Category : SMALL KITCHEN BIG IDEAS
SO you found a house that you love but because our San Diego prices can be daunting sometimes you have to “tighten” up that wish list when house hunting. Here are a few tricks that can help a buyer achieve more space literally using “smoke and mirrors” (neither term that I like to use for a kitchen).
This should be common sense but sometimes its easier hearing it from another source. Think LIGHT! Light colors just open up a space. There are a billion colors of “white”. There use to be one “Navajo White”. No more! So if you are thinking of painting the cabinets a trendy “grey” just go a Dunn Edwards store (or just about any paint department) and they can recommend paint for cabinets. Paint for walls, Paint for ceilings. Don’t look at 100000 color swatches. Let someone help you decide! Dunn Edwards in Del Mar is usually not that crowded and are happy to help. Plus they have list of painters they recommend.
Back splashes are also amazing these days. No longer do you have to pick up ONE tile at a time and pray it all turns out. They literally come in STRIPS that you can hold up to your wall and decide if you like the look before you glue it down. Then grout. And there’s a LOT of grout options! Pick a bold design which will give the room focus point it would have had before. You can literally buy a few strips and then decide. If you are handy you can actually do it yourself. I personally hire a professional handyman to be on the safe side. I LOVE back splashes!
Shelving is wonderful! Is there room above the stove? Are your cabinets low enough so you can hang shelves above them? Is there some wall space for shelving unit? Then put some of your loved possessions with bright colors to give that kitchen sparkle and shine! Painting the shelves bright white also adds “pop” to small space.If possible remove some cabinet doors. Paint the inside of the cabinets and leave open or go to a glass store and take cabinet doors. See how these can be altered to fit in some glass inserts.
Pot racks are great. Some people don’t like them but I love to cook and show off the wares! You can even do restaurant shelving like the photo above and with large hooks use the sides and back of the shelving to hang pots and accessories.
Small kitchens can have their very own feel. Let your imagination run wild!