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Gina's Top 7 Tips for Renovating a Kitchen in a Small Home

Updated: Feb 17, 2020

Small kitchens can be hard to work in, especially for those who love to cook. The lack of

storage and counter space can make cooking a much more difficult task than it generally is.

However, small kitchens come with a host of benefits too. They are well suited to smaller

households, easier to clean and maintain, and cost less to renovate. Kitchen designs can

also be optimized to make the best use of the available space, so that a small space doesn’t

have to be limiting. So, here are some of the factors to consider while renovating a small


1. Try Different Layouts:

The layout of your kitchen is the biggest factor that determines how you’re able to

use the space. While most kitchens follow an L shaped layout, sometimes with a

kitchen island, that may not be an optimal layout for your kitchen. A single wall or a

galley style kitchen are generally the best layouts for small kitchens. A single wall

layout is more akin to a kitchenette and works better for those who cook less,

whereas a galley style kitchen offers more counter and cabinet space. There are also

some small kitchens where an L or U shape makes better sense. If you’re unsure

what works best in your space, consult an interior designer who can help you find

the best layouts based on your usage and kitchen space.

2. Mirrors and Glossy Finishes:

Glossy finishes on the cabinets give the kitchen a modern look while also allowing

more light to reflect throughout your space. Mirrored finishes can also help you

achieve this look. These finishes are easier to clean and maintain, while giving your

kitchen an open and expansive look. Using glass on the cabinet doors is another way

to make the kitchen look larger. However, this works best when the cabinets are tidy

and uncluttered.

3. Light Colors:

It is a well-known fact that light colors make the space look larger. This holds true in

kitchens too. A white kitchen with wood or stainless-steel countertops look modern

and spacious. Using lighter shades of colors also helps give this look. If you wish to

use other colors, try to match the cabinet colors with the wall as this will make the

cabinets seem like they disappear into the wall. You can also use a combination of

two colors to get the best of both worlds. For example, dark colored cabinets at the

bottom and lighter ones on the top.

4. Open Storage:

Storage space is at a premium in small kitchens. To make the best of the space, you

can choose to have storage space above the upper cabinets and the refrigerator.

Corner units, thin pull out units and built in appliances also help use the available

space more wisely. Include open shelving where possible, as well as hooks for

hanging utensils, small pots and flat pans. It keeps them easily accessible while

saving cabinet space.

5. Minimal Style:

Embrace the minimalist lifestyle. Cut down on unnecessary items to give you space

for what you need most. Pair this with a minimal design style in the kitchen for a

winning combo. The minimal style helps the space feel larger, while cutting down on

inessential kitchen items will give more space for you to use the kitchen.

6. Creative use of Space:

Get creative with your use of space. Look for items and design solutions that serve

more than one purpose. Use one side of your layout or kitchen island as counter

space and a breakfast area. Incorporate folding units for more counter space. Add

storage underneath the kitchen island. Use the space in the adjacent room for some

discreet storage or connect the kitchen with the dining room to add more space.

Define spaces for appliances like the microwave oven that don’t eat into your

counter. Sit down with your interior designer to discuss the best innovative solutions

that can be incorporated into your kitchen.

7. Use Natural Light:

Open up the windows and let the sunlight stream into your kitchen. This will prevent

the kitchen from becoming a tight, claustrophobic space. Add more windows or

expand existing ones if necessary. With natural light flowing in, even dark colored

kitchens can appear large and welcoming. Add concealed lighting to your cabinets to

use up less space while giving enough light to work in the evening. An open and

well-lit space is key to being able to enjoy cooking after all.

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