Spaced out: Top design tips for small kitchens

While the kitchen is often regarded as the center of the home, not every house or apartment is blessed with unlimited room for cooking meals and storing food. Here are some design advice to maximize style and efficiency in a small kitchen.

Colored cabinets

Brightly colored cabinets and similarly vibrant décor placed strategically can grab attention and move the line of sight around the room, giving the viewer the illusion of space in a small area.

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Multi-tasking island

A kitchen island that is outfitted with multiple features, such as a countertop for prepping and chopping, cabinets underneath for storage, and space for seated dining, maximizes the use of an area with a modest size.

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A big window breaks up a wall view and lets natural light shine through. This works volumes in giving the illusion of space to a small room.

Sliding surfaces
Kitchen design expert Frank LaMark favors ready-to-assemble cabinets and islands that can be further customized to suit a kitchen owner’s needs. An innovative custom feature on the kitchen island is a pull-out table or surface on casters that slides out for dining and slides back in after use.

Bold color and texture choices for the kitchen backsplash add depth to the kitchen wall and expand the appearance of a small room.

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Frank LaMark, cabinetry and kitchen design professional, is president of, an online retailer of ready-to-assemble, custom kitchen cabinets to customers in US and Canada. His blogs and updates on kitchen design and cabinetry may be found here.


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