Is your kitchen too small?
Want to make it feel bigger without the hassle and inconvenience of planning and budgeting for a kitchen renovation cost?
Courtesy of Kitchen Gallery, here are some easy, DIY tips for small kitchens that cost very little but have a big impact when it’s all said and done.
5 Things you can do right now
Your small kitchen looks out-of-date.
And even though you can’t change its size with a full kitchen remodeling project, you still want to it look modern and contemporary (without making it appear even tinier in the process).
With these instant tips for small kitchens, it’ll look brighter and bigger in no time.
1. Get new hardware
Have you changed the handles on your drawers and cabinets since you moved in?
If not, there’s a good chance they haven’t aged well. As a result, your small kitchen looks old and tired..
New hardware will instantly modernize your kitchen. Instead of feeling cramped, it’ll feel stylish and functional.
Finally, if you’re going to get new hardware, you might as well update things like the faucets, taps and other kitchen fixtures.
2. Invest in new dishtowels
An easy and inexpensive design tip for small kitchens is to populate them with new, brightly coloured and patterned dishtowels.
If your dishtowels are ancient, they’re probably faded (and perhaps a little grimy too).
Choose dishtowels to match your current kitchen décor or select contrasting colours to really draw attention to them.
The simplest and fastest way to make your kitchen design feel bigger is to clean out the clutter.
Take a look at your countertops and see if they’re stacked with:
Your kitchen is small to start with. And all that stuff (which shouldn’t really be there, anyway).
Put clutter away where it belongs and you’ll instantly enlarge your kitchen.
And the best part of this tip for small kitchens? It’s fast and free.
4. Hang up some pictures
Are your kitchen walls white, bare, and boring?
Spruce them up and add some much-needed colour by hanging some artwork in your kitchen.
Posters, prints, portraits and pictures create interesting focal points in an otherwise practical space.
5. Place a rug down
Perhaps you can’t (or allowed, if you live in a condo or apartment) take out and install new kitchen flooring.
Instead, place a colourful kitchen rug to cover them up.
Firstly, it just looks nice.
And secondly, it gives your feet a cozy, warm place to stand in during North Bay’s cold winters.
3 Things you can do during a weekend
If you’ve got some time and a modest budget to work with, you can really make a difference with these impactful tips for small kitchens.
1. Paint the cabinetry
Kitchen cabinet refacing is a very popular transformation option.
However, if that’s not something you want to undertake, then repainting your kitchen cabinets is a wise alternative.
While painting your cabinets, just remember the following tips:
- For small kitchens, you may need a few weekends to allow for proper painting and drying
- Fill cracks or holes with filler before getting started
- Pick up a foam brush for small or tricky corner areas
- Always have a draft of fresh air circulating through your kitchen as you paint
2. Paint the walls
After you’ve painted the cabinetry, paint the walls to match.
3. Hang new lighting fixtures
Does your kitchen still have those 80s style lighting fixtures?
You know the kind: They’re either big, large bulbs or boring rectangular lights.
Either way, they’re old and make your kitchen look smaller than it is because they aren’t throwing enough light.
The centre of your kitchen will be lit, but the corners won’t.
Many small kitchen owners choose to upgrade their light fixtures with things like hanging pendants or task lighting.
Some other things to keep in mind:
- Install a dimmer to create various light levels
- Get under-the-counter lights
- Find an uncluttered corner of your kitchen and place a lamp that’s easy to turn on
Need some more tips for small kitchens? Contact us
Have big plans for your small kitchen?
Whatever you need, we can help.
Contact us for a FREE, in-home consultation. We’ll come to you, discuss your plans and share some tips for small kitchens to help bring them to life.
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