Remodeling A Small Kitchen? Here Are Some Tips For Success

Posted on: 6 January 2023

The square footage of your home is fixed unless you plan to add on with an addition. Since adding to the structure of a home is expensive, most kitchen remodeling projects in small homes require absorbing space from other areas surrounding the kitchen and unique designs.

When planning for your small kitchen remodeling project, consider each of these tips:

Tip: Skip Standalone Islands in Small Kitchen Spaces

If you watch remodeling shows on television, you would think every kitchen should have a massive island. However, those shows typically remodel huge homes with ample space for one. They aren't your home, and their designs won't work. But that's okay!

Instead of taking up all the square footage of a standalone island that you will grow to resent, install an L-shaped countertop. These peninsula-style countertops allow for extra storage cabinets below and plenty of prep space on top. 

You can create an eat-in bar on the backside by placing the peninsula in a strategic location. Add some cute barstools, and you have a fantastic place to eat or for children to do their homework.

Tip: Actively Promote Clutter-Free Countertop Space

When remodeling a smaller kitchen, aim to have as much counter space as possible. You need space to prepare food and drop off all your grocery shopping bags. As a bonus, clutter-free counters will make the room look larger.

One of the best ways to have maximum counter space in a smaller kitchen is to design it so that every small appliance has a place off the counter where they are stored and used. Your residential contractor can accomplish this by installing specialty cabinets and niches for your coffee maker, toaster oven, microwave, and other small appliances you regularly use.

Tip: Use Light Colors in Smaller Kitchens

You may love dark colors and want to paint your new cabinets black for an ultra-modern look. However, you need to be aware that this will make your remodeled kitchen look smaller. As a general rule, light colors make a space look larger, and darker colors make it look smaller. 

While you need some contrast between light and dark, it's important in a smaller kitchen to have most surfaces lighter in color. This will help to open up the space.

Lastly, if you really have your heart set on a black-and-white kitchen, use black as an accent color for open shelves or patterned backsplash tile.

To learn more about tips for residential construction projects, contact a remodeling contractor in your area.