The kitchen is the heart of a home, a sacred space for cooking delicious food that nourishes the soul and brings loved ones together. For those who cherish this room as their haven, a lack of space can be an issue. But you don’t have to move to a new house or knock down walls to have your dream kitchen. Here are several renovation tips and ideas for stretching the look and feel of your kitchen.
But First, Plan a Budget
Painting a picture of your brand-new kitchen is the exciting part. Considering the necessary costs, however, is the unglamorous requirement of a kitchen renovation project. Mike Otto, owner/CEO of Fair & Square Remodeling and Angie’s List contributing expert, lends a small kitchen remodel cost guide, starting with determining specifications and defining parameters.
So how much does a small kitchen remodel cost? It depends, of course. But Otto’s kitchen remodeling price breakdown provides general estimates on what to expect when planning a budget and meeting with a contractor. Refer to this resource to help prioritize which of the renovations to make below.
1. Replace Closed Cabinets
Create an open, airy feel by replacing traditionally closed cabinets with wall shelving. Simple shelf installations eliminate the bulkiness that comes with cabinetry. However, keep in mind the impact of “height,” as installing shelves as high as you can draws the eye to the ceiling. Try to minimize décor, too.
Personal touches can add warmth to the space, but also clutter your kitchen if overdone. With that in mind, only choose to expose your kitchen goods and items if you can maintain neat and tidy shelves. If you do prefer cabinets, go for light-colored ones or glass-front doors.
2. Invest in Sleek Appliances and Countertops
On the DIY Network, the National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends outfitting your kitchen with sleek appliances. A stainless-steel refrigerator and oven, for example, offers the same effect as mirrors, which create the illusion of a more generous space. Matching upgraded appliances with white, glossy countertops (like marble, quartz or granite) will achieve even more openness.
3. Reflect Light with a Backsplash
Another reflective tactic to add the allure of roominess is installing a new backsplash. A backsplash is a fun opportunity to be creative and define your kitchen’s personality, from dramatically elegant to old-fashioned retro. But for length, Houzz suggests using colors that blend with your wall and removes any dividing lines that can prevent an opportunity for a vast appearance.
4. Install a Skylight
In a small kitchen, natural light is a luxury. But if window installations aren’t a possibility, open up the ceiling with a skylight. This trick “raises” the ceiling and can help to expand the overall space. Complement the brightness the sunshine provides with a variety of lighting, such as ambient, task, pendant and/or accent light fixtures. Adding some aesthetic flair and mood through lighting (rather than excess cluttered décor) creates a spacious, softened kitchen that’s inviting and lively.
5. Use Color & Patterns to Your Advantage
White may not be the sexiest color for interior design, but it’s the most effective for enlarging a kitchen’s appearance. White removes edges and boundaries that can narrow the space. But keep your white space from being too sterile by mixing in variations of white or pops of color, yet in a cohesive, low-contrast color scheme.
Contrarily, old, dark colors are known to shrink and overwhelm an area. Thus, pairing your palette with patterns can also create expansion. Experts suggest elongated patterns, like geometric flooring and checkered tiles, laid diagonally to make the floor look longer.
The size of your kitchen doesn’t have to define the space. With a more creative perspective and the right renovation project, you can enhance the look and feel of your kitchen seemingly overnight. Take on one of these renovations or go for an entire overhaul to transform your kitchen into your most beloved spot in the home.