Oh, the joys of a small kitchen! We’ve all been there (and some of us are still there)! Small kitchens are particularly frustrating. When you have a small living space, you can opt for a compact couch or remove an armchair. What are you going to do in a small kitchen — take out the stove or fridge? Believe it or not, you have more options than you think!
Today we explore the wacky world of the compact kitchen. If you have one, don’t think you’re alone. In fact, many a chic big-city dwelling is equipped with a small kitchen out of necessity. But there are many things you can do to make sure this space is both functional and stylish. Even if you’re not planning a remodel! Check out our small space kitchen tips below…
Keep Counter Space Clean
We’re starting with the basics. When it comes to kitchens, organization is key. The more clutter on display, the more claustrophobic the space will feel. We know that kitchens are fun to decorate. But resist the temptation to fill the counter tops with purely decorative items. Instead, have your decor pull double duty. Pick a few small containers that you love, and fill them with practical tools and utensils. Or let a modern tea kettle make a statement, as shown in the image below. [from Michael Kelley Photography via Houzz]
Another option is to limit decorative items to the shelves. That way, the counter tops are free for food preparation, but your favorite items can still be on display. The next image features a kitchen that showcases decor on the windowsill, leaving surfaces free for items such as pots and fruit. [from Aidan Design via Houzz]
Utilize Wall Space for Storage
Let’s be honest…Sometimes there’s just not room to keep everything behind closed doors! If you have limited cabinet space, you will find that it is quickly filled. Try using the walls for extra storage. The kitchen below makes use of wall-mounted pot, knife and spice racks! [from Frisson via Houzz]