Pack a lot of style and function into your small kitchen with design ideas that make it look and live a little bigger.
Some people prefer a small kitchen for its efficiency. Others live with a small kitchen because remodeling or expanding just isn't an option. But you can make sure your kitchen looks its best and works for you with these tips. Sometimes all a small kitchen needs is a little out-of-the-box thinking.
Tweak your layout. Plan appliance placement to increase your available counter space. For example, if you need a vent hood over your range or cooktop, install a microwave oven with a vent for a double-duty solution. When choosing a cooktop or range, consider an electric or induction model that can also function as counter when not in use.
Make a design statement. Choose one surface to express yourself: a graphic floor tile or backsplash, colorful painted cabinetry, or eye-catching lighting. Resist the urge to overdo a small space; allow a single, strong design idea to become the center of attention.
Go vertical. When you're short on square footage, remember to use your vertical wall space. Build cabinetry to the ceiling. Choose a mix of glass-front and solid doors. If upper cabinetry feels stuffy, you can remove the doors and use the cabinet boxes as shelves. Be sure to style your belongings in a pretty way to avoid visual clutter.
Choose reflective materials. Glass doors on your upper cabinets add reflection, which can give the illusion of more space. If you don't want to see inside your cupboards, you can use frosted glass or a film to obscure the contents. Mirrors can be another space-stretching solution. Use mirrored tile in the backsplash, or choose canisters for the counter with a reflective quality.
Use open solutions. A magnetic knife holder, a pot rack, or a wall-mount spice rack can take on an architectural look while freeing cabinet and drawer space in a small kitchen. Use shelves to hold items you use every day, like bowls and drinking glasses.
Build in seating. When considering how to best use your floor space for eating, a built-in banquette with benches takes up less room than a table and chairs.
Flooring is an important aspect in every room of the home, but in the kitchen where moisture and traffic are a concern, not all floors are created equal. I'm Lacey Howard and today I'm going to help you find the kitchen floor that works just right for your home. Hardwood can have worth and beauty especially in a cottage or country-style home. Consider a satin or semi-glossed finish to reduce the appearance of scratches or dents. Also a distressed or hand scraped floor will minimize the appearance of daily traffic. Tile is a classic choice for kitchen floors. All tiles are very durable and water resistant. For flooring, you'll want to shop for tiles of the class 3 rating for abrasion resistance. Also check for slip resistance or coefficient of friction. High COF numbers offer more safety on wet floors. A mat or semi-gloss finish will reduce the appearance of dirt and scratches. Consider large tiles to minimize grout lines. Darker grout shows less dirt and stain but creates a visual checkerboard on a floor of light colored tiles. Stone could be expensive, but in the kitchen it makes a beautiful statement. Use large-scale stone tiles as big as 18 inches laid with minimal grout lines, the color of the stone, to give the look of a slab application. All types of stone make beautiful floors. But for the kitchen granite, slate, soapstone, limestone, and marble are beautiful choices. They also work well for countertops and backsplashes. Laminate products mimic other flooring materials offering the look of hardwood, stone, brick, or tile at an affordable price with exceptional durability. It also offers do-it-yourself snap together installation. With a plastic underlayment or vapor barrier to protect against moisture, these floors give you any look you desire in the kitchen and are easy to replace when you're ready for something new. Resilient flooring offers extreme durability, a variety of looks and is easy on the budget. Final it's impervious to water, resist stains, and is easily disinfected. For a heavy use area such as the kitchen, you want to choose a product with a dense inner core and a quality urethane wear layer. Remember is the kitchen is the heart of the home. Choose a flooring that will stand up to kids, pets, and everyday life.