a garage sale!

  9. polmivatsign says:

    ha. not bad )

Lili ZarghamiLili is Editorial Director of HGTV.com. Her personal obsessions include looking for just the right sofa, ogling real estate listings, and reading floor-plans. She has an admitted "chair problem," collecting...

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