Many people complain about small kitchens but tiny
spaces aren't always to be dreaded. If you're selling your home and your
kitchen is, well, compact, know that you can find ways to achieve big appeal
with a little creativity.
- Bring in the light. Sometimes small kitchens can be dark, making
them feel even smaller. But if you remove the curtains from any windows in
your small kitchen, it'll let light in and open up the area. Instead of
curtains, you can use small blinds that are recessed inside the frame of
the window. These are easy to clean and still provide some privacy even
when the blinds are open.
- De-Clutter the counter tops and the walls. Most people have a tendency to let kitchen
clutter build up on the counter tops and walls. Removing items from the
counters, kitchen table, and even off the walls will make the space feel
bigger. Yes, I know these items on the counters are useful but when you're
selling your home, a little inconvenience may help you receive a higher
offer and you'll probably agree, that's worth it! Take the appliances and
either store them in the kitchen cabinets or, if there isn't enough room,
pack them up. You're moving soon, anyway.
Clearing off photos and miscellaneous papers that are stuck on your refrigerator door or kitchen walls will also help make your kitchen look bigger. If you're tight for space, mounted storage units can be added to your kitchen walls to free up limited counter-top space. But again, too many storage units, even the decorative kind, will give people a feeling like the walls are closing in on them. The same goes for hanging pot racks from the ceiling. Be sure to leave some open wall space and to use storage units that aren't completely solid. The open units, if the shelves aren't stuffed, will give a less closed-in feeling.
- Opt for lighter and brighter wall colour. Going with lighter colours tends to open up a
room. Light and bright colours are also very inviting and friendly, making
them a perfect choice for the kitchen. You can use a darker accent trim to
create some contrast. You can also use decorations including floral
arrangements or even some colourful kitchen appliances to add spice to the
- Wall-mounted appliances and reduced
counter-top depth. Wall-mounted or
under-the-cabinets-mounted appliances can save valuable kitchen
counter-top space. You might even have a way to wall-mount your kitchen
faucet. In one small home design, the faucet was mounted to the wall,
creating a very distinctive look. The counter-top was a standard 24 inches
deep but elsewhere the counter-top was reduced just slightly down to 21
inches–very subtle and hardly noticeable but it allowed more floor space
in a tiny kitchen.
Small kitchens don't have to be an eyesore. Some even prefer less space because there's less to clean. If you know the audience you're marketing your home to, you can play up the home's best features–including, perhaps, a small, quaint, and simple kitchen.
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