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With budget smarts and a knack for DIY adventures, homeowners transform this kitchen into a bright and cheery gathering space. Cottage and vintage-inspired details bring charm to the tight space.
Although this kitchen's floor plan is on the small side, it appears spacious and inviting thanks to a few design tricks. Blocks of darker colors (on the floor and island) ground the area, while crisp white and creamy bisque on the appliances, trims, ceiling, and walls keep the room light. Small pockets of color, in the form of vintage accessories, give rhythm to the space and keep your eye dancing around the room.
For some kitchens, it's important to invest money in expanding square footage rather than focusing solely on cosmetic changes. Such was the case with this kitchen. By addressing the kitchen?s usability issues, the budget allocated money toward adding space for functionality's sake and also aesthetic improvements. The oven wall was bumped out into the adjacent garage, adding 25 square feet to the kitchen. Moving an interior wall, rather than the exterior sink wall, cut down on costs, as well.
Out of the Dark
Upper cabinets, although a storage must-have, can create dark recesses in kitchen corners. The solution for this kitchen? A white mosaic backsplash to brighten the space between the upper cabinets and countertop. Undercabinet lighting also helps solve the dimness problem and is another functional addition. Good lighting not only improves the kitchen's appearance but is an extremely handy cooking aid.
Pay attention to the details and a small kitchen can surprise you. Fun cabinet hardware, bright colors, and a few accessories breathe life into any space, big or small. While there is strength in numbers, a small space needs only a few extras to keep the room clutter-free and fresh.
Next: Nature-Inspired Kitchen
Renewed & Recycled
Tucked away in a wooded neighborhood, this kitchen remodel drew inspiration from its surroundings. The old cabinets and countertops were removed and recycled, given to the neighbors for their own remodel. The kitchen stayed within its original footprint, but a skylight was installed to bring in more natural light.
To make the small kitchen feel more open, the cabinets were run to the ceiling, giving the appearance of higher ceilings. The light maple cabinet finish and buff-color granite counters and travertine tile backsplash play off the natural theme of the room and create a soothing, cohesive look.
Clean lines, plenty of white, and an abundance of light spell success for this small kitchen. The room feels unconfined by its 11x11-foot footprint. Although small in square footage, several smart design strategies open up the area for a statement-making space. Understated and sophisticated finishes, such as the white backsplash and glass-front cabinets, keep the room simple and inviting.
Plan for Success
A small rolling cart, such as the one placed in the middle of this kitchen, adds the benefit of an island without the bulk of a standard built-in unit. The countertop height makes it ideal for meal prep. Designated work zones also make efficient use of space. Plenty of landing space next to the range is handy for cooking. The sink area follows suit, with counter space on both sides of the sink for easy cleanup.
Too much white can be a little dull, but the neutral hue perks up when used in standout ways, such as on these beaded-board cabinets. The grooved design adds texture to a flat, white surface. Wide white crown molding between the cabinets and ceiling tops the room with a final detail.
Although a colorful tiled backsplash would have added visual interest, a clean, white mosaic version was a more fitting choice for this kitchen. The simple design stays in step with the room's airy vibe. Accessories and extras, such as a copper light fixture and potted plants, introduce color.
Next: Dose-of-Drama Kitchen
Tight & Efficient Layout
This 10x9-foot kitchen layout exemplifies the kitchen work triangle. The sink and range are adjacent to each other for easy meal prep and cleanup. The refrigerator is at the farthest "point" of the triangle, so it's close without being in the way of the major kitchen traffic flow. A bank of cabinets around the refrigerator store infrequently used items.
A Well-Appointed Pantry
Careful planning makes this pantry a storage success. Jars and baskets were purchased to fit the shelves. Packages of dry goods can be transferred to air-tight jars, which all line up perfectly along the shelves, eliminating the challenge of trying to configure packages of different sizes.
Next: Galley Kitchen
The cooking space was relocated to an area that previously housed cabinets and an eating area, creating a galley-style kitchen, which is an efficient use of the narrow 13x8-foot room. An arched doorway was added between the kitchen and the dining room to create a more open space. For authenticity, the new arched doorway was modeled after the doorways seen throughout the house and melds nicely with the home's architecture.
While a double oven would be a dream for a serious cook, limited space demands a creative solution. This kitchen is outfitted with a single oven on the wall facing the cooktop and combination microwave and convection oven. The dual-function appliance performs two jobs while only occupying a sliver of space.
Efficient & Stylish
In this 9x8-foot kitchen, every inch of space is used effectively to give the cook a clean, comfortable space to work. Upper and lower Shaker-style cabinets maximize storage. The white-painted cabinets and the stainless-steel appliances, fixtures, and hardware keep the kitchen light. Glass-front doors on the upper cabinets create the perception of greater depth and increase the visual space of the kitchen.
To maximize space in the kitchen's layout, the sink was placed adjacent to the range. A landing space on both sides of the range provides slivers of much-needed counter space. To add in more storage, a traditional, full-size refrigerator was vetoed in favor of refrigerator drawers, installed below the counter.
Stacked refrigerator drawers take up less room than a standard refrigerator, leaving more room for cabinetry. Open shelving above the appliance garage gives the eye a rest, breaking up the expanse of white cabinetry. Black granite countertops balance all the white in the room and provide a strong, stylish work surface.
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