Whether your kitchen is small is subjective. The question is, is your kitchen too small for you?
As a general rule, your kitchen only takes up about 10-15% of your home’s total square footage. A small kitchen is defined as a space that is 70 square feet or less. This doesn’t mean that your average 10’ × 10’ kitchen doesn’t often feel small.
Gorgeous kitchens don’t have to be large, and include island seating, two cooktops, and a dine-in area. We’ve compiled some tips for you to consider when you’re remodeling your small kitchen.
One of the biggest issues homeowners run into is kitchen storage. Even having lots of cabinetry doesn’t necessarily mean you have enough space. Old cabinetry or poorly laid out cabinetry can make your kitchen ineffective, and creates clutter.
But how can you declutter when you have dated cabinetry that wastes space? Consider putting in cabinets that increase your storage capacity, all the way to the ceiling. Kitchen cabinetry with customizable shelves also helps you reconfigure your cabinet system as needed in the future. Roll-out shelves or pull-out pantries create a lot of extra space to house everything you need.
Cabinetry can also help you organize your small appliances, so your countertops can stay as clutter-free as possible. Open shelving can keep items at hand that are used daily.
Depending on the age of your home, you might consider knocking out a wall to join the kitchen space to a dining room. In the late 1940’s and 1950’s, it was common to compartmentalize a home’s space. This led to most kitchens being closed off and smaller than we’re used to today.
A lot of newer homes don’t necessarily have larger kitchens, but the open concept trend makes homes feel like they have larger kitchens than they actually do.
If you consider combining spaces, think about installing an island or a peninsula to create a more defined kitchen area. Even a small peninsula will add more storage, seating, and prep workspace, while working with the existing space you have.
Choosing brighter colors in the kitchen will create an airier feel. This is why white is such a popular color for kitchens. But you don’t have to make everything white to achieve a spacious-feeling kitchen. Cool grays and warm beiges are also great color choices for a small kitchen. And accent tiles and backsplashes are great places for a pop of color.