Design Tips for Small Kitchens

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As the hub of your household, your kitchen has many duties and requirements. It must be at once tidy, hardworking, and minimal. A commonality among all kitchens, large or small, is the necessity for a highly functional yet welcoming, a spacious yet intimate, and a neat yet comfortable space for family and friends to gather. If you have limited square footage, your kitchen likely attracts clutter more easily and tends to be harder to maneuver in or host a crowd.
 
We have composed a list of design tips that can help alleviate some of your small kitchen woes, transforming your small space into an orderly, practical, and contemporary culinary base.
 
1. Embrace Your Inner Minimalist – Whether your kitchen is 30 or 300 square feet, purging the non-essentials in your kitchen and throughout your home is a beneficial practice. Looking at a cluttered desk every day, for example, adds to the number of things that we are mentally and physically responsible for accomplishing, requiring energy and causing fatigue. For those of us who don’t have the luxury of generous space, de-cluttering and simplifying our kitchens becomes all the more crucial. This includes keeping personal touches to a minimum, editing your cookery collection down to the bare essentials, tossing out contraptions that never get used and kick-knacks that aren’t vital.
 
2. Use Color & Lighting Advantageously – Too many colors or bold patterns will cramp a kitchen in a hurry. Opting for a light color palette will not only open up space but also never fails to add a touch of classic charm to the area. Likewise, a mixture of focused and recessed lighting strategically arranged is sure to provide spaciousness, even if only an illusion. Utilizing shiny kitchenware and incorporating reflective surfaces whenever possible will add to the effect wrought by the utilization of lighting and color scheme.
 
3. Integrate Multi-Taskers – You might be surprised to learn how many objects can serve dual purposes. There are the discernable dual purpose items such as an island that serves as a table and counter space or a rolling cart to serve as counter space and storage. Consider incorporating other space saving and handy features, such as moveable seating, butcher block countertops, or installing hooks to walls or cabinet doors. When everything has a dual purpose, you are indeed maximizing the usable area of your kitchen.
 
4. Arrange to Optimize Performance – Efficiently arranging the layout of your kitchen is critical when you have limited space with which to work. As with dual purposing, some aspects may seem apparent – storing your pots and pans on a ceiling rack, for instance. If you are remodeling, consider choosing a galley or one wall style kitchen and install floor to ceiling cabinets. Additionally, open shelves when possible and glass cabinet doors will create the illusion of a spacious room. Selecting sleek appliances and a custom cabinetry system with features such as concealed storage will result in a very modern kitchen that provides maximum storage and work areas. Finally, when filling your newly renovated kitchen be sure to organize your things by how and when you use them. Nothing is more overwhelming than trying to navigate a disorganized and small kitchen!
 
That’s it for our small kitchen design tips!
 
We love to help our clients with kitchen renovation projects, so take some time to explore some of our favorite projects:
Marietta Kitchen Remodeling
East Cobb County Kitchen Remodel
Sandy Springs Kitchen Renovation
Smyrna Kitchen Remodeling Project
 
For more information on the tips in this post, to learn more, or to consult with professionals on your upcoming renovation, contact Southern Starr Home Builders today and let us assist in maximizing your square footage and creating your dream space.
 
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