It’s tough to work in a tight space when you’re preparing holiday meals – in fact, it’s hard all year.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make your kitchen feel bigger and help you make the most of your small space.
How to Make a Small Kitchen Feel Bigger During the Holidays (and Beyond)
Before you do anything, do some end-of-summer cleaning. Clear out everything you haven’t used in 6 months or longer and choose to donate, sell or store it. Some things that you only use once a year (we’re looking at you, Santa-shaped cookie cutters) don’t belong in the kitchen anyway – they belong in a box, stored with other must-have-but-don’t-use-often supplies.
- Invest in inserts
- Make sure your appliances aren’t too big
- Style without a ton of overwhelming color
Cabinet inserts can let you make the most of your limited space. You can choose pull-out inserts for hard-to-reach cabinets, Lazy Susans, tray dividers for drawers, and over-door storage, which can easily double your space.
If your appliances are outdated, chances are they’re a little clunky – and they’re not going to help you when it’s time to sell your loft or condo in DTLA, either. It might be time to upgrade your appliances (especially your refrigerator) to make sure you have ample storage space without crowding up your kitchen.
A small kitchen isn’t the right place for vibrant paint. In fact, bright colors can be pretty overwhelming when your kitchen is short on space. Try to keep dark colors at the bottom and use lighter colors higher up – it visually heightens the room.
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