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Ideas for Remodeling Your Small Kitchen
Are you blessed with a "space-challenged" kitchen? Hopefully. Small kitchens help you make quick work of your food prep, and tend to be more ergonomically correct. Not only that, you save energy and money.
Here are some ideas you can implement for your own home. They help you to maximize space, improve aesthetics and ergonomics, and generally make your small kitchen a better, happier place.
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- Space-Saving: Most kitchens are far larger than needed. Chances are, your kitchen is just the right size for the things you need to do.
- Cheaper: The kitchen is the most expensive remodel in the house. Keeping the space small reduces the usage of these expensive materials, bringing down your overall cost.
- DIY-Friendly: Often, size is the tipping point between doing in yourself or hiring a professional.
- Ergonomics: The old rule of the kitchen triangle still applies. With small kitchens, the triangle is practically built-in.
- Maximizes Other Space: Shrinking the kitchen space allows room for other areas of your house: living rooms, offices, bedrooms. Cutting down on kitchen size may even allow you to add an entirely new room, such as a guest bathroom.
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Small Kitchen Idea: Keep It Light
If you're hankering for dark paint colors in your kitchen...save them for your next house. The first piece of advice is always to lighten up your kitchen paint colors. With this, you instantly add the feeling of space.
Shown here are Chai Latte, Apple Crisp, and Popped Corn paint colors from Behr.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Small Kitchen Idea: Shrink the Sink
We're all so accustomed to the 12 foot-long sink/counter combination that it is easy to ignore the alternatives.
Sequester the sink in its own area, freeing up other parts of the kitchen for food prep. Shown here is an otherwise unusable kitchen corner that the homeowner has wisely packed with a practical use.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Small Kitchen Idea: Make the Space
Sometimes, you just don't have enough space. In this efficiency apartment, with nothing more than one bedroom, one bathroom, and a generalized living/eating area, there wasn't much space for a kitchen.
So, the best idea--for this non-existent kitchen--is to pull in the free-standing kitchen furniture (from places like IKEA) to minimize the weighty feeling of traditional built-in kitchen cabinetry.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Small Kitchen Idea: Pull in the Pendants
Pendants lights are a great idea--but keep those lights light and airy (believe it or not, it is possible to weigh down your kitchen with pendants). These AXO Lighting pendants are a prime example of the way to go. The lights are wrapped in dark wenge finish bamboo lampshades for a fresher feeling.
Compare Prices: Koshi Wood and Chrome Pendant Lights
Manufacturer: AXO LightingContinue to 6 of 10 below.
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Small Kitchen Idea: Embrace the Galley
If you've got a small kitchen, it's 90% certain that you've got what is called a galley kitchen.
A galley (sometimes called corridor kitchen) is little more than a hallway with counters on either side. Typically, one counter has all of the services (sink, stove, dishwasher, etc.), with the other side comprising cabinets and counters.
In other cases, this "second side" is merely a wall.
So, one of the best ideas is to learn how to work with the compact specifications of galley kitchens.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Small Kitchen Idea: Let There Be No Wasted Space
Storage is problematic in limited-space kitchens: the instant you increase your storage, your work area shrinks.
Fortunately, kitchen cabinet manufacturers have gotten smart recently about how and where to create storage space. Filler cabinets with sliders--as narrow as three inches--help you store baking pans, spices, utensils, and other smaller items.
Another idea is to install pantry cabinets and wall cabinets that reach to the ceiling. The gap at the top is visually appealing--it does make the cabinets feel less imposing--but it's still wasted space that collects dust. Fill it in!Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Small Kitchen Idea: Go All Out With the Backsplash
You don't have a lot of spaces to adorn. So, those that you do adorn should be sumptuous. The backsplash is the perfect place to start.
It's not a lot of square footage, so if you want lavish limestone, glistening glass mosaic, or antique tin tile backsplash, chances are good that your budget can support it.
A fancy backsplash livens up the entire kitchen.
Shown here, from Stonepeak, is limestone 4" x 12", colors: Walnut, Honey, and Ivory.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Small Kitchen Idea: Keep Floor Tile Large and Light
It's a visual illusion. Tiny floor tiles make your kitchen feel busy and cramped; large tiles make it feel airier and larger.
One reason is that, with the large tiles, you're reducing the number of grout lines. Go for nothing smaller than standard 12" x 12" tiles, but preferably larger. Shown here are 18" x 18" tiles from American Olean (Carriage House Straw Sky).
One admonition: galley kitchens, with their very narrow center floor, will look odd if you lay large tiles, especially if they are parallel to the cabinets.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Small Kitchen Idea: Squeeze the Fridge and Push It Up
So, imagine the space-sucking French-door or counter-depth refrigerator. Problem: it's low and fat. Squat like a sumo wrestler.
What's the real problem? Every inch occupied by that fridge means one less inch of counter space to prepare your meals.
So-called slim-line refrigerators are becoming a bigger seller for appliance manufacturers, as more people live in urban condos and even postage stamp-sized apartments (micro apartments or apodments).
The model shown here is a mere 24" wide and holds 9.7 cubic feet in the cooling compartment and 3.3 cubic feet in the freezer. Small and stylish, it's from Liebherr.