A Tiny Kitchen Doesn’t Have to Be a Big Headache: 5 DIY Tips to Open Up Your Small Space

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After months of searching, you’ve found a house that is nearly perfect – awesome neighborhood, beautiful yard with lots of shade, big garage, cozy porch, spacious bedrooms, rustic fireplace… There is only one drawback, but it’s really nagging you-tiny kitchen. While the kitchen is usually very important to home buyers, you have no doubt that this is the house for you, tiny kitchen or not. A small kitchen doesn’t have to be the ugly stepchild of your beautiful home-check out these DIY tips to make the most of a small kitchen:

1. Rethink your cabinets.

Large cabinetry stretching up to the ceiling can make a small kitchen feel very crowded. Trade bulky upper cabinets for open shelving units where you can neatly stack dishes and store glassware. These open units will trick the eye into thinking there is more space in the room. Invest in a rolling kitchen island that can be tucked away in a corner when not in use-this provides you with storage space and work space when preparing meals. Pot racks and magnetic knife holders can also free up space in the room and reduce the need for large cabinets.

2. Use eye-catching material.

One of the good things about a small kitchen is that you don’t need a lot of material when you want to redesign. Small counters mean you can go all out on awesome material like striking marble or granite. Find unique, colorful glass tiles that match your counters and create an eye-catching backsplash. A small kitchen presents a great opportunity to create a stunning space that is more difficult (and expensive) with larger rooms.

3. Use glass.

Glass works in much the same way as open shelving in the kitchen-glass creates an appearance of more space, and mirrors reflect space to make rooms feel larger. Go for a glass-topped table or install mirrors in the backs of your open shelving units.

4. Light it up.

To make a small kitchen feel cozy, ditch harsh lighting. Create charming ambiance with the right combination of lights. Install lighting under the cabinets that shine down onto the counters and provide helpful work lighting while also creating a pleasant atmosphere. Recessed lighting in the ceiling creates an adequate amount of light in the room without taking up space, and stylish pendant lights over the table are useful for meal time.

5. Focus on the floor.

Look at your kitchen floor like a blank canvas. This is another area where small works in your favor – the minimal amount of square footage means you can be a bit more extravagant. Checkerboard tiles (especially in black and white) can expand the feel of the entire room.

Small kitchens may seem like a challenging obstacle, but they can be just as functional and beautiful as a large kitchen. Smaller space means you can go with bolder decoration that would seem overwhelming in a large kitchen, and with the right set-up and lighting, a small kitchen is very cozy. Please feel free to contact us for more information on opening up your small space.

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Michelle Manter Giglietti

Owner~Realtor at Manter Realty Group of Keller Williams
Top Producing Realtor and recognized blogger. In her free time you can hear her screaming fore at the local golf course,or catch her at home enjoying fresh cooking and a glass of wine with her husband and favorite 6 pound Morkie named Pedro.
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