SPACE-SAVING TRICKS FOR SMALL KITCHENS
To create efficiencies in a small kitchen, focus on three key areas: storage, lighting and appliances. For the most spacious look, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recommends designing more unique storage solutions, mixing natural and ambient lighting, taking advantage of space-saving appliances - and as with any room design - adding personalized touches to make the space your own.
Take a good look around your kitchen. Are you using the space the best way you can? The first thing you should do is take a sweep through the kitchen and clear out anything you really don't need.
Storage in a small kitchen is more important than the size of the space itself. To increase efficiency, store your cooking utensils and oven mitts near the stove. Plates should be placed in an adjacent area to grab platters for serving. Your food should be stored in another area altogether.
Many companies are devising products specifically for small kitchens. Dacor's Millennia® Microwave In-A-Drawer™ provides enhanced ergonomics and convenience in an unconventional location. Perfect for kitchens where space is a concern, the Microwave In-A-Drawer can be installed under a counter or even under a wall oven to optimize space without sacrificing performance. Dacor also offers an under-counter refrigeration system with the Epicure® Beverage Center, which keeps both beverages and fresh foods cool and is a perfect space saver or additional cold food storage unit when a large refrigerator is not an option.
Use interior design tricks and give your kitchen a bright, airy feel by installing plenty of lighting to create the illusion of more space. Lighting installed under cabinets is a great way to add more light without taking up any valuable space. Additionally, you can maximize any natural light available by keeping the curtains back and the blinds up. Lighter-colored walls and countertops will also make the room feel more open.
Here are a few other space-saving tips for your kitchen that will help transform the space into an inviting room worthy of your next culinary materpiece:
Hang mirrors to give the illusion of more space
Work upwards; stack cabinetry and make the most of ceiling height
Mount appliances, such as a can opener or CD player/stereo, under cabinets or save even more counter space with a wall-mounted flat screen television
Use hanging racks to suspend pots and pans from the ceiling to save room in cabinets
Replace wooden cabinets with light-colored cabinets that have glass doors to add to the illusion of openness and space
Install deeper counters to accommodate more appliances and increase work areas
A well-designed kitchen has minimal clutter and maximum efficiency. Whether you're redecorating or totally remodeling, there are ways to maximize the space you have to make your kitchen suit your everyday needs seamlessly.
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