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Designing For a Small Kitchen

One of the aspects of most dream kitchens is a lot of space. While many of us lack huge areas to prepare and dine, there are still ways to design a small space with the personality and gear you long for. A small kitchen can encompass the needs of someone who loves to cook, only when planned intelligently.

Create A Floor Plan

Always have your space organized on paper, or even digitally. Having a solid floor plan that focuses on functionality, will give you ease when it is time to use the kitchen. The best way to start any project is by creating a solid plan that can be referenced at any time to ensure it all comes together properly.

Use this floorplan and the planning process to discover any hidden problems before they are an issue. Make sure everything will fit, there is enough room to move around, and there is room to work. If you discover these problems too late, you could be left with a nonfunctional space, forcing you to start from square one if you really want that perfect kitchen.

Focus On One Color Scheme

If the color palette is too varied, the space can seem overwhelming and cluttered. Find a color scheme with mostly neutrals and add a pop for character. A few color accents or fabric swatches can help create a bold, modern space. Make sure that your design theme is something that can be upkept with the addition of new appliances in the future.

Look up diagrams of small kitchens, and even go through your daily routine and see what problems are usually encountered that a remodel can fix. Do not pass up the flooring, a newly refinished floor can add the edge all remodels are in need of.

Find a Medium Between Too Many and Too Little Cabinets

Cabinet space is ultimately a necessity, especially in a smaller kitchen. Make a list of the exact amount of dishes, cookware, etc that needs to be stored, then see where and if you need to make changes to the cabinetry. A lot of character as well as savings can come from replacing only the cabinet door if needed.

Open shelving can save room, but also give you areas to incorporate bold artwork or showcased china. This is another aspect that you will need to ensure can be upkept. Open shelving will not work with unorganized and unmatching dishware.

Hand-Pick All Lighting

The lighting will make the greatest impact on the atmosphere of a kitchen. If your kitchen has a mass amount of windows, light can automatically fill the space, but if the kitchen is always very dark, it can take some of the area away. Light should fill the space day or night, so pick lighting that will not leave a dark corner at night or a design that will do the same when you’re only using daylight.

Having bright white cabinets is a great attempt to lighten the space, and the more natural light reflecting, the more open the room appears. This can be the key to making a smaller space appear more open and welcoming. Be careful not to use colored lighting that will alter the look of your design negatively. This can result in an amazing look in the daylight and an unattractive color palette when the lights are needed.

Lighting is also necessary for cleaning and even caring for houseplants, or kitchen herbs.

Everything Should have a Function

While decorations are tempting in any room design, attempt to find containers, or artistically made objects that do a job in the space. Otherwise, your decorations may be more of a hindrance by cluttering up your workspace. Mason jars, for example, give a classic rustic feeling and can work as containers for utensils, food storage, measuring cups and so much more.

Functional objects do not have to be bland, find unique combinations that speak to your personality. If you have the skills, think about personalizing your space by painting or constructing your kitchen necessities to suit your own individual vision. These same customizations will double as conversation pieces as well.

Examine every aspect of your kitchen and find space that is not being used to its fullest potential. This does not mean cramming in as much storage space as possible, empty space has its own function as well. You may suffer from lack of cabinets, but a simple countertop with stools may provided desperately needed workspace as well as a place for meals.

The Fine Details

Your attention should be on each little aspect of the kitchen, from hardware on the cabinets, or even how the dish rags match the rugs. Small spaces can contain just as much beauty and design as other larger spaces, it is up to you to make sure every detail align with the theme, or color scheme you have chosen. One thing out of sync may draw attention away from your overall design.

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