The kitchen is the heart of many homes. It’s the place where you prepare meals and a typical place to socialize. Kitchens come in all shapes, sizes, and styles of decor. Some kitchens are on the smaller side, meaning that you have to get more creative with using your space. Here are some tips for maximizing and making the most of a small kitchen.

Go Up

Since you have less floor space in a small kitchen, go “up” when thinking of where to store things. That is, install shelves, racks and other storage pieces on which to place pots, pans, plates and more. Think of how you can use wall space as storage.

Color Strategically

Darker colors can make spaces seem smaller and more cramped. Thus, in small kitchens, it’s best to decorate with neutral colors for kitchen countertops, cabinets, rugs, and curtains. If you’re renting or don’t have the money to change counters and cabinets, you can still use light colors for the items that you can control like decorative things. Also, keep decorative items to a minimum to make space seem larger.

Minimize Clutter

Because you have less space in a small kitchen, you need to cut down on the amount of stuff you have. Keep counters clear of anything but the essential items. Store appliances like your blender and crock pot in a cabinet or on a shelf. Only have essential items that you really use in your kitchen. This will not only make you feel less crowded into the kitchen but will also give the illusion of having more space than you do.

Whether your small kitchen is in an apartment, single-family home or tiny home, there are ways to make the most of less space and enjoy it just as much as you would a huge gourmet kitchen. Use these ideas to your advantage, and fall in love with your kitchen all over again. While making the most of a small kitchen is nice, sometimes the kitchen just needs a new and fresh look. If you’re ready to remodel your kitchen and give it an update, contact the team at Ward Stone Group today!