||New York City
is a city of small spaces. Many city kitchens are
small, and some are set up in ways that aren’t
exactly desirable at first glance. However, there
are many approaches one can take toward updating
a small kitchen space, even if you don’t have
too much space to work with.
Pay attention to the lighting in your kitchen space.
Though many people think a lot about the lighting
in the living room, the lighting in the kitchen
is often overlooked. Smart lighting can add atmosphere
to your kitchen, making it more pleasant and ultimately
New, Fresh Appliances
One way to quickly update the functionality of a
kitchen is to purchase new appliances for the space.
Newer appliances are energy efficient and tend to
have plenty of features that work to make your life
easier. Additionally, new appliances can breathe
new life into a small space by creating a cohesive
look across the kitchen. In a small kitchen, logically
the appliances are going to take up the majority
of the room’s space. Therefore, installing
sleek appliances — such as stainless steel
— can help to create a continuous and neat
look within the kitchen.
Using a built-in oven rather than a freestanding
one, while installing a range in the island or a
countertop, will help to create a look that is less
cluttered. Clutter is one of the biggest issues
in a small kitchen
space. Anything you can do to create sleek lines
that are uncluttered will help to make the kitchen
feel bigger and more functional.
Counter space is the number one thing that a seasoned
cook looks for in a kitchen. In a small kitchen,
you should make work surfaces anywhere where there
aren’t appliances. One design tip that can
really help the small kitchen owner is to design
deeper counters and cabinets, giving you more space
Countertops come in a variety of materials, each
with their own characteristics when it comes to
style and price. On the higher end of the pricing
spectrum, granite, marble, and stainless steel have
long been kitchen favorites. Laminate is a more
budget friendly option, and it’s also highly
customizable — it comes in a range of colors,
making it suitable for many different kitchen spaces.
When you are planning the layout of your small kitchen,
incorporate as much storage as you can. This may
mean really thinking about what needs to be stored
and how you can creatively make use of the space
so that you get the most out of it.
Planning your storage is important, too:
• Store plates
and glasses in a cabinet near the dishwasher, so
it’s easy to put things away.
• Store larger
items such as pans, cookie sheets, and pots in large
slide-out drawers near the stove
Many homeowners also like to create easy storage
for sometimes-used appliances such as the toaster
and mixer. Another popular idea is adding special
storage for loose food items such as onions and