Bigger isn’t always better: Remodeling a small kitchen

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Not everyone can have a big, restaurant-style kitchen. However, just because your kitchen is small doesn’t mean you can’t have the kitchen of your dreams. Nowhere is it written that lack of space has to mean lack of style and flair. If you’ve got a smaller area and are considering a kitchen remodel, check out the pointers below to make the most of what you’ve got.

“Open view cabinets can add dimension to the room and make the room appear larger.”

Keep it open
Nothing makes a small space feel more constrained than a boxy design and an enclosed layout. During your remodel, open up your area. DIY Network recommended removing traditional cabinets for storage with a glass front. The open view can add dimension to the room and make it appear larger. You could also swap closed off bottom storage for a hanging rack for pots and pans. Not only are these features decorative, but they give your space an airy atmosphere.

Get crafty with storage
Clutter is the enemy is small spaces. Get organized with creative storage solutions to make your tiny kitchen seem bigger. Magnetic knife holders and wall baskets can be installed during a remodel to save counter space. Smart cabinets are another innovative option. House Beautiful describes these as thin sliding cabinets that can be pulled out over a counter to store spices, plates and other kitchen essentials.

Use space wisely
For kitchens will little square footage to spare, it’s important to make the most of what you’ve got. If you’re not a person who cooks frequently, consider swapping out the traditional four burner stove for a smaller two burner option. A remodel could also allow you to install features that make the small area feel cozy. For example, a farmhouse sink adds space by giving you more depth, and it looks stylish.

This remodel is the perfect example of a small space that has been transformed into an incredible kitchen.
This remodel is the perfect example of a small space that has been transformed into an incredible kitchen.

Use lighting to your advantage
Proper lighting will make a space look larger.  Be sure you don’t skimp in this area.  Under cabinet lights, high hats in the ceiling and even a decorative fixture will open up the kitchen.  Don’t be afraid to over light since turning off lights is easier than having to add new ones.

Color matters
In a small space, you should avoid heavy colors that can make a room feel claustrophobic. Instead, use a kitchen remodel as a chance to incorporate brighter colors and bold textures that can liven up an area. Paint cabinets made of darker wood to add to the open atmosphere.

A kitchen remodel is the perfect opportunity to get the kitchen you’ve always imagined. A smaller space doesn’t mean you’re confined to a life with a bland kitchen. A well-planned and expertly executed remodel can give you a kitchen that will inspire envy in anyone. By incorporating the advice above in your planning, you could design a kitchen that looks big, even if it isn’t.

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