It seems counter-intuitive, but larger floor tile makes your small kitchen appear larger. And since the light you get in your kitchen is as much reflected light as it is direct light, you can increase a small kitchen's light intensity by using brighter-colored wood species for the cabinetry and neutral tones for the counters, as well as for the wall paint.
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.
Remodeling your kitchen is the perfect opportunity to create a design that’s based on your individual needs. Focus on who will be using the kitchen most and how many people will be working in the space at one time. You’ll want to ensure you have room to work and move around as needed, so consider the work triangle in your new layout. You’ll also want to think about a dining area, how often you entertain, and what a kitchen with guests would look like. Our team of kitchen designers can develop a variety of options to ensure your new kitchen perfectly fits your lifestyle.
The kitchen of this home needed to have character like the rest of this vintage home so designers added bright, bold colors and mixed shiny, smooth textures with vintage favorites. The bright blue backsplash was one of the flashy, glamorous pieces and by mixing that with more traditional cabinets, the space gets a touch of the old world and the new.
Fabric impresario John Robshaw's Connecticut country house is quaint and colorful. Just because the kitchen is petite doesn't mean it is any less full of life. The kitchen’s settee is by Richard Wrightman, the sink fittings are by Newport Brass, the ceiling lights are by Restoration Hardware, the countertops are marble, and the custom dhurrie is by Robshaw. The walls are painted in Rose Quartz and the cabinetry in Starry Night, both by Benjamin Moore.
As seen on HGTV's House Hunters Renovation, homeowners Dax and Ashley Rohrer remodeled the entire interior of the home in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, installing hardwood flooring throughout, and opening up the kitchen to the dining area and living room by removing a low wall. Concrete countertops provide a simple surface that contrasts well with the olive green tile backsplash, and a farmhouse sink and lots of cabinets add functionality. (after)
Pendants lights are a great idea—but in a small kitchen, keep these lights light and airy (believe it or not, it is possible to weigh down your kitchen with large, heavy pendants). These Koshi wood and chrome pendants from AXO Lighting are a prime example of how to effectively use pendant lights in a small space. The lights are wrapped in dark wenge finish bamboo lampshades for a fresher feeling.
With thousands of online home listings at your fingertips, it’s easy to compare your home to the latest and greatest in kitchen trends. But that doesn’t mean that every buyer is expecting a brand-new kitchen. If you don’t want to go through the headache, time and expense of a minor or major kitchen remodel and there’s nothing functionally wrong with your kitchen, selling without remodeling first might be your best bet.
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.
Sure, galley-style kitchens lack counter space, but you can make up for it by thinking of the space in stations: an area to prep, an area for stovetop cooking, and so on. Then you can make dinner assembly-line style. This one designed by Brady Tolbert for Emily Henderson manages to make room for everything (those ceiling-high cabinets help) while also packing a lot of style punch with monochrome graphic touches.
For avid cooks, seasoned hosts, and busy families alike, the kitchen is the center of daily life—and a place where both beauty and function are more important than ever. We’ve compiled everything you need to know about renovating your kitchen to make it the best it can be, from from finding the right contractor to choosing floor tiles and hardware finishes. We reached out to the experts to get their industry secrets, discovered the best shopping sources for kitchen products, and gathered our favorite design ideas from the AD archives, from modern black countertops to family-friendly islands and breakfast nooks. Our renovation guide has you covered, whether you’re planning a total kitchen remodel, on the lookout for new luxury appliances, or just in need of a little inspiration for your dream space.
You don't have a lot of spaces to adorn in a small kitchen. So when they are available, adorn these spaces to be sumptuous. The backsplash is the perfect place to start since a fancy treatment here will liven up the entire kitchen. A small kitchen backsplash is not a lot of square footage, so if you want lavish limestone, glistening glass mosaic, or antique tin tile in the backsplash, chances are good that your budget can support it.
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.
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.
Major remodels involve a larger overhaul of the existing kitchen than minor remodels. Key fixtures—lighting, appliances and flooring—are replaced with new versions, while extra touches are added such as a high-end sink with matching faucet and semi-custom cabinetry. Semi-custom cabinets are customizable, with versatile sizing and door front options.
If you’re thinking about updating appliances or adding new ones, a kitchen remodel is the perfect time to do so, as your cabinet design will be built around your appliance specs. New appliances can give your kitchen a fresh look, but it’s important to choose the right appliances for your needs. If you don’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen, standard appliances might be sufficient. If you enjoy cooking, baking and entertaining, top-of-the-line appliances may be essential.
"The kitchen is another example of applying real design ingenuity to small dimensions," Refinery29 founder Christine Barberich says of her Brooklyn Heights space. "My husband found the best appliances he could that were all smaller in scale, so nothing felt out of proportion. I love the XO relief tiles that create the white backsplash. They’re just fun because you might not notice the pattern until you’re up close. We had the concrete countertop made in Bay Ridge by this three-generation family of concrete designers. We loved the idea of having this major industrial moment right in the middle of the apartment and it really does serve as an entertaining area, workspace for cooking, or flower arranging. It’s unexpected in its brutalist vibe against the white backdrop and softer, colored details."
Tiny kitchens can feel claustrophobic when overhead cabinets are towering over your head in tight spaces. Many cooks can’t reach what’s in them (and there’s not a lot of room for a step stool or ladder), and the overall feeling is boxy and closed in. If you can get organized enough, trade the top cupboards for open storage. Consider shelving, pot racks, and magnetic knife or spice holders instead. Not only will your kitchen look more spacious, it’s a great way to show off your favorite dishes or shiny pots and pans — even artwork.
Remodeling your kitchen is a great investment for any homeowner. In addition to creating a beautiful, functional place to cook delicious meals, entertain guests, and spend family time, a kitchen remodel offers a high return rate in the real estate market. Such a large project does require careful planning to ensure its affordability, since certain factors like the amount of labor, the kitchen's size and the chosen materials can greatly affect the overall cost.