Small Space Kitchen Tips

Space designed by Creative Space Architectural Design Ltd.,
Space designed by Creative Space Architectural Design Ltd.,

No Space? No Problem! Here’s a step-by-step plan on how to make a small kitchen look and feel larger.

1. REPAINT. A simple coat of paint, like a bright white or a light grey will freshen up a kitchen. Adding pops of colour, will distract from the small space. Remember, light and bright.

2. CREATE A FOCAL WALL. Add wallpaper (a vertical stripe gives height) or even tile a wall that’s in a direct sight-line.

3. THE BACKSPLASH. Using mirror or glass subway tile with under-cabinet lighting, will eliminate dark spaces under upper cabinets. Mirror is very on-trend.

4. TILING. Depending on the tile on your kitchen floor, you may want to change it out. Ideal floor tiles for small spaces are rectangular in shape and larger-than average tile.

5. FOCUS ON FUNCTION NOT APPLIANCE. Create a low impact layout making sure that your tools crucial to working in your kitchen are within a proper working triangle.

6. LOOK UP AND THINK UP. Maximizing vertical space is the best way to reduce clutter and increase storage.

7. IF YOUR KITCHEN HAS SOLID WOOD CABINET DOORS, you may want to create glass inserts or change out the doors to glass cabinet doors. Another option is open
shelving. This will help visually open up the room.

8. PAINTING THE CABINETS and walls the same colour allows for a complete flow.

9. REMEMBER THAT SLEEK, clean and tailored all help to achieve an overall look that will please everyone entering your kitchen.

10. FLOOD YOUR SPACE with as much light as possible. Dark rooms become claustrophobic and uncomfortable. Lighten up that small kitchen and you’ll never want to leave.

As Seen In: Canadian Home Trends Magazine Fall 2014

Written by Luc Crawford

Luc Crawford

Luc Crawford is the principal and founder of Luc Crawford Design Inc. which has been selected as the best interior Design firm in Ottawa for the past three years. He has been involved in a variety of projects, from the development of corporate designs to high end residential and hospitality. Crawford also brings his combined training and experience in architecture and furniture design to a new generation of designers as a College professor at Algonquin College and a Judge for the Greater Ottawa Home Builder’s Association.

One thought on “Small Space Kitchen Tips

  1. One of the biggest problems I’ve had in the past is coping with limited counter space. So for me, one of the keys to a successful small kitchen is intelligent use of storage. In this way I can keep the surfaces as clear as possible, and hence not only make the kitchen feel larger but also help me to enjoy cooking more in a small space.

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