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Small kitchens add coziness and warmth to your home—but they can also be tricky to design around. Fortunately, today’s kitchen products accommodate small spaces without sacrificing beauty and functionality. Read on to discover seven ways in which you can open up a cramped kitchen.
When you have a small space, creative storage techniques become important. Maximize your cabinet storage with accessories such as under-cabinet shelves, plate racks, and Lazy Susans. For budding chefs who love cooking complex dishes, a deep drawer will take care of all those pots and pans and a spice rack tray insert can help you organize your spices. If your kitchen has narrow floor space, consider also storing your trash in a wastebasket drawer.
Draw eyes upwards towards the ceiling to elongate the space. This can be achieved through the use of vertical wall panels, diagonal tiles, and the placement of shelves and cabinets towards the upper half of the room. A bold light fixture (such as a chandelier) also directs eyes to the ceiling.
Arches create the illusion of additional space. Whether implemented in the design of your ceiling or windows, arches open up your kitchen and let sunlight into the room. Big, arched windows make your kitchen look bigger, while arched ceilings heighten your kitchen.
Pale colors, such as powdery blues and light greys, make your kitchen appear larger. Matching your cabinets to the color of your walls enhances this effect; white cabinets on white walls particularly do the trick in opening up your space. Allowing more natural light to come into the room or installing under-cabinet lighting also lightens the room, making it more pleasing to the eye.
Your kitchen wall can be a handy storage device. Franke’s kitchen rail system consists of a wall-mounted rail with hooks that hold pots, pans, utensil holders, shelves, and other accessories.
The sleek lines and airy furniture of modern design perfectly suit a small kitchen. The minimalistic shapes create an air of extra space and openness. Ornate details and adornments may overwhelm a smaller kitchen, so it’s recommended that you take a simple approach—stick to clean, geometric shapes.
Take advantage of the extra counter space your kitchen island provides. You can add an additional sink on the countertop and smart storage accessories below. A kitchen island may also be a great place to install a wine rack, warming drawer, or beverage cooler.
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