Small & Comfortable Kitchen Design
Many homeowners incorrectly believe that small kitchens never supply an adequate amount of space for organization, movement and overall comfort. Although small kitchens can feel restrictive, most people can make their small kitchens efficient and comfortable. They merely need to make some decorative and physical changes to maximize the space.
Use these four tips to improve your small kitchen situation:
Increasing the amount of light in a small kitchen is one of the simplest ways to improve the look and feel of the space. Small kitchens often have inadequate natural and overhead lighting. Darker rooms can feel smaller than their physical dimensions. Additionally, they rarely offer enough light for homeowners to see into the back of deep bottom wall cabinets. If you have a dark kitchen, start by adding light fixtures. Choose bright, daylight bulbs that cast a white instead of an unnatural yellow light. To create the illusion of more space and ceiling height, replace small windows with bigger, taller ones or install a skylight that allows more sunlight to enter the kitchen during the day.
Dark cabinet and countertop colors can also affect how your mind interprets the size of the space. A dark-colored sink and any type of dull surfaces add to the overall tone. Consider using white, pale cream or yellow as a background wall color coupled with matching light or contrasting dark pastel accents to make the space feel bigger and airy. Pick light paint or veneer colors or light wood stains for cabinets and countertops. With the kitchen sink, several light color granite composite and high polished stainless steel options exist.
You can create an even better illusion of a large space by using modern kitchen designs that feature clean lines and geometric shapes coupled with natural materials. Instead of using kitchen cabinet doors that feature carved or textured surfaces that cast shadows when exposed to light, update your cabinets with flat solid wood or fiberboard or clear or mildly opaque glass doors. Replace old brass or other detailed knobs, handles or pulls with modern hardware that features simplistic straight lines without any additional adornment. If you could care less about cabinet doors, remove them. Revealing your shelves and the cabinet backs or walls behind them is a popular trend that creates a truer impression of the amount of space in a kitchen.
Most older small kitchens make poor use of the space available. For example a small space shouldn't have cabinets that you must bend down and peer into to find the items you need. Upper cabinet doors can become a hindrance and potential injury risk if several people in the space are preparing a meal and opening and closing them at the same time. Invest in kitchen cabinet efficiency tools like sliding upper cabinet doors, pullout shelves and pot lid and utensil racks for bottom cabinets and two- or three-tier rotating circular shelving for inside of corner cabinets. If your kitchen has a permanent peninsula cabinet, replace it with a stationary floating countertop that can double as a dining area or a hinged similar counter that you can fold down like a drop-leaf table when unneeded. It's also important that you remove any clutter so that the kitchen always feels wide open. Instead of a wall spice rack, for example, install spice racks on the inside of cabinet doors or a pullout vertical rack on wheels that slides out from between bottom cabinets.
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