Great Ideas for Small(er) Kitchens

Many homeowners dream of a super spacious kitchen, but when reality dictates otherwise, don’t be daunted. No matter what size, brand new kitchen renovations are your opportunity to have some fun with the space you have, accommodating your needs and making it attractive and functional for years to come.

Easy as 1, 2…3!

kitchen renovationsThink high thoughts. If space is on the tighter side, ask your kitchen renovations specialist to design cabinetry that is oriented more on the vertical than the horizontal. Additionally, if you have the luxury to have 10- or 11-foot ceilings in your kitchen, go for it. This adds some design drama (plus better air circulation) and makes your cooking space feel less cramped.

Are you open about shelving? Open shelving can have two advantages: no cupboards to open and close every time you want to grab a bowl or measuring cup during meal prep, for example, and they can make the kitchen appear larger than it actually is. If you’re not quite ready for completely open shelves, consider light-coloured, attractive glass-paneled cabinet doors to achieve that open, airy look and still let you see what’s where.

The magic of mirrors. Okay, it’s not a new trick, but how many people go for it in the kitchen? A mirrored backsplash, for example, adds real sparkle and the illusion of space. It plays with light and is easy to wipe clean.

More Tips for Compact Kitchen Renovations

  • Mondo monochromatic. Streamlined, colour–coordinated décor makes a surprising visual difference in unifying and opening up a smaller space.
  • Let there be light. Obviously, ample lighting is a must in any good kitchen, especially in frequently used prep areas. But remember that any room that’s too dimly lit will tend to look and feel smaller. Pay special attention to the fixtures you select and where they are placed, in order to maximize proper lighting.
  • Keep it to scale. With smaller kitchen renovations, think on a relative scale overall, with furniture and appliances on the more compact side. The room will “fit together” better, with no behemoth standouts to throw the overall effect out of proportion.

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Doug Kerr - the owner of Kerr ConstructionDoug Kerr is the owner of Kerr Construction in Vancouver. With over 25 years of experience in the renovation and new home construction business, he has developed the Kerr System for designing and building. With this Design/Build system he has helped hundreds of clients achieve their dream homes while also winning multiple national and provincial building and renovations awards. Being a former world-class athlete…” Read more.

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