Along with the above tips, you really need to make hard choices. Or, who knows--sometimes it's an easy choice. Is storage a number one priority? Then you'll need to maximize kitchen cabinets at the cost of appliances. Do you really want a breakfast bar? It's possible, but you may need to sacrifice counter space for cooking to get that breakfast bar. 
But investing thousands of dollars into a full kitchen transformation before listing your home for sale might not be the best investment. Unless your kitchen is extremely dated, dysfunctional or damaged, the odds of you seeing a 100 percent return on investment on a kitchen remodel is rare. However, giving your kitchen a mini face-lift can be enough to compete with other homes on the market without breaking the bank.
The light wood tones and metallic pendant warm up the otherwise cool space in this kitchen designed by Hecker Guthrie. This space also proves that a bistro round bistro table situated over the island makes a classic kitchen layout so much more interesting. And it's even fresher when you paint your bar stools a buoyant shade of mint green hue and hang a copper pendant light overhead.
After you and one of our kitchen designers have selected from all the great products our stores have to offer, don’t forget: The Home Depot’s high-quality contractors can do it for you! While other kitchen remodeling companies in your area may be able to get the job done, our installers and contractors will get the job done right and have the nation’s largest home improvement retailer supporting them every step of the way. Be sure to ask your in-store designer how to take the next step in your kitchen remodel process with our installation services.
It’s difficult to know the exact cost of your remodeling project from the outset. However, you can start thinking about your remodeling budget as early as possible. To help you get started, we’ve included the costs of a typical kitchen remodel. We also share budget benchmarks, breakdowns about kitchen remodeling costs and tips on how to save on renovation costs.
You might want to put in some deliberate design planning if you want to have a successful restaurant kitchen. You may choose to follow a standard construction or sit down with one of our designers to create a customized solution. We will cover all the functional areas of the kitchen including the sinks, countertops, storage cabinets, and cooking appliances.
Since dimensions are diminutive, you may be able to afford a beautiful tumbled marble that can give you a touch of the outdoors. Of course, marble can be really cold and hard underfoot, but the impact may be worth it to you. Or try cork, which is the number one flooring used in industrial kitchens in the United States. You’ll have to make sure it’s properly sealed (water can make it expand), but it’s a beautiful choice. And you can feel smug about using a politically correct "green" flooring.
• Use incandescent lighting (which is more yellowish) underneath the upper cabinets shining down on the countertops. Ceiling incandescent spot lighting, when directed at the cabinetry, will increase the shadowing of the space and give the area greater visual movement through light and dark contrast as opposed to cabinetry simply shown in the cold blue of fluorescent lighting.
The color of walls, appliances, counters, stools — even the dishtowels — can change the atmosphere and perceived size of the kitchen. Pastels or light colors, with good doses of white, reflect light drawing the eyes upward and make the room seem taller. But don't think you have to be a color chicken in a small space. Bold colorations can be very effective in smaller kitchens. How about some Porsche red metal cabinets with celery green walls and a banana-colored concrete countertop? That’ll get your motor started in the morning!
We're really digging the alternating black and gray stained wood cabinets in this deVOL kitchen. The varied tones (plus texture) adds interest to a neutral space. The sandy beige walls keep things neutral but warms thing a little more than a crisp white or super light gray. The shearling chair cover warms up, too, and the interior window creates flow and spreads the light.
There are several elements in your kitchen with storage capabilities. Most homeowners start with their cabinets. If you need new cabinets, now is the time to update storage capacity with drawer inserts, roll-out trays or more shelves. You can also choose a closed cabinet design, a glass face to display the items in the cabinets, or even have open shelving.
It's a visual illusion—tiny floor tiles make your small kitchen feel busy and cramped; large tiles make it feel airier and larger. One reason for this is that with the large tiles, you're reducing the number of grout lines. Go for nothing smaller than standard 12 x 12-inch tiles, but preferably larger. Shown here are 18 x 18-inch Carriage House Straw Sky tiles from American Olean.
After opening up and including the old family room area into kitchen, the new kitchen is almost twice as large as most other homes in the neighborhood. New paint, light colored custom cabinetry, a fireplace, stainless steel appliances, and a contemporary layout with large center island and breakfast nook make this new kitchen the central hub of the home, as seen on HGTV's Buying and Selling.
When estimating the cost of a kitchen remodel, there are various factors to keep in mind. The most important include budget, longevity, and what other homeowners in the neighborhood are doing with their spaces. By planning around these factors, it's possible to come out with results that meet expectations, last for a long time and recoup most of their original cost in the resale.
Sometimes, you just don't have enough space for all the features of a traditional kitchen. In this efficiency apartment that has just one bedroom, one bathroom, and a generalized living/eating area, there wasn't much space for a standard kitchen. Instead, freestanding furniture (from retailers like IKEA) can be used to keep clutter to a minimum. The essential basics are still present, but this "kitchen" blends well with generalized living space by foregoing some of the traditional kitchen features, such as weighty cabinetry.  

