Do you hate your small kitchen? Yes, designing a smaller sized kitchen can be a challenge especially if you require more storage space or if navigating the room is a bit difficult. Now is the time to implement clever design tricks to create a sense of openness while maximizing function. Here are some easy ways to get the most out of your small kitchen.
Consider an Open Island Cart
The idea of a traditional island may sound appealing but if it’s not realistic for the space you’re working with opt for an open island cart. An island cart that is open on all sides is ideal because it provides a barely there look while providing lots of useful storage area. If the island cart is movable you can always push the cart against the counter when you need to navigate the kitchen.
Floating Open Shelves
The floating open shelves look isn’t a new concept but a trendy alternative to the solution is to install a few open shelves above your main wall of cabinets. This provides extra storage areas without boxing in sight lines. In addition, a floating shelf peninsula provides a great visual spot to place items and your guests will free to grab items that they might need.
Move the Kitchen Cabinets Higher
Generally, upper kitchen cabinets start at least twenty inches above the counter. However, if your kitchen is feeling especially tiny you can create a sense of openness by starting them 25-30 inches higher than normal. Believe it or not, the visual break in design can make a huge impact. You just may have to use a stool to reach in the cabinets.
A Mirrored Backsplash
Another way you can make a tiny kitchen feel spacious is to install a mirrored backsplash over the kitchen sink. If you don’t have an open wall, the mirrored backsplash will give the illusion of more depth beyond the counters.
Contrasting Dark or Light
When it comes to making a kitchen feel larger you may think using darker colors will have the opposite effect. However, contrasting with light and dark hues will have an optical effect that actually makes the kitchen seem larger than it actually is. For instance, using shades of grey or brown against white countertops makes the wall visually recede.