From galley kitchens to small kitchenettes in efficiency units, the kitchen is one place that could typically use an upgrade in the form of space. Since remodeling can be expensive or out of your hands if you rent, try out these 5 tips to help use your space well, on a budget!
We hope our tips for transforming a tiny, cramped kitchen into a spacious and inviting space are inspiring!
1. Take those Top Cupboards Down: At first glance, top cupboards can make a kitchen feel teeny tiny and tight. By taking down the boxy cupboards and putting in open shelving if you need the storage, or no shelving at all if you are a super space user, you can trick the eye. More open space can equal a more open kitchen!
2. Glass and Reflective Surfaces: Just like the illusion of long hallways and expansive bars with mirrors, reflective surfaces like glass and metal can help give more light to a room, and often make the kitchen feel airy. Through tiles, cupboard doors, and appliances you can easily lighten and expand the room.
3. Floors, Floors, and more Floors: In small spaces, especially kitchens, floors are one place you can splurge or save on and still create an impact. From marble to painted floors, it is one way to add character to your small kitchen that makes it distinct and inviting.
4. Smaller and Fewer Appliances: Small kitchens can look and feel more cramped simply by having too many things on the countertops. By sizing down not just the number of appliances, but also their size, you can make a small kitchen feel spacious, particularly if you can work with tiny microwaves, modest refrigerators, and two instead of four burners. Think European.
5. Harmonious Materials and Colors: Balancing the colors, woods, metals, and accessories in a small space is important. By working with complimentary tones that don’t overwhelm or underwhelm, you can give you kitchen enough character without it drowning out the details.
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