5_Kitchen_Remodel_Ideas_for_Small_KitchensRemodeling a small kitchen doesn’t have to be a challenge.

If you own a small kitchen, odds are your space is far more efficient than most. Less room requires greater efficiency, and renovating a tiny kitchen can be quite fun. Homeowners are only limited by their imagination, but if you’re looking for some remodeling ideas for your small kitchen, here are five to get your creative juices flowing.

One: Utilize Your Vertical Space

If you’ve got room in your kitchen remodeling budget, opt for custom cabinets that reach the ceiling. Standard cabinets leave “dead space,” which is fine if you’re working in a spacious room, but amounts to waste if you’ve got a small kitchen. If ceiling-high cabinets aren’t for you, think of other ways to utilize that above-the-cabinet space for storage or organization to ensure you use every inch of space in your kitchen.

Two: Don’t Skip on Organizational Features

Small kitchens often lack a pantry or a place to store trash and recycling bins. Cabinet manufactures have many organizational options that can help you utilize space for these purposes. With the right slide-out features you can fit an entire pantry into two cupboards and you can tuck your waste receptacles into a cabinet next to your sink. These “hidden” features are functional and keep the kitchen clutter-free.

Three: Step into the Light

Dark cabinets, dark flooring and dark backsplash can make a small space look even smaller. Opt for light colors and bright finishes to catch the light and make the room appear larger and more airy than it actually is. You might also consider non-traditional touches such as mirrored cabinet doors or open shelving instead of cabinets to create the illusion of a bigger room.

Be sure to work closely with your designer to choose light fixtures that will illuminate the room without taking up too much space. Recessed lighting and hidden, under-cabinet lights can fill a small kitchen with light without the blueish glow that comes with traditional fluorescent lighting. Well-placed pendants add visual flair and help light your food in an appealing, appetizing manner.

Four: Mix Your Materials

Don’t fall into the trap of sticking to tradition. Be adventurous, and mix materials, colors and textures in a way that makes the room pop and guides the eye through the room, creating the illusion of a bigger space. Do be aware that mixing can be tricky for the average layperson, and you will likely want to solicit the advice of a professional designer to choose materials that complement, rather than clash.

Five: Choose Bold Flooring

The right flooring can make a big splash in a small room. Consider a checkerboard linoleum pattern, which will save money. Or take advantage of the fact that your room is small and splurge on a high-end material like marble or a sustainable material like cork. Don’t be afraid to go bold with your floor, most people look down the minute they walk into a kitchen, so give them something appealing to look at. Remember, this ain’t your grandma’s galley kitchen.

If you want to generate truly unique and innovative ideas for a small kitchen remodel, partner with a professional designer who will work closely with you to help you create a functional centerpiece for your home, no matter how tiny it may be. If you are ready to update your kitchen, contact the team at Legacy Remodeling in Pittsburgh today.