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5 Perfect Remedies for Small Kitchen and Bath Designs

by Shannon Dauphin

Small houses often come with compact kitchens and even tinier bathrooms. Finding the extra space--or at least making the rooms appear larger--is the challenge facing those who fall in love with quaint little houses. Here are a few big ideas for those small kitchen and bath designs.

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Tricks for Small Kitchen and Bath Designs

Not sure where to find the extra space? Here's how it's done:

  • Trick the eye. Use mirrors in the bathroom to visually widen the space. Opt for bright, airy colors in the kitchen, like a cheery yellow or elegant green, to trick the eye into seeing more of the room.
  • Opt for small fixtures that fit in well with your small kitchen and bath designs. The fixtures should be highly functional, yet make a statement only with their simplicity. Consider a waterfall faucet for the bathroom vanity, and look into a short kitchen faucet that has a built-in sprayer unit.
  • Warm up the space with a granite countertop or a marble vanity in a dark color. Gray blends work well for adding an element of visual warmth and make the whole area appear larger.
  • Store everything out of sight in order to keep the kitchen or bath designs clean and uncluttered. The longer the lines, the larger the space appears. Use custom-built adjustable shelves to make use of every nook and cranny in the tiny space. On the other hand, if you keep your home very neat, consider open shelves to provide more visual interest.
  • Consider the lighting. Opt for several types of lighting, including overheads for general lighting, targeted task lighting for small tasks, and ambient lighting to provide a flattering glow.

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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