10 tips for small kitchen design

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Tue, 07-01-2008 - 10:59am

from http://www.kitchendesignersideas.com/small_kitchen_design.html

It's hard to overcome the feeling of not having enough space in a small kitchen. The NKBA recommends using unique storage solutions, mixing natural and ambient lighting, and carefully choosing your appliances.

If you have a small kitchen to design then the problem of designing a great kitchen boils down to just what you can fit and where. There are many different cabinet designs and surface patterns that can help you provide your small kitchen design with a sense of space.

Some ideas to try include:

1. Putting an island in the center of the kitchen that can provide freestanding storage that is also convenient from any spot in the kitchen.

2. Using a galley kitchen design in which the cabinets and appliances line up on either side of a corridor can work out very well for a small kitchen space.

3. Today's appliance manufacturers have come up with more compact space-saving appliances make small kitchen design easier, such as refrigerators that are 24 inches deep instead of 30 inches deep, as well as appliances that can be hung underneath cabinets like microwaves.

4. Other small kitchen design tricks to create an eating area in the kitchen include using a drop table or a small sized round table with two small chairs that can be tucked into a corner. Or a built-in counter along the wall with chairs to provide an eating nook.

5. Another interesting challenge in small kitchen design is creating an illusion of space with under cabinet lighting or under the counter. With the proper type of lighting the kitchen can be made to appear larger and more pleasing.

6. The use of light colored cabinets with glass doors.

7. Installing deeper counters that can accommodate more appliances and increase work space.

8. Flooring tiles can be placed on a diagonal, and in a galley style kitchen hardwood flooring can be run the length of the kitchen.

9. For storage you can hang up pots and pans. This is a perfect way to free up cabinet space, and they add a certain charm and character to your small kitchen design. The insides of cabinet doors can be used to hang up everything from utensils, oven mitts, and other miscellaneous items. Pantry storage with units that go all the way to the ceiling with the upper cabinets to provide more space for seldom used items while making the lower cabinets more accessible with rollout shelves, lazy susans, and tilt-out bins.

10. Install a large kitchen sink, since larger sinks are considered to be more practical than small sinks when it comes to cleaning pots and pans.



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from from http://kitchen-decor.suite101.com/article.cfm/kitchen_decor_tips

What other options are there in a small kitchen to make it appear larger?

• Glass cabinetry – while it would be more ideal to expand your current windows and/or add new ones, you can add a window of a different sort. Use clear glass panes in your cabinetry. Show the depth of your kitchen. As a warning, though, you will not just be showing the depths of your kitchen, you will also be showing off any mess you may have previously hidden behind those opaque cabinet doors. Consider only installing glass panes in a few of your cabinets, allowing you to display your beautiful pottery and dinnerware, not your cereal boxes and messy spice rack. A few stained glass inserts can really make your cabinets stand out.

• Lighting – the right lighting can make all the difference, even in the kitchen. If you are using just one light fixture located in the center of your ceiling, it is definitely time to add to and change how you light your kitchen. One fairly easy thing to do is to install under-cabinet lighting. You can even install above-cabinet lighting, if your cabinets do not meet the ceiling. For the above-cabinet lighting, you can even use Christmas rope lights. Consider installing recessed can lighting throughout the kitchen, and be sure to have good task lighting over important work areas like the kitchen sink and stove. Modern track lighting and pendant lights can add a nice touch.

• Bright and warm colors – if you want your kitchen to seem larger, do not use dark colors on the walls! Instead, open it up by using warm whites and yellows or other colors that invite light. Also consider light-colored appliances and cabinetry. No, your kitchen décor does not have to be bland! You can still add a splash of color here and there – use a bright red dishtowel, sink mat, fruit bowl, recipe box, etc. Hang up some brightly colored photos or drawings of Paris cafes or food, etc. You can still have fun with your kitchen décor. And, in fact, if you use more subtle, lighter colors on your walls, your decorations will stand out much more.

• Plants – it never hurts to add a few plants to your kitchen decor! A popular place for plants is in the window above the sink. Think about adding a kitchen greenhouse window. Of course, there are other places you put plants. Place one on top of your refrigerator or cabinets. Set up a plant stand. You do not need a lot of plants – even just one or two can add a breath of fresh air to your kitchen. For added kitchen flavor, plant herbs. Not only will these look beautiful, but they will smell good and taste even better.



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