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.

DIY: Warm Your Home Up This Winter

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Moving into a new home during the winter can be difficult. Maybe you are moving to Connecticut from somewhere much warmer, and this is your first New England winter. Or maybe you are already an experienced New Englander, but struggling to make your new home warm and inviting for the winter. Here are a few do it yourself tips to help you create a cozy place to share with your loved ones this winter:

1. Reading nook.

There is something warm and inviting about tiny spaces brimming with light and a comfortable seat to cozy up with a good book. Create a spot where you can curl up with a good read while the snow is flurrying by outside your windows. A corner by the fireplace, a niche under the stairs, or a bright window seat are all fabulous choices for a winter reading nook. A cozy reading nook will keep you from wasting the winter away on the couch in front of the TV!

2. Family game spot.

Another alternative to binge-watching ten seasons of your favorite TV show over the winter is a lot of family game time. Even the most reluctant kids are sure to have fun engaging in a family game if you make a great spot dedicated to this purpose. Get all those board games out of the dusty depths of whatever closet they are in and bring them out into the light. Store these games and other project materials in open shelving in a common area of the house, and add a small table where everyone can sit and enjoy some family fun.

3. Brighten up.

Nothing warms a home better than light. It has to be the right kind of light, of course-no harsh fluorescent bulbs that make your home feel like a supermarket. Keep plenty of floor and table lamps handy, and add three-way bulbs to control the amount of light. Dimmers come in handy for recessed lighting, and white twinkle lights are a great addition all winter (not just during Christmas!). Adding white twinkle lights to bedrooms around windows or behind sheer white curtains gives the room a soft, magical glow.

4. Warmth of the fire.

If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace in your new home (which are fairly common in CT), light it up. Take advantage of this beautiful spot to build your own warm, roaring fire on a cold winter day. Decorate your fireplace mantle with your favorite photos and mementos, and relax while you enjoy the warmth and crackle of the fire. If your fireplace is located in a large open area, bring a candle-lit table in for a special winter dinner.

5. Pile on the blankets (and rugs!).

Cover the backs of chairs and sofas with soft, snug blankets – they warm up the decor in the room plus they come in handy when you need to warm up yourself. Cover cold tile and wood floors with area rugs-your feet will thank you, and your home will feel much cozier.

Please feel free to contact us for more ways to warm up your new home this winter!

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