A small kitchen can pose a big challenge. Whether you love to cook or you only cook because you prefer that over starving, limited counter space and cupboard storage can be a daily frustration. However, even a tiny kitchen can work with a few tweaks. Keep reading for some tips on making the most of a small kitchen.
Make the Most of Vertical Space
If you have limited counter space, one of the best ways to maximize your kitchen’s efficiency is to keep those counters as clear as possible—put away the knife block, stow away your cooking utensils, and try to keep the countertop appliances to a minimum. Unfortunately, if you have limited counter space, then you probably also have limited cupboard and cabinet space. So, what do you do?
You think vertical. Mount a few hooks and hang those cooking utensils, put up a magnetic strip to hang the cutlery, and hang some baskets for storing fresh fruit, small gadgets, papers, and anything else that tends to take up precious counter space. If you have an empty wall, add some shelving to keep your small appliances accessible but out of your way.
Light It Up
A poorly lit room feels smaller than it actually is, and dark colors can make a tight space feel even more cramped. If switching to cabinets and countertops in a lighter color isn’t a realistic (or desirable) option, then brighten your walls with a fresh coat of paint in a light, neutral color. Give yourself some extra light by adding peel-and-stick LED strip lights under your cabinets, replace outdated light fixtures and switch out incandescent bulbs for brighter, more energy-efficient options, and consider putting up a mirrored backsplash to reflect light.
Don’t Forget to Decorate
Small kitchens can feel rather utilitarian; after all, if you need to make use of every inch of space, you’re probably not going to give up any workspace for the sake of a flowerpot. However, a practical kitchen can still be attractive, and a little bit of decor goes a long way in a small space. The key is to, once again, think vertical. Hang a potted plant from the ceiling and find some wall art that you love to bring life and personality to your small kitchen. Need some inspiration? Check out our line of customizable wall art here.
Think Outside the Box
When it comes to storage, you may need to think outside of your kitchen for a good solution, especially if you don’t have a pantry. Repurpose a linen closet, coat closet, or even a nearby alcove to store food or anything else that your cupboards and cabinets won’t accommodate.
Invest in an Island Cart
If you have limited counter space and no room for a kitchen island, then an island cart can be a lifesaver. It’s just as helpful as a large island, and it can be wheeled out of sight when you’re done with it. As an added bonus, many island carts provide built-in storage, helping you to maximize your space even more.
A small kitchen doesn’t have to feel cramped. With a little bit of planning and creativity, your small kitchen can be inviting and efficient.