If your home is anything like ours, your kitchen is probably about the same size as a snug bathroom. It's a miracle if you're able to make a meal that requires any more work than a turkey sandwich. And yet, you manage to do it every day. But just because your kitchen is spatially challenged, that doesn't mean it has to feel that way. From bright white paint to clever storage solutions, there are so many nifty tips and tricks that can seemingly open up your space.
1. Utilize open shelving.
2. Keep it white and bright.
3. Blend cabinets and appliances.
4. Keep countertops free and clear.
When people complain about their small kitchen, they are usually complaining about the lack of counter space. By keeping those countertops clean and clear — not including every day necessities like your Nespresso machine — your kitchen will seem less cluttered and more importantly you'll have plenty of room for chopping and stirring.
5. Combine the dining area with the kitchen.
Create the illusion of extra space by merging two rooms into one. Not only will it make your kitchen look larger, but it also gives your dinner guests a nice view of your culinary prowess.
6. Opt for smaller appliances.
7. Consider a folding countertop.
Cooking in a small kitchen is definitely a challenge. So make your life a little bit easier by installing a fold-down countertop. This will give you the luxury of a little extra counter space, and when you need more room to maneuver you can just release the latch and unfold it.
8. Bring in lots of natural light.
It's no secret that natural light can open up a space. So welcome all of the sunlight you can, even if that means a small renovation project in order to carve out a kitchen window. And bonus: You will be saving a few bucks as well as the environment by using natural light instead.
9. Find a mobile kitchen island with storage.
A kitchen island can function as a serving area, surface area for cooking, and an option for more storage. And by freeing up shelving and counter space, your kitchen will appear a little bit larger.
10. Organization is key.
There's no feeling more satisfying in the kitchen than to being able to locate the ice cream scoop in a jiffy. By using storage solutions like this base pantry pull out from Home Depot, to organize utensils and other tools, you can save a ton of space, not to mention you'll always be prepared to scoop that cookie dough deliciousness at a moment's notice.