Small kitchen spaces offer unique challenges. Here are a few tips that we have used to help homeowners in our local area (Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, and Crestview and the rest of Okaloosa County). Just a few easy ideas when designing or remodeling their small spaces.
Use as much vertical space as possible. One may opt for smaller stackable cabinets or cabinets that extend to the ceiling to add an illusion of height and character, while at the same time, providing needed storage. If cabinets do not extend to the ceiling, the tops may be used as open shelving for items used infrequently.
Go with natural lighting from large windows or lighter colored cabinets which reflect light to make a small space appear larger.
Keep clutter to a minimum. Use smaller appliance that can be stored away and kept off of the countertop, or mounted to the underside of wall cabinets.
Speaking of storage, it is usually minimal in a small kitchen. Install features like racks or shelves to the backs of pantry or cabinet doors to utilize as much of the available storage area as possible. Consider using tiered shelving in wall cabinets in order to view the contents more easily.
If space is large enough to accommodate a small island use small base or floor cabinets for even more storage area in a small space.
If your home or apartment is transitional from kitchen, to dining, to living area, consider using matching cabinets throughout the space to make the design flow together. Remember that too much detail on cabinet doors can cause a small area to look claustrophobic.
For a dining nook choose a small round table (not less than 30” in diameter) with built in seating. This cozy look makes good use of a small space providing more needed storage and adding room to move around in a tight area.
We hope you find these few suggestions helpful in planning your new kitchen design. If you should need further assistance please reach out to our design crew at 850-306-3328. We serve Fort Walton Beach, Pensacola to Panama City in the Florida Panhandle, and as far north as Dothan and Andalusia and all areas in between around South Alabama.