Kitchen Remodeling Tricks for the Small Kitchen
Is your kitchen 150 square feet or smaller? If it is, the
Kitchen and Bath Association considers your space a small
kitchen. But just because your kitchen has a certain floor space
doesn't mean it can't look like a much larger area with a few tips
and tricks from the professionals.
Kitchen Remodeling for Space and Comfort
When it comes to your small
kitchen, storage is key. Making spaces do double-duty can not
only improve the space you have left over, but can make your
kitchen much more functional and easier to use. The trick is to
improve the space you have while making it look like you have much
more room than you really do. Here's how to make that illusion a
- Start with your cabinets. Rooms with darker
kitchen cabinets and surfaces will appear to be smaller than those
with lighter woods, whimsical paints, and open shelves. Small
cabinets at the top of the kitchen can make the room look shorter,
so lengthen it by using long pantry cabinets instead.
- Place appliances wisely. Instead of opting for
a stovetop and separate oven, try a combination of the two to save
on space. Build the microwave into the cabinets to keep the area
streamlined and provide you with more counterspace. Can't do that?
Opt for an appliance garage to keep the small appliances hidden
- Choose a few small, personal items. Even when
you are opting for an open and airy feel, those small personal
items will add the right cozy touch to balance out the room. That
clock you brought back from Italy or that mirrored picture of your
kids or your spouse sitting on the windowsill in front of the white
curtains can be the perfect touches to show your claim to the
- The more light, the better. Natural lighting
is great for making any small space seem larger. If you can fit a
skylight into your kitchen remodeling budget, even better. The
natural light can flood the space, and ambient lighting under the
kitchen cabinets can help add more visual interest.
Let your kitchen contractor know what your plans are for your
small kitchen, and work with a kitchen designer
to choose the right materials and placement to create the most out
of your small space.
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