Ask any real estate agent and they will tell you “kitchens and bathrooms sell houses”, that is one of the reasons that a kitchen remodel is among the most popular renovations done to a home. If you’re an apartment dweller or live in a small urban condo renovating your kitchen is made more complicated by its size. Smaller kitchens limit your choices when it comes to selecting materials, but if you get a little creative, you can still have the kitchen of your dreams in a small space.
Here are some tips for making your small kitchen renovation turn out perfectly.
#1. Choose open cupboards
You’re going to spend roughly a third of your renovation budget on your kitchen cabinets so make sure they work with your room. Too many cabinets in too small space make the room feel claustrophobic, but at the same time, you can’t reduce the number of cupboards because you need the space. Open cupboards make a small kitchen work. The make the room airier and you can also use them as a decorative feature. Talk with the contractor you’ve hired; this is not the first small kitchen they’ve worked with, and they can offer some helpful advice about which styles work best.
#2. Add an island
Most kitchens don’t have near enough counter space, and an island can add additional workspace. However, the island will only work in the small kitchen if you have opted for a minimalist designs scheme. Choose a light coloured countertop for the island, preferably white or very close to it and leave the bottom open so it doesn’t feel as though it is taking up precious space.
#3. Work with lighting to create more space
Good lighting can work wonders in transforming your small space to make it feel roomier. Again this is where your kitchen remodelling contractor can offer up some suggestions. Try using incandescent lighting underneath the wall cupboards; it’s far warmer than the harsh fluorescent lighting usually found there. If you have a kitchen, some hanging light over the table makes the ceiling feel taller.
#4. Work with colour
Use colour strategically; a single brightly coloured accent feature will help the kitchen look bigger. It attracts your attention and gives you the illusion that the surrounding space is larger than it is. Your accent colour doesn’t have to be in the centre of the room, you can use a colourful backsplash on the wall above the sink, use a few smaller accent pieces that blend and complete the room.
#5. Install high-quality flooring
One of the perks of having a small kitchen is that you need less material so you can select some higher end finishes. The floor is one place where you should spend the money. Choose a checkered pattern; it can expand the space, and it’s eye-catching.
Renovating a small kitchen comes with its challenges, you often find yourself wishing your area was bigger or looking for inspiration, here’s a video to help with some ideas for renovating your kitchen.