design tips for small kitchens

Interior Design Trends – Small Kitchen Remodeling Tips

As the most popular room in most homes, kitchens are often the most important space for a homeowner during a remodel. With so many appliances to consider, remodeling a small kitchen presents some unique challenges to you as a designer. Yet, reimagining these small, high-traffic, heavily used spaces has become one of the more frequent interior design trends today.Cooking up a small kitchen design that results in a space as delicious as the meals prepared within it is not easy but, with some examples of successful small kitchen remodels from HGTV.com, we would like to offer a few ideas that will make your mouth water and your taste buds tingle.

Outdated Kitchen Before Remodel

outdated kitchen design

These homeowners realized they needed to take action on their kitchen when the 70s called and asked them to send it back. Though not the smallest kitchen we’ve seen, the outdated look and feel caused by the dark wood and blue walls made the space seem smaller than it actually was and reduced the full use of the space available.

Outdated Kitchen After Remodel – WOW!

open kitchen design

open kitchen design

After a makeover from HGTV's Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines, this kitchen feels far larger, even with the addition of a center island. By removing the wall between the kitchen and the dining room, the entire home feels more open. The original cabinets were painted white for a fresh look that also reflects light and the new appliances add a serious touch of class.

Rental Property Kitchen Before Remodel

small kitchen remodeling tips

small kitchen remodeling tips

OK, now the 60s are calling! It’s tough to generate decent income on a rental property when the kitchen is not only small, but dank, dark, and as unappealing as this one was before a makeover. The ugly vinyl flooring and dark cabinetry created multiple opportunities for reimagining and improving this space.

Rental Property Kitchen Reimagined

basement kitchen remodel

basement kitchen remodel

A basement apartment can be a tough sell in the best of times, because of the tendency for them to feel confining and a bit claustrophobic. Here though, and without adding a single square foot of new space, this room feels far more spacious with white upper cabinets, attractive wood flooring, and contemporary appliances. By keeping the cabinets light on top, the entire space feels more open, airy, and user-friendly.

Small Kitchen Rehab Required

kitchen rehab project

kitchen rehab project

Back to the future, much? Poor design plus a lack of care by the owner turned this space into a disaster. While this little kitchen had good bones and great potential, the water damage that warped the lower cabinets had made half the small space unusable.

Kitchen Rehab Works Wonders

beautiful small kitchen design

beautiful small kitchen design

Welcome home, Marty… It’s a whole new world! Host Nicole Curtis of HGTV's Rehab Addict was able to save the space with new hardwood flooring and gorgeous marble countertops. The new-look feels more spacious and is definitely more functional with brand new lower cabinets with a fresh coat of white paint.As an interior designer, walking into poorly designed and outdated kitchens like the ones above can seem daunting. Yet, the chance for you to show off your creativity and talent is also obvious and impossible to resist.As small kitchen remodeling projects continue to be one of the hot interior design trends as homeowners continue to downsize, a sharp interior designer will be ready to get to work and cook up some hot and tasty ideas to meet the challenge.Looking for more new design trends, marketing tips, new products and furnishing ideas? Get in touch with TD Fall today.

Interior Design Tips - How to Make a Small Kitchen Feel Larger

As we’ve noted many times before, for most, the kitchen is the most popular room in the house, whether for the family or for entertaining. As we’ve also noted, however, millennials are the driving force in home sales today, and many of them are buying in urban areas where home are smaller – including the kitchen.Entertaining or congregating in such a small space can be problematic, which makes this article from Houzz.com so timely, 12 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look and Feel Bigger.Long the universally accepted color for this space, white kitchens became a thing of the past some 25 years ago. Now though, white cabinets and walls can be used to add to the illusion of more space than exists.White kitchens seem larger (White Hamptons Style from BlogLovin.com)white kitchens feel largerWhile cabinet depth is generally accepted as 24 inches, most manufacturers offer alternatives: 12” and 15” cabinetry. Especially in lower cabinets, this may be a great way to add a few square feet to the available space in an urban kitchen.Install shallow kitchen cabinetry (Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford)shallow cabinets save spaceWhile many homeowners love to add fancy hardware to the cabinets in their home, for those who seek more space in their kitchen, removing the hardware altogether makes for fewer items to bump into or catch on clothing. Using cabinet doors with touch-activated latches or integrated reach-in pulls reinforces the clean lines of your new kitchen, which subtly helps it appear bigger.Try cabinets without the usual hardware (ThrivingHomeBlog.com)cabinets without hardwareDouble sinks in the kitchen have long been the standard. For those seeking more countertop space, however, installing a single sink makes a great deal of sense.Single sinks save counter space (TypesofKitchenSinks.com)single kitchen sinkPanel-ready appliances (usually fridges and dishwashers) are designed to be able to receive a door front of your choosing so they can blend into the look of your kitchen cabinets. The resulting look is more fluid, which creates an overall larger, airier appearance.Install panel appliances (DecorPad.com)panel appliances kitchenIronic as it may seem, the place where we store so many of our fattening favorites is available in a “Skinny” size. In fact, refrigerators are available in a stunning array of sizes and taking advantage of this fact when trying to save space in a kitchen is a great idea.Try a skinny fridge (BlogLovin.com)skinny fridgeWhile these are but half of the ideas offered in the Houzz article, they should be enough to get you started thinking outside the box when it comes to trying to make your client’s small kitchen feel larger. If these are not enough, feel free to check out the article, using the link above.Looking for more new design trends, marketing tips, and ideas? Get in touch with TD Fall today.