Tune into our small kitchen ideas guidebook and open up this tiny space to more use and design
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If space is limited, look up. Expand on the small kitchen's square footage by making the most of the vertical space, and taking the storage up to the ceiling.
This solution will not only offer more opportunity to keep your extra pots, pans and containers but also save on floor space. Add a ladder for access, and paint it the same color as the cabinets to make it look like a design feature.
Who says small kitchens cannot have dark hues? As per color theory, deep tones create a sense of depth and a feeling of infinity in a room. Plus, let's be honest. Dark tones look immediately arresting and dramatic. A look you want to give in this small yet extremely significant space.
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Contrary to popular belief, a small space deserves vibrant colors. And no, it doesn't make it seem smaller; in fact, a bright lick of paint will give the room personality and depth. If you're planning on remodeling your kitchen, pack a punch with a choice of a bold hue.
Also, while you're going in for a sleeker look, remember that protruding cabinet knobs and pulls can take up a lot of visual and physical space. Choose handleless kitchen cabinets with a lip or touch latch. This will give the space a seamless, minimal look without visual interruptions.
You'll be surprised at how much just mere color can do to make your small kitchen look bigger. Soft, neutral tones can create a feeling of lightness in the room, so the bulky drawers and cabinets look neat, clean, and visually light. It can also create the feeling of expanse.
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To create small kitchen storage ideas, don't only look to the walls and the floor – look up, towards the entire length and breadth of the room. After all, in skinny spaces, every single inch counts.
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Small kitchens can quickly look cluttered, so keep detailing to a minimum and avoid the shaker style. Handleless cabinets create a contemporary, clean-lined effect that doesn't confuse or overwhelm the eye.
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Most importantly, if your kitchen is mini, consider a good edit of your paraphernalia. Think hard: do you really need more than a handful of plates, mugs, or glasses if there are just two members in the house?
Owning lesser things can be immensely freeing, and will significantly make your life easier and smoother.