5 Big Impact Tips For Your Small Kitchen

August 3, 2015

Residential

While the kitchen is arguably the most important room in the home, most owners living in small spaces can’t usually justify a large-scale project for the kitchen of their dreams. Instead of dealing with the stress of a major renovation, there are many alternative ways to create meaningful design to enhance the space. These five design tips will have you on your way to enjoying a more spacious-feeling kitchen in no time!

Modernize the kitchen with an open concept

The trend of using an open floor plan within the home has been front and center in the past few years because the lack of walls creates the illusion of more space. This communal-living design allows homeowners to use the kitchen as an entertainment space, as well as maintain an uninterrupted line of sight while multi-tasking. Other benefits to an open kitchen plan include the flow of natural light, connected flooring, and design coordination throughout the home. If your kitchen is closed off from the rest of the house, remove a door to open the space up to interacting with guests.

Add some focus and drama

A focal point in the room can bring together the overall theme or feel of the home. Find the most attention-grabbing feature in the kitchen and highlight it. This is the perfect moment to let your prized items shine — whether you have a heritage-style cooking range, sleek stainless steel appliances, or a deep farmhouse-style sink, be sure to keep the rest of the kitchen soft and muted so as to not distract from the main piece. A collection of brightly-bound cookbooks, a hanging rack of well-polished pots and pans, or elegant decorative backsplash tile can also add supplementary visual interest to the rest of the room.

Include multitasking appliances and decor

Utilizing any possible surface or storage option in a tight space is one of the most important steps to take when adding flair to the kitchen. A wide-mouthed vase can hold bamboo utensils or a colorful dutch oven can be displayed on the stove (saving you precious cabinet space for other items). You can also use available wall space as part of your multi-tasking design plan. Using chalkboard paint on a dedicated wall is an inexpensive and stunning way to create a dramatic focal point in the room while also being a functional tool for the family — from a drawing area for the kids to a meal planning menu for the week.

Shine the lights bright

Small spaces usually need as much help as possible when it comes to lighting, and natural light just often isn’t enough. Galley kitchens benefit from track lighting that illuminate task areas. Well-placed atmospheric lighting can be crucial for an enjoyable entertainment area, while under-cabinet lighting can provide extra brightness without compromising on space. Choosing the right type of lighting will do wonders, but painting the kitchen white or in a similar cool tone can also make a noticeable impact on the space. Appliances and decor with shiny surfaces can also help with reflecting light off the walls.

Mix, match, and blend

A great way to keep visual interest in the space is to mix and match various design ideas. If you find it beneficial to invest in a bigger project, bringing different materials together (like granite, stainless steel, wood finishes, or concrete) within the space can have a dazzling effect. Finding the right balance of traditional and modern decorative touches is key, but once you figure out the perfect combination, your guests will fall in love. However, it can be easy to go overboard — try paring down and editing the space after you have chosen your accessories. The influential Coco Chanel once said about getting dressed, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off.” Try applying this very same principle to your home design and see what a difference it can make!


 
Through incorporating these design methods, your kitchen will look deliberately put together and your home will stand out no matter the square footage. Whether you’re saving up for a major kitchen renovation (but want results in the meantime) or staging the home for a sale, these design tips are sure to bring big results to your small spaces.

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