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How to Remodel a Small Kitchen To Maximize Space

by DecorMatters|Dec 15, 2022

Remodeling a small kitchen can be challenging, but with some planning and creativity, you can create a functional and stylish space that makes the most of the available area. It doesn't matter how big or small your kitchen area is if you have the right small-space solutions and ergonomic design concepts.

Before you start any major kitchen remodeling, take the time to plan out your design carefully. Measure your kitchen and consider how you use the space. Identify areas you want to change, such as the layout, the appliances, and the storage solutions. This move will help you create a cohesive design that makes the most of the space.

Remember that Height Matters

In a small kitchen, it's vital to make use of every available inch of space. Install shelves and racks on the walls to take advantage of vertical storage. This method will free up space on the countertops and in the cabinets.

wooden kitchen design with ladder and white shelves

📸: @nicollettes

Use upper cabinets on top of your range hood to create a cleaner line. Remember to put things you usually don’t use in cabinets or shelves that are harder to reach while placing those you often use in the lower areas.

Clear out the Clutter

In a small kitchen, every inch counts. Thus, removing unnecessary items in your kitchen can free up space. Put utensils, plates, and other kitchen tools inside the shelves and cabinets to create a cleaner look in your kitchen.

pink kitchen backsplash design with kitchen island

📸: @glewbuild

Choose appliances that are compact and designed for small spaces. It could include a small refrigerator, a slim dishwasher, and a compact range.

Add Shelving Inside Cabinets

Consider open shelving since drawers and cabinet organizers are crucial in smaller kitchens. After all, you can store multiple things more efficiently by dividing drawers into compartments.

open shelving kitchen ideas, black kitchen cabinets

📸: @rosesonadelaide

Traditional kitchen cabinets can take up a lot of space, especially in a small kitchen. Replacing some of your cabinets with open shelving will give the illusion of more space and make it easier to access your kitchen items.

Consider a Multi-Functional Kitchen Table

If your kitchen is big enough, consider installing a small kitchen island. This solution can provide extra counter space, storage, and a place to eat or prepare food. Just make sure to choose a size that fits the space and leaves room for movement.

black modern kitchen island design, multifunctional kitchen design


Pick an island that will serve two purposes: you may use it as counter space while preparing supper and then sit at it later.

Add a Single-Bowl Sink

One way to maximize kitchen space using a single bowl sink is to choose a compact, slim design for the sink itself. This will take up less space on the countertop, leaving more room for other kitchen essentials.

Another option is to install the sink in the corner of the kitchen, which can help to save space and make the most of otherwise unused areas.

Work With Light and Dark

Light colors like white, cream, and pale blue can make a small kitchen feel larger. Consider painting the walls, cabinets, and ceiling in a light color to reflect more light and create a spacious feel.

kitchen runner rug, blue and green kitchen colors

📸: @aea_interiors

When using light and dark colors in the kitchen, it's essential to consider the overall design and layout of the space. For a cohesive look, the colors should be balanced and not overpowering. In addition, the use of natural materials, like stone and wood, can add warmth and texture to the kitchen.

Choose Suitable Window Coverings

One option for maximizing kitchen space with window coverings is vertical blinds. These can be easily adjusted to let in as much or as little light as desired, and the vertical orientation of the slats can make a small kitchen space feel larger.

Another option is to select window treatments like roller or roman shades that can be quickly pulled out of the way. These window treatments can be rolled up or folded when unused, freeing up space around the window.

Choose Paint Colors That Make the Kitchen Look Bigger

The key to making a small kitchen feel larger with paint colors is to use light colors, avoid dark colors, and create a cohesive and harmonious color scheme. Following these tips, you can create a spacious, open, and inviting kitchen.

bright open kitchen design, white kitchen interior ideas

📸: @lindseypedey

Remember that a monochromatic color scheme uses variations of the same color throughout the space. This color scheme can create a cohesive and harmonious look that can make a small kitchen feel more open and spacious.

Visualize Your Kitchen Remodel With DecorMatters Today

If you're feeling inspired, the DecorMatters kitchen design app is your go-to tool to plan your kitchen remodel or renovation right at your fingertips. You can visualize kitchen layout ideas, rearrange furniture items in your real room, socialize with other designers, and play fun interior design games. Revamp your small kitchen today in the free DecorMatters app

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