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SMALL KITCHENS, BIG SOLUTIONS

Sometimes we just can’t contain ourselves, or at least the contents of our kitchens.  If you’re someone who’s love for kitchen living  is at odds with an undersized space you’re reading the right blog.  Did you know small kitchens can be a good thing?  For example if you’ve organized efficiently you can work with more efficiency, taking less steps and with less movement than someone doing the same task in more spacious quarters.  That being said, there’s no denying that a few tricks are needed to achieve that high function.  Here’s what I recommend:
 –Maximize the interior storage that you do have.  Even older cabinets can be outfitted with roll out shelves or inserts to help you get into blind corners.  
These roll outs are an old trick that works!
My clients love this blind corner cabinet accessory!
 –Look up.  Do you have unused space above your cabinets?  Although it’s not handy for everyday it could be a great place for what I call “remote storage”.  Get those Halloween decorations up and out of the way to free up the prime real estate in your kitchen.  How about using some interesting containers to add a little visual interest over your cabinets while you’re at it?  Remember, remote storage doesn’t even have to be in the kitchen at all but wherever you have a bit of room.
Baskets above cabinets look great and hold a lot! Check out those open shelves. Photo by designfabulous.com
Focus on the function.  If you have a small kitchen you have to pick a focus and approach everything towards that purpose.  If it’s for cooking then anything not related to cooking must be gone.  Sorry but that means the junk drawer, your bills (who wants to look at those anyway?), your meds and whatever else that doesn’t fit your main purpose.
Clear the decks.  If you have limited counter space think about what you can put away or up in a cabinet.  A general rule of thumb is if you don’t use it everyday put it away.
Open shelves are also great for items you use daily, or almost daily.  They make items easy to find and reach.  Dust is not a worry if you’re using these items all the time.  Open shelving also creates a more open spacious feeling.
See the light.  White is IN (and never really goes out of style in the kitchen.)  Use it along with cleverly placed mirrors and lots of lighting.
If you have a tiny dining area in your tiny kitchen make sure you’re using armless chairs.  Clear lucite is back and it’s a great modern furniture choice that practically disappears!  Last but not least, add a dramatic hanging light fixture to draw the eye up. 
It’s small and complete. Photo by ApartmentTherapy
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Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.

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