Small kitchen design tips: How real homeowners make compact spaces elegantly efficient

Focus on Function

A small kitchen cannot accommodate recipe hunting, laundry duties, homework, and email storage. If you don’t don’t cook in any way, the tiny kitchen’s main task is food prep. So concentrate first on function, ensuring you have the appliances and work areas you need. You may be able to save a bit of space by using scaled-down or innovative appliances, including refrigerator and freezer drawers and pint-sized microwaves, stoves (some with just two burners) and solitary sinks. If workspace reaches a premium, look at a small-scale island or a counter-topped cart that may be rolled into a wardrobe you should definitely in use.

Open Up Cupboards

Small kitchen areas can feel claustrophobic when cupboards are towering overhead. Many cooks can’t reach what’s in them and the entire sense is boxy and shut in. Get structured and trade the very best cupboards for open up storage space. Consider shelving, container racks and magnetic blade or spice holders instead. Your kitchen can look more spacious and offer screen space for your preferred dishes, shiny pans and pots, or artwork.

Mix Up the Materials

Because your kitchen may be brief on interesting detailed architecture, it’s your decision to include the all-important style via convincing countertop areas, cabinets, fixtures, lighting, floors and color. To ensure a cohesive look, create a mix board with samples and swatches of materials under consideration. One tip: Using the same color and style of fixtures and cabinet pulls can help unify a look.

Prior to the kitchen redesign, homeowners Sarah and John kept many of their pots and pans inside their kitchen cabinets. To free up cabinet space and put the space above the gathering area to good use, a pot rack pendant light was installed. The bottom of the pot rack sits 48 inches above the top of the table to allow proper space for pots to hang and ensure guests’ views of one another are not impeded.

Go for Glass

One of the easiest ways to visually expand a kitchen is to incorporate glass. Try a glass counter or tabletop, tile, door cabinets or kitchen doors that lead to the outside world or to the next room. Mirrors, in a backsplash or strategically placed around a room, or pass-through home windows into the next room, also reduce the look.

Visually Expand With Lighting

A little kitchen takes a combination of task and atmospheric light. To counteract the bluish cast of fluorescent light and add crisis, install pendant lamps in the eating area, incandescent light underneath upper cupboards and incandescent place lighting above cabinets. Lighting may also be installed under foundation cabinetry so it shines down onto the toe plate.

Embrace the Space

Rather than using tricks to visually enlarge the space, consider embracing your kitchen as-is. Instead of going light or sleek, opt for country cozy. Make sure there is a little nook where you can sit with a visitor knee-to-knee. Or choose a rich dark color that creates a sophisticated feeling – and uses accessories that emphasize that look. The kitchen is small, yes, but it sure is inviting.