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Is cooking in limited space a challenge? Get ready to remodel your kitchen

By Karien Jones, Guest Author

"The main problem was my small and compact kitchen area. You can get loads of attractive and sophisticated art work done for a large sized kitchen. But getting one for a small kitchen like mine seemed challenging. Contrary to my belief, I was pleasantly surprised to find numerous choices. Once again, I could boast of my skills (which actually were inspirations from those I found on the internet) in front of my apparently vulnerable husband."

After several attempts to negotiate for a kitchen remodeling, I eventually succeeded in preparing my husband. I was relaxed and patted myself of my newly found tact. But the relief was only momentary! Shortly thereafter, I was asked to prepare a plan and work on the design which my new kitchen should have (obviously by none other than my husband). I was confused and uncertain which way to go. One of my old friends, who hardly reveal any culinary etiquette, suggested that I should search for ideas on the internet. Moreover, I am quite aware of my sluggish habits of pondering over any of those refined Kitchen interiors' magazines. The idea clicked!

The main problem was my small and compact kitchen area. You can get loads of attractive and sophisticated art work done for a large sized kitchen. But getting one for a small kitchen like mine seemed challenging. Contrary to my belief, I was pleasantly surprised to find numerous choices. Once again, I could boast of my skills (which actually were inspirations from those I found on the internet) in front of my apparently vulnerable husband.

When you plan a remodel, the budget size is very crucial. If you are equipped with fine planning and the correct tools, your work becomes easier. Since you have to be very particular about the compact area, it is better to indulge in models which allow multitasking.

If you can hang or combine multiple items, you will be better utilizing the kitchen area. It is a good option to fit cabinets against the ceiling. Free standing cabinets would obstruct the floor area. Wherever feasible, combine items to work in a consolidated way. For instance, your microwave may replace a toaster oven, giving you the privilege of having some other equipment in the kitchen. Replacing your standalone oven with in-wall one can be another option. Using cook tops also saves your area.

The major kitchen appliances can give a unique appeal to your kitchen. If you can select your major appliances early on in the design process, you can manipulate the cabinet plans accordingly. The slide out cutting board is a nice option. Having a compact and slim model refrigerator is an added advantage. You can mount your dishwasher under a suitable cabinet. The rolling dishwasher may be bulky for a small kitchen.

Cabinets are integral to your kitchen. You can choose from any of the diversified forms -contemporary, eclectic, traditional or rustic. You can also get a customized one. Since space is the issue, you may want to get enough number of cabinets, drawers and closet spaces. Demarcating between the frequently used items and the lesser used ones enables you to conserve space.

Your kitchen should be sufficiently lighted. Good light is also useful when cooking. Careful selection of the color can differentiate between a dull kitchen and the lighted one. The overhead panel lighting or the ones hanging beneath the cabinets are among the ones you may want to opt for. When doing your lighting design, ensure the different light sources work together to provide an overall balance.

Selecting a suitable and stylish counter top gives the requisite appeal to your kitchen. Get one which is soothing and easy to maintain. The counter tops can give the right impression to your kitchen. You can also get a kitchen backsplash. The most obvious benefit is the way in which it can boost the overall design of the kitchen. Furthermore, it also protects from splashes of water or food debris spoiling your new decoration. Get corner sinks to utilize the space which would otherwise be wasted. You may use folding or sliding door instead of the hinged door which blocks the whole kitchen when opened.

The kitchen flooring is also an essential component of the entire structure. If you use your kitchen on a regular basis, be particular about the type of flooring you choose. Get the flooring as per the compatibility with the rest of your home decor. Choices are varied, from the natural stone to many wood species, to engineered products, to tile and vinyl, etc. Choose a good color scheme for your kitchen which matches the interiors of your home. White and cool colors give a feel of spacious kitchen.

It may apparently seem difficult, but reduce your list to the minimum of essentials you want in your kitchen. This works greatly in accommodating in a small sized kitchen. Though you have to be clever and calculated in designing your small kitchen, managing it is easy. The compact kitchen can be designed to give you an extended work area. You would certainly want the place, where you invent some of your best recipes, to be a chosen one for all the family members.



About the author:

Karien is a blogger by profession and learning about interior designing. She frequently writes on home decor ideas. These days she is planning to write about home energy management which is really taking her in.  ...read more from Karien Jones on The Practical Vegetarian  BACK TO TOP