Building a budget should be your number one concern when planning a kitchen remodel. It determines how much you can accomplish, the materials available, how much professional help you’ll need, and what the final product will look like, among other aspects. If you don't plan appropriately, there's a good chance that you will find yourself in debt by the end of the project or left with a half-finished space after the funds run out.


It's a visual illusion—tiny floor tiles make your small kitchen feel busy and cramped; large tiles make it feel airier and larger. One reason for this is that with the large tiles, you're reducing the number of grout lines. Go for nothing smaller than standard 12 x 12-inch tiles, but preferably larger. Shown here are 18 x 18-inch Carriage House Straw Sky tiles from American Olean.
Sure, we now know how to increase the visual size of a small kitchen, from layout and design to color. But consider this: When decorating a smaller space I’ve often found it’s not necessary to increase the size of the room through interior design. The reason: by going with the existing architecture of the small area, you can often create a wonderful well-designed cozy space. So instead of using tricks to enlarge the space, maybe you want to embrace it just the way it is. Instead of going light or sleek, maybe you go country cozy. Perhaps you make sure there is a little nook where you can sit with a visitor knee-to-knee. Or choose a dark, rich color that creates a sophisticated feeling — and use accessories that emphasize that look. The kitchen is small, yes; but it sure is sexy.
Since dimensions are diminutive, you may be able to afford a beautiful tumbled marble that can give you a touch of the outdoors. Of course, marble can be really cold and hard underfoot, but the impact may be worth it to you. Or try cork, which is the number one flooring used in industrial kitchens in the United States. You’ll have to make sure it’s properly sealed (water can make it expand), but it’s a beautiful choice. And you can feel smug about using a politically correct "green" flooring.
If a door into the garden is not possible, put a garden in your kitchen. Create an area in front of a sunny window or have a garden window installed. Garden windows extend out, giving you a wide ledge to set plants on and more window area to let the sunlight in. They vary in price from around $800 to $7,000, depending on the size and style. Another good option is a dedicated corner with an AeroGarden.
In the West North Central region (including North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri), a minor kitchen remodel only ranks seventh in terms of ROI. Adding midrange manufactured stone veneer to the home’s exterior has the highest recoup of any upgrade — 82.8 percent — followed by garage door replacement at 82.4 percent.
Face it, in a small space you can’t have a kitchen that is a jack-of-all-trades — accommodating schoolwork, mail, laundry, recipe hunting and cooking duties. Unless you don’t cook at all (in which case, feel free to store your out-of-season clothes in the kitchen cabinets!), the small kitchen’s main chore is meal prep. So focus first on function, making sure you have the appliances and work areas you need. You may be able to save a bit of space by using scaled-down or innovative appliances, including refrigerator and freezer drawers and pint-sized microwaves, stoves (some with just two burners) and single sinks. The function is there, without all the square footage! If workspace is at a premium, consider a small-scale island or a counter-topped cart that can be rolled away into a closet when not in use.

We do not have a preferred concept. We can offer you something that we’ve previously done. We can also work with you to develop a new idea. You can opt-in for a free consultation, where one of our professional designers will analyze the basic requirements and workout out a possible estimate. Our main ambition remains to serve your interests in the most efficient way possible.
We're really digging the alternating black and gray stained wood cabinets in this deVOL kitchen. The varied tones (plus texture) adds interest to a neutral space. The sandy beige walls keep things neutral but warms thing a little more than a crisp white or super light gray. The shearling chair cover warms up, too, and the interior window creates flow and spreads the light.
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