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Small Kitchen Remodeling Tips

Trying to cook in a smaller kitchen can feel cramped and busy, so much so that sometimes having more than one person in the space can feel like there are too many cooks. Many people with smaller kitchens will at some point consider a remodel. For some, its about knocking down, moving or opening walls to provide more space, for others, it’s about utilizing every inch of the kitchen in its current square footage to best optimize the space.

Either way, in a tiny room, every inch should be perfect. If you’re interested in making your smaller kitchen appear – and feel – larger, check out the below tips:

Light colored cabinetry

It’s no secret that lighter colors will give the illusion of more space – that’s why white kitchens are trending right now. If an all-white kitchen just isn’t your thing, consider using softer shades with lots of natural light to visually expand a smaller room. The addition of a subway tile backsplash can help make the space feel wider as well. If you want to add more color, consider adding fun pops of color with accessories that can be easily changed with the season or as trends change.

Create a focal point

If you’re looking to create a space that is a little more fun, you may want to opt for a fun focal point to help draw the eye. One option is to use a patterned or colored backsplash and compliment it with quieter pieces or more neutral cabinets. In a similar vein, you can also work patterned wallpaper into the design of the room if the cabinets and backsplash are more neutral to make a more fun overall look.

Create a clean design

With a smaller space it is essential to use every inch of the kitchen to its advantage. Starting with a simple, more minimal design will help give the room a clean, uncluttered and larger appearance.

Be smart

When considering all the other kitchen must haves (not including cabinets, flooring and countertops), it is important to think smart to help maximize space and storage. Some things to consider:

  • Put the sink on the angle to give more counterspace for prep work.

  • If there is space, create an island to extend a counter in the shape of an “L.” This will provide more countertop space for prep work and more storage underneath.

  • Consider using compact appliances such as drawer dishwashers to help maximize storage while still giving you the appliances you desire.


Smaller kitchens tend to mean less storage. When designing the remodeled space, really think about how you will be using it and what storage options are best for you and your family. If you have the height, try bringing the cabinets up to the ceiling to add more storage for lesser used kitchen tools. Alternatively, you can add decorative baskets if you have space between your cabinets and ceiling. While adding storage is certainly important, it is also vital to consider the storage options within the cabinets. For example, if your kitchen is an “L” or “U” shape, you likely have corner cabinets. Install blind corner shelving in these cabinets to ensure you can store items here and see what’s inside. Another thing to consider is whether you want to install drawers or roll out trays. Each has their benefits with drawers better serving larger items such as cookware and trays better serving smaller items. No matter what you decide, it is important to take the time to determine what options will serve you best in the finished space.

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