Tips for Making the Most of a Small Kitchen
The kitchen is supposed to be the heart of your home, but if your kitchen is small it may not feel that way. Thankfully, there are many simple ways to make your small kitchen feel much larger and more open than it actually is.
At S&C Construction, we specialize in kitchen remodeling in the Bay Area. Our team of seasoned remodeling contractors have experience remodeling kitchens of all sizes — small kitchen remodels are no match for our team of designers and craftsmen. In this blog, we’ll share some tips that will help you make the most of your small kitchen space.
Get Rid of Countertop Clutter
Cluttered countertops seem to be a staple of small kitchen spaces. However, clutter can significantly increase the feeling of being cramped while in your kitchen. To make your small kitchen space feel bigger, get rid of any countertop clutter. There shouldn’t be a mess of dishes, small appliances, papers, or anything that doesn’t belong in the kitchen. Objects and items on your countertops should be minimal and something that you use in your kitchen often, such as a coffee maker. If you need extra space to store additional items, consider having shelving or cabinets installed.
Kitchen appliances take up a lot of space. If you feel like the appliances you own are overcrowding your kitchen, consider downsizing by getting rid of the ones you don’t use and getting smaller sizes, if possible, of the appliances you do use. It may be more of a hassle to use a hand mixer rather than a stand mixer, but handheld mixers work just as well and don’t require a ton of storage space! Are you the only coffee drinker? Consider ditching the multi-cup coffee maker for a french press — it’s smaller, makes great coffee, and takes less time. Remember, it's important to have a place to store these appliances to avoid cluttered countertops.
Paint the Walls White
Painting may not seem like a fix-all solution to your small kitchen space, but you’d be surprised the difference white walls can make. White is one of the few colors that can help brighten and extend the visual space in a room. Painting the walls white can help make your kitchen feel bigger than it actually is. It is important, however, that you choose the right shade of white. Typically, soft, creamy shades of white are the perfect fit for kitchens.
Consider Different Lighting
While brightening your kitchen walls with white paint can make the room feel bigger, you can still achieve a richer and darker palette in your kitchen by installing the right type of lighting fixtures. For example, you can have under-cabinet lighting installed to help brighten the work space and accentuate your cabinets at the same time. Pendant lighting fixtures can effectively layer the lighting in your kitchen to make it feel bigger and brighter. With the right use of lighting, you can completely transform your kitchen space.
Reconsider Your Kitchen Floor Plan
When space comes at a premium in your kitchen, the first thing you’ll want to do is find more. Sometimes, the easiest and most effective way to achieve more space is to consider transforming your kitchen floor plan. Ideally, a small kitchen follow plan should follow the natural triangular pattern between refrigerator, oven, and sink. This helps achieve a smoother flow of movement when you’re working in the space. If transforming the layout of your kitchen is something you’re interested in doing, it’s best to work with a kitchen remodeling company to help with the project. Whether the work involves taking out a wall or adding a small kitchen island, professional kitchen remodelers will be able to ensure that the new floor plan maximizes functionality.
There are various ways in which you can make the most of a small kitchen. When meeting the challenge of limited room in your kitchen, working with an experienced remodeling company is one of the best ways to ensure that the space is utilized to its full potential.
Request a Kitchen Remodeling Estimate
If you’re interested in remodeling your Bay Area kitchen, get in touch with S&C Construction. We specialize in both large and small kitchen remodels, so our experts will know the best ways to completely transform your kitchen. We offer free consultations. Contact us today to get started.