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Kitchen Upgrades: Five Design Ideas for Your Small Kitchens

Without a doubt, the kitchen is the soul of any home. For this reason, it should be appropriately decorated. After all, ambiance and atmosphere do play a role in how people enjoy their food. However, homeowners with small sculleries are under the mistaken impression that not much can be done to give their kitchens a bit more character and personality. But regardless of whether your kitchen is big or small, with these various decorating ideas, you can be assured of a kitchen where you can prepare delectable food with all the right decorating spices to make every cooking endeavor memorable and fun affair.

1.)     Downsize it

Decorating small spaces can prove to be a daunting challenge and may even cause you to shake your head in frustration at times, but that does not mean that it is impossible, however. Adding storage and styles in tight quarters may not exactly be the easiest thing to do which is why your kitchen’s functionality should be at the forefront of your design priorities. Initially, be sure that all of your appliances should be in working order and to save on space, invest in appliances with dual functions or use scaled-down or innovative appliances (refrigerator and freezer drawers, small microwaves, stoves with two burners, etc.). With this, you would have a functional kitchen minus the cluttered floor space.

2.)    Open it up

Spaces without so much of a breathing room can feel rather claustrophobic, and the same goes for tiny kitchens. Undoubtedly, overhead cabinets over your head in tight spaces would not give you so much headroom and cramped kitchen islands and counters would not give much legroom either. With all that, it would be a miracle not to feel boxed in so consider opening those cabinets and try shelving as an alternative. Similarly, use pot racks, spice and magnetic knife holders in lieu of individual containers. This is an excellent way to show off your fine china, new pots, pans, and artsy utensils.

If you’re going for the minimal interior design, it’s best to keep countertops clear of clutter and to store away any extra gadgets. Having a few simple items on hands, such as neutral-colored serving bowls and tureens and minimal tea wares, can help create the illusion of more space. Whether you’re seeking a zen look or just want to avoid a cluttered appearance, remember that less is often more when it comes to kitchen accessories.

3.)    Use glass

A straightforward and simple way to expand your kitchen is to incorporate glass which would additionally give you a peek at the contents of a cabinet. This would not only successfully give your kitchen a spacious feel, but it would be a visual enhancement as well. Apart from glass door cabinets, try glass counter or table tops and even a glass kitchen door that would give a peek towards the outside or the adjacent room. Additionally, mirrors can also be used to lighten up the entire space.

4.)    Mix up the materials

Just because you have a tiny kitchen does not mean you do not have a lot of options when it comes to decorating. The fact is, these choices are far more feasible in a small kitchen than an immense kitchen. What you need to keep in mind is to have a cohesive design that would work. This means everything from the mix or wood and metals and other surface materials should be in harmony and should not clash. Your kitchen’s diminutive size compels you to add style details to make up for its missing interesting architectural details. So, be creative with colors and mixing materials. But do not go overboard with mixing a whole lot of concepts, you should have at least two unifying elements that would pull off a cohesive and thematic look to avoid overwhelming the small space.

5.)    Give it a splash of color

Introducing any color can drastically change how a room looks. The color of your counters, appliances, walls, stools or even your dishtowels can contribute to enhancing a kitchen’s visual appeal and even make it look bigger than it really is. Utilize pastel or light colors which would reflect light and draw the eyes upward and effectively making the room bigger and taller. Incorporate fun and light colors in your kitchen and you will be sure to get in the mood for cooking a hearty meal.

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