Just because your kitchen is small doesn’t mean it can’t look fabulous. Start by decluttering your kitchen since it gives you a blank space upon which you can decorate to your heart’s content. Think about which themes inspire you the most and narrow the list down to one beautiful theme for your small kitchen. Look through home decor magazines and see which styles you might like. Here are additional ways to upgrade your small kitchen and have fun with your home improvement project.
Go Light on the Paint Colors
The goal is to make a small kitchen appear spacious, so in this case, you want to stay away from dark colored paints. Instead, you want to use white or pastel colored paints for the walls. Visit the local paint stores and request palettes to get an idea of what certain colours would like on your kitchen walls.
Pendant Lights Work Well in Small Kitchens
Instead of using bulky recessed lighting or chandeliers for a small kitchen, pendant lighting might be better. You can hang two or three medium sized ones over your kitchen island and there are diverse styles of pendant lights to choose from. For example, if you have a bohemian style kitchen, some farmhouse pendant lights might work for you.
Consider Glass Top Cabinets
If you want to give a small kitchen that sleek and contemporary look, upper glass cabinets are excellent for this. These cabinets are easy to clean, and they make it easier for you to see and find pantry items you use each day. Frosted glass cabinets, in particular, are nice for small kitchens.
Purchase Smaller Appliances
If you live alone and have a small kitchen, small appliances can be used. Portable refrigerators, medium sized convection ovens or microwaves, and toasters can reduce clutter in the kitchen.
Use a Tile Backsplash
Tile backsplashes are fabulous for small kitchens, and there are so many to choose from. Mirror backsplash resembles mirrors and add a classy touch to your small kitchen. There are also the diagonal patterned tiles, and these work well for a country themed small kitchens. Herringbone tile backsplashes are becoming more popular, and some people like to use beautiful mosaic tile backsplashes.
Install Over the Range Microwave
Small kitchens can have more space and functionality when you install an over the range microwave in it. There are so many designs to choose from, and you can pick a colour that goes best with your kitchen’s theme. When choosing an over the range microwave, it is important to measure the space where you’ll install it so that the microwave will fit just right. You should also consider the features that offer the best functionality for you. You might want a microwave with a defrost feature or with buttons that are designed to cook certain foods such as popcorn or a baked potato.
Accessorize the Kitchen
You don’t want to clutter your kitchen with knick knacks, but accessories complement a small kitchen well. Caliber West Renovations has the saying: “Function over beauty. Function and beauty when they work well together.” You can place colored mason jars on top of your refrigerator and fill them with your most important pantry staples such as rice, beans and sugar. Or you can put a huge ceramic vase in the middle of your dinette table in the kitchen.
Have Fun With Patterned Wallpaper
If your small kitchen doesn’t accommodate a new paint job, a low-cost alternative would be to use patterned wallpaper along the kitchen walls. For example, bold colored or neutral toned paisley wallpaper is a cool option if you’re going to a cottage themed small kitchen. Black and white striped wall paper adds a sophisticated look if your kitchen has an urban classy theme.
Get to the Art of It
Small kitchens benefit from pieces of quirky artwork that speak to how you view your kitchen. You might hang up a piece that has a funny poem about what life is like for a homemaker. Or you might decide on a homemade paper collage that is made up of recipes you collected from the local newspaper over the years.
Use Plate and Cup Racks
Another cool way to decorate a small kitchen is to install a plate and up rack or shelf on the wall. This gives you easier access to the plates and cups you use the most, and this adds inexpensive decor to your small kitchen. Wrought iron, copper or brass tracks all make for excellent flair in a small kitchen.
Corner Drawers for Efficient Storage
Make better use of your kitchen’s corners by turning them into corner drawers. Corner drawers can be used to store utensils, small containers of coffee creamers, dishrags, spices and restaurant menus you use to order food on days when you don’t want to cook.
Colorful Area Rugs
Kiss drab goodbye in your small kitchen with one or two colorful area rugs. Area rugs help the kitchen look beautiful, but they serve as a way to collect food and debris that often fall on the floor during cooking and eating. These rugs are also inexpensive and can be found at most discount home decor stores.
Make Wall Space Vertical
Another thing you can do is use your wall space and make it vertical. Install decorative wall sconces to provide adequate lighting in the kitchen, or you can install shelving for your food prep essentials such as a chef’s knife, wooden spoons, whisks, and spatulas.
Use Fun Themes
You can also incorporate fun themes into your small kitchen’s decor. Some neat ideas include 50s diner style, bohemian minimalist style, Parisian style or even country western theme. Consider your personality and influences when choosing a theme.In conclusion, small kitchens don’t have to be boring. With these tips, you will have a kitchen that looks fabulous and organized. Be sure not to have too much clutter in the kitchen and use a variety of storage options to keep the pantry organized. Flea markets and thrift stores especially have affordable decorative items that make the kitchen appear cozy and quirky.