The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in our homes. It’s where we cook meals, try new recipes, do the dishes and store our many ingredients and appliances. If you have a smaller kitchen, you may find it’s harder to get things done, but there are ways to best utilize your space and make your kitchen seem far less cramped and crowded.
More Shelves, Please
Tired of trying to figure out how to fit everything back into the drawers and cupboards? Are all your utensils, bowls and countertop knick-knacks getting in the way when preparing a meal? Shelves are the perfect solution! Adding shelves to your kitchen walls and/or above your cupboards will you give more space to play with and make your kitchen feel less crowded. Open shelves also let you conveniently access your kitchen tools and are far less bulky than cabinets!
Hang Up Your Items
Pots and pans take up a lot of cabinet space, but you won’t have to worry about that if you hang them up instead. There are plenty of different pot racks out there that you can choose from and you can hang them anywhere, including the ceiling, the wall and right below shelves. Pegboards are another option that lets you hang up pots, pans and other utensils right on your wall. Plus, you’ll never have to wonder where you put them because they’ll be in plain sight!
Bigger doesn’t always mean better, and chances are some of your larger appliances are taking up to much valuable kitchen space. Instead of going for that giant, shiny coffee maker, look around to see if there is a more compact one that still meets your needs. You may also want to go through some of your items and see what you don’t really use anymore. There’s no need for it to sit there on your countertop gathering dust!
Color & Lighting
It’s not just the items in your kitchen that are making the room feel small – dark colors and poor lighting also contribute to the problem. By painting your kitchen a lighter color and by choosing light-colored countertops, you create an airier atmosphere. You should also install extra lighting if you find your kitchen’s current fixtures are insufficient or if you don’t get enough natural lighting.