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Small Kitchen Designs Ideas

by Karin Mangan

A small kitchen can mean struggling to find enough space to store pots and pans or prepare meals. A kitchen makeover can improve the look of your kitchen and make it more user-friendly.

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Making the Most of a Small Kitchen

  • A small kitchen design should include as many upper cabinets as possible to allow more space for appliances such as your dishwasher, washing machine, and fridge. Lighter colored kitchen cabinets prevent a small kitchen design from becoming too cramped when there is a lot of upper cabinetry.
  • Slimline appliances are great space savers but consider carefully which appliances are suitable. A slimline washing machine is not convenient for a family of four!
  • Built-in appliances are an essential part of a small kitchen design. For example, you can use the spaces between appliances by installing custom-built storage; or a microwave built in to an upper cabinet can save counter-top space.
  • Décor can increase the sense of space. If you want kitchen cabinets in darker colors, choose light colors for the walls and floor. If you have light colored kitchen cabinets, you can add warmth to a small kitchen design with splashes of color in the drapes or blinds or by choosing a darker colored countertop.
  • You might consider knocking through to an adjoining room to create a large kitchen-diner. The work might not be as costly as you expect and the results can be impressive. A kitchen-diner is great for entertaining or to allow the whole family to prepare and eat meals together. The kitchen can become the center of the home, and your property value could also be enhanced.

Enjoy your small kitchen design. It is your opportunity to be creative and get the kitchen you really want.

About the Author

Karin has worked as a freelancer for over ten years, writing informatively about a wide range of subjects. She has a PhD and a background in education and research.

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