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Kitchen Addition Tips

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While the living room is often home showcase – where you officially receive and formally entertain guests – there is no doubt that the kitchen is the heart of the home. This is where meals are prepared lovingly, where family and friends prefer to "hang out" during more informal gatherings, and the area where daily activities usually take place.

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If truth be told, the kitchen is the real center of a home. Having a large kitchen is often a big plus, as it is easier to create a beautiful workspace and overall design for a large area, but it can be a little more challenging when you have very little space to work with. Creating a fantastic design with limited space requires creativity; and if you have a kitchen remodeling project focused, not only do you want to make the room more aesthetically pleasing, but you also want your project to add to your home value. Below are some tips on kitchen design for small spaces to get started and get your creative juices flowing.

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Use every square meter

A beautiful kitchen is both functional and spic and span, with everything in place. Limited space means you have to use every square meter without creating a messy look. Decide which items you use most often – these will need special space on your countertops – while less frequently used items can be stored in drawers and cabinets.

Once you have removed the items that can be stored out of sight, you will need to "find" small pockets of space for the kitchen utensils that you use on a more regular basis. You will be amazed at how much space a small kitchen really has, as long as you know where to look. For example, the small space next to the fridge can be used to add an extraction cabinet where you can store canned goods and dry goods. Drive your upper cabinets all the way to the ceiling, to create useful storage space and avoid the dead space on top of cabinets that tend to get messy with knick-knacks or themed decor. The fake drawer in front of the kitchen counter can be turned into a leaning drawer for sponges and other cleaning items.

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Use light and reflection to your advantage

Sometimes the problem with a small kitchen is that it often occupies a cramped, enclosed area. Ask your contractor if it is possible to remove a wall to open it. If not, you may be able to use mirrors, natural sunlight or specially placed lamps to make your kitchen appear larger than it really is.

Use contrasting colors

Contrasting colors make your kitchen look more interesting. It will also make your guests focus on the design rather than the limited space.

Make the corners more useful

Corners are normally wasted space. But if you install rotating corner cabinets or pull out shelves, you will be able to use that space profitably and reduce clutter.

Use benches instead of chairs when possible

Chairs take up a lot of space. Benches not only look good, but also provide more functionality. You can also use that space under the bench for additional storage.

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Open shelves versus hanging cabinets

Hanging cabinets look good, but they take up a lot of space. They can make a small kitchen look even smaller. On the other hand, open shelves give the illusion of greater space. Just make sure not to overload the shelves so they don't look too busy or messy and don't become a nightmare to wipe off and clean.

Creativity is the key to creating breathtaking kitchen design without limited space. Walking around your kitchen to identify useful space is sure to bring out your creative side, but consult with your designer or contractor to come up with designs that best suit your needs. It is amazing what a designer with the right education and knowledge of new cabinet technology can do with even the smallest kitchen kitchen.

About the author

Gerry Roth is the owner and president of G. M. Roth. Apart from continuing to contribute his skills, experiences and knowledge to the company he founded almost 30 years ago, he finds time to write. His articles and blog posts provide homeowners and customers with useful home remodeling information to help them increase the value of their own homes.

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