The heart of the home is often the kitchen so when your equipped with a small space, it leaves a lot up to the creative imagination. Whether you are in a small city apartment or a house that was designed without taking into account an adequately sized kitchen, there are many ways to maximize your space. Follow the tidbits below and take notes of the best ways to easy (and affordably) learn how to maximize your small kitchen.
Optimize Lower Cabinets
This scandinavian home is inherently organized to boost all of its available space. Even when your kitchen has windows and you can’t use the walls to add upper cabinets, make sure that all of the lower cabinets serve for a purpose of storage. This home utilizes wall to wall lower cabinets efficiently.
In an effort to help this small space appear larger, gray accent walls were painted to help the white cabinets appear streamlined yet still pop against the dark contrasting color creating the illusion that the space is actually bigger than it appears.
Adding greenery to a kitchen is an easy way to instantly make it appear smaller! A simple accent color in this monochrome palette eludes the illusion of life and sustainability and therefore that the kitchen is the central space in the home.
Compromising on countertop space is probably one of the hardest challenges when faced with a small kitchen. This Scandinavian home utilizes the corner to add a two seater island. Not to overwhelm the space but also add the functionality for bar stools and to delineate the space from the living room.
Add Visual Interest
This small and cozy kitchen is instantly updated with an eye-catching gold pendant light fixture. Contrasting to the dark cabinets, your focus is no longer drawn to the small size of the room.
When faced with the dilemma of a small kitchen space that is bottom heavy, adding a ceiling light fixture is a great way to immediately draw the eye to the ceiling, focusing the eye on something other than the cabinets.
Never underestimate the power of paint! This cramped kitchen space is enlivened by highlighting the walls with a bright and beautiful pop of color. Also a great way to clearly define a space, paint is an amazing room transformer.
When mixing materials, such as in this Sydney home, the right balance is everything. The color scheme of the cabinets are dark, but a marble countertop and accents of gold and warm woods placed throughout, for instance the bar stools and decorative countertop accents (we see that adorable cutting board), are the perfect way to balance out the dark mood while lightening the space.
Adding new hardware to a kitchen is an easy and affordable way to update an older and smaller space. In this home, the brass cabinet pulls accented by the brass countertop accessory add a nice balance to the dark cabinets and concrete-like walls.
It’s very important to always take advantage of wall space! This Sydney home utilizes the space between the upper cabinets by adding open shelving in a contrasting wood material. This not only creates interest against the gray colored cabinets but optimizes the wall space efficiently.
This galley kitchen in a small, but impactful Brooklyn townhouse is brightened by white subway tiles and marble countertops. There is an interesting contrast between the dark navy painted cabinets facing the windows which help to bounce the direct sunlight that comes through the big windows evenly into the room. The beautiful flooring shows just enough wood grain to create the perfect ratio of all three elements within this space.
One further element that this townhouse incorporated into it’s small kitchen design are beautiful brass accents, such as the faucet and three hanging pendants placed in front of the windows. These items are all strategically placed making sure not to upset the balance of the space and at the same time creating a visual interest to deter your eye away from the small room.
If you are lucky enough to incorporate windows – the more the better! Although wall space is best utilized for storage, when faced with the dilemma of making a small room appear larger, adding windows is always a brilliant way to open up a space. They introduce light and airiness and also encourage a connection to the outdoors, which is an overall mood booster.
Install Interesting Backsplash
One of the most interesting areas in a kitchen is that space between where the lower and upper cabinets end – because it’s open and eye grabbing. Fill that space with an interesting backsplash. This Southern home creates beautiful interest with a marble like pattern focused in the middle of the small space.
Installing a vertical backsplash is a well known technique used by designers in smaller kitchen spaces. Helping to draw the eye upward, a vertical pattern of tile creates for a cohesive feel to the room.
Glass is definitely a tending solution when thinking of creative, kitchen backsplash solutions. This modern home creates a reflective surface that ultimately gives the illusion of a small space, much larger.
This Danish inspired small kitchen features flush mount cabinets for a modern effect but helps to create a mirror like appeal to the home by incorporating a glass backsplash. Also a plus, glass is much easier to clean when cooking!
Keep It Clean & Crisp
Although at time, flush cabinets can be more expensive than traditional cabinets, it is a sure fire way to ensure a clean, stream lined effect.
Keeping the decorative accessories in the kitchen to a select few is an important aspect to maintaining a clean, crisp kitchen look and feel. In this contemporary home tour from designer Lori Harrison, she uses the perfect accent of green through fruits and vegetables strategically placed on the island.
On the contrary to adding new hardware to cabinets, a streamlined look of clean and crisp kitchen accessories, such as pulls and knobs is another way to help a space appear smaller.
This cramped studio in New York City is placed in one of the best neighborhoods but unfortunately so tiny, that optimizing all of the available space in the kitchen was a must! Luckily enough, a contractor was able to come in and recess the refrigerator in order to open up more walking space and make room for functionality. If you have the opportunity to tuck away your appliances so that they are flush with the rest of the kitchen, take it!
Keeping with the effect of streamlining, this tiny kitchen added open shelving to it’s available wall space. When all cabinets, appliances and fixtures are planned out on the same visual plane, this creates the appearance of a larger room.
Utilize all corner space! This cramped New York City apartment was sure enough to add a pull out garbage bin to the corner of the kitchen space, taking advantage of every single square inch available.
When a countertop is long enough to run wall to wall, it sometimes creates a problem area for the corners, making that space un-usable because of an awkward placement. When this happens, adding open shelves is a great way to add storage options for larger items, such as a mixer, tall bottles and decorative flour and sugar containers. This beautiful kitchen utilizes it’s funky corner space perfectly, without overcrowding the rest of the space.
This spectacular home in Spain is the definition of crafty design! The design firm on the project built a wooden box “house” that is open, airy and that ultimately joined three spaces in the home: the kitchen, the study and a bedroom. This wall demolition created the opportunity to open up an otherwise cramped, tight and suffocating kitchen space. If construction is an option in your home, be sure to think about the best way to open up a wall and don’t be scared to take the plunge!
In summation, when faced with the hardship of turning a small kitchen into the space of your dreams, remember that there are many design techniques and updates that you can execute to ensure that your space does not look or feel as small as it actually is.