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Make the Most of a Small Kitchen

The kitchen is the hub of the family home, the kitchen is a place to gather, cook, eat, laugh, do homework or pay bills, and share in special moments together. When space is limited, it takes smart planning to create a multi-functional and aesthetically appealing kitchen. A well designed kitchen has minimal clutter and maximum efficiency. Whether you're redecorating or totally remodeling, here are a few ideas for small kitchen spaces.

Contain Kitchen Clutter with Trays And Baskets

Baskets and trays are very useful, not just for carrying things but also to use for organization when you are limited on drawer space. Using light colors also make it feel more spacious.

Open Shelving

One of my favorite personal touches that can be applied in a kitchen is open shelving. The shelving is useful for storage and makes the space look larger than it really is.

Hang Your Pots and Pans

Bulky pots and pans can take up a lot of valuable space in your kitchen. A pot rack free's up a lot of cupboard space and is relatively cheap to buy. You can either get one that hangs from the ceiling and over a kitchen island, or one that hangs off the wall.

Opt For Glass Cabinet Doors

One of the simplest ways of "expanding" a kitchen is incorporating glass, which lets you see through the objects, enhancing the feeling of spaciousness. Try a glass counter or tabletop, or glass door cabinets. Glass kitchen doors, to the outside world or to the next room, can also visually expand the space. 

Play With Incandescent Lighting

Fluorescent lighting, which impacts the colorization of objects in the room, is frequently found in kitchens. To counteract it, consider hanging pendant lights that light your eating area in a more appetizing color. Use incandescent lighting (which is more yellowish) underneath the upper cabinets shining down on the countertops. Ceiling incandescent spot lighting, when directed at the cabinetry, will increase the shadowing of the space and give the area greater visual movement through light and dark contrast as opposed to cabinetry simply shown in the blue-tones of fluorescent lighting.

Everything in a small kitchen must earn its keep! Instead of serving one purpose, elements need to work double-duty. Cabinets can house hideaway nooks for appliances, spice racks can easily attach to the inside of cabinet doors, and the wall can be used to mount necessities like a paper towel holder or a pot rack. Carefully consider a product's multiple purposes before bringing it into your cramped quarters. Not only will these changes make your kitchen feel larger, but they instantly propel your small space toward a tidy, modern and sophisticated space.
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