What if you could still have big dreams for a small kitchen?
When we think about remodeling kitchens, most of us think about the giant kitchen renovations that we see on TV. And if you’re rocking a much smaller kitchen, it’s easy to feel left out.
That ends today, though. Because with the right tips, your small kitchen remodel can help you make the most out of your space. Here are a few of our absolutely favorite tips.
1. Statement Lighting
Making a small space seem bigger is a bit of an optical illusion. And one way to pull this off is to invest in some statement lighting.
In general, statement lighting draws visitors’ eyes. They will be too busy checking out the fancy lighting to notice cramped and cluttered shelves. And you can make the lighting more appealing by investing in fancier (and possibly even colored) light bulbs.
Remember, placement is everything. Where you put these lights will either make the kitchen look bigger or throw its small size into stark relief.
2. Sliding Cabinets
Earlier, we mentioned the kitchen looking cluttered. So, what’s making your small kitchen look cluttered? Typically, this includes things like appliances and pantry items that are taking up a lot of visible space.
One easy renovation to help you deal with this is installing sliding cabinets. These help you tuck everything “out of sight,” instantly making the space look larger. At the same time, the sliding cabinets make it easy to access these items whenever you need them.
To top this effect off, get some storage bins and use them to hide items you don’t take out very often. The end result is fewer things taking up space!
3. Sprawl Those Walls
Not every small kitchen renovation is about making the area look bigger. Some of the best renovations, in fact, are all about helping you maximize your space.
That’s why you should look for opportunities to creatively use wall space. If you have a blank wall, you can have a professional add things like drink stations or extra cabinets. This turns an area that previously had no purpose into an extension of your available space.
The sky is the limit when it comes to what you can do with your wall space.
4. Extra Cabinet Storage
It often feels like we never have enough space inside our cabinets, especially in a small kitchen. If you currently suffer from this problem, then it may be time to start looking “up!”
For example, the top of your cabinets is a great place to store kitchen appliances, large jars, and other things that take up a lot of space. This instantly makes your cabinet space much more useful.
You can turn the items on the shelves into part of your renovation aesthetic as well. Place several metal appliances up top and you’re well on your way to creating a “mixed media” kitchen aesthetic!
5. Rolling Cart
If the kitchen space is small, then you don’t really have room for a kitchen island. Your best solution, then, is to get a rolling cart for the kitchen.
Such a cart fills many of the roles that a traditional island would normally fill. It is the perfect place to season meat, arrange plates, or just temporarily store the ingredients for an upcoming meal.
And as a rolling cart, you can wheel this out of the way whenever you need to. That way, you get all the functionality without permanently wasting space.
6. Display Utensils
Some of these renovation ideas help you save space and some of them help you make your space look better. But what if one idea could help you do both?
Try taking some of your most commonly-used utensils out of the drawer. Next, use an S-hook to attach them to an area such as a beaded board backsplash. The end result is something tasteful, clever, and unique.
As an added bonus, you’ll be able to find and access each utensil that much more easily!
7. Reduce and Simplify
Sometimes, the best renovation ideas are also the simplest. Before you do anything really drastic with your kitchen, you need to pare down as much as humanly possible.
This process usually involves brutal honesty. Does your family of 3 really need all those plate sets and a small mountain of bowls? Honestly, you can throw most of this out.
When the smoke clears, you’ll have more shelf space than ever before. And who knows? This could help you jumpstart a spring cleaning for your entire home.
8. Hidden Prep Station
One of the biggest small kitchen concerns involves counter space. It seems like there is never enough space for your needs. But what if you could cheat and add extra space?
You can get creative and add a hidden prep station underneath one of your existing counters. All you need is a butcher board with a hole in the middle that rolls from under the counter. Place a garbage can under that hole and you now have a prep station you can access at any time.
This is one of our favorite recommendations simply because it looks great and saves so much time and space.
9. Chalkboard Paint Is Your Friend
We’ve talked about building extra cabinets and placing things on top of cabinets. But there is one more thing that cabinets are good for: a new coat of paint!
Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you repaint all your cabinets. Instead, you should put some chalkboard paint on the end of a row of cabinets.
As the name implies, chalkboard paint allows you to then write on the surface with chalk. You can use this space to write down reminders, ingredients, important dates, or just special messages to your loved ones.
It’s fun, functional, and adds a welcome splash of personality to any small kitchen.
Small Kitchen Remodel: What Are You Waiting For?
Now you know the best tips for a small kitchen remodel. But do you know who can make your every remodel and renovation dream come true?
We specialize in architecture and interior design, and we love to make renovation dreams come true. To learn what we can do for you and your kitchen, contact us today!