20 Decor Ideas to Make Your Tiny Kitchen Feel Huge
You don’t have to have a state-of-the-art range and vast expanses of counter space to perfect your culinary skills, fellow homemakers. More counter space is at the top of everyone’s wish lists when it come to kitchens, but if you stick to the necessities, carefully choose your color palette and get creative with your storage, you’ll have a well-designed kitchen that practically begs you to start cooking. Here are 20 ideas to make the tiniest of kitchens into a space you’ll love spending time in without doing any major renovation.
2. Bring Company to You: Lots of kitchens are completely closed off from the rest of the house, making them feel separate and lonely. Change that by adding some seating to yours and you can be assured guests would rather be hanging in the kitchen with the cook. (via Apartment Therapy)
3. Add an Island: If your tiny kitchen is L-shaped or along one wall, adding an island — even a little one — can be a great way to include extra counter space, dining and maybe even a home office. (via The Glitter Guide)
4. Find a Place for Everything: When everything has its own place and can be tucked away, you’ll be amazed at how much more spacious the kitchen feels. We’ve got lots of great colorful kitchen storage DIYs to help you get there. (via Domino)
5. Pattern Play: Colorful floors are such a fun way to bring some character into your kitchen. If you don’t want to replace the flooring or can’t paint, lay down some big rugs for color and texture. (via Remodelista)
6. Go Bold: Unless you’re renting and can’t paint anything, have fun with color. Try painting just the top cabinets to draw the viewer’s eye up and away from how small your kitchen actually is. (via Apartment Therapy)
10. Colorful Counters: If the rest of your kitchen is feeling a little stark, give it a pop of color with turquoise countertops. Stick to the nautical color palette and show off some blue and green glassware on the shelves. (via DecorPad)
11. Stick to the Essentials: Unless you’re an elite pastry chef, you probably don’t need every kitchen gadget under the sun. Stick to the bare necessities and streamline your kitchen with only the things you use on a regular basis. (via Adorable Home)
14. Stick to a Theme: A mishmash of clutter will make your kitchen feel instantly more cramped, so try sticking with things that match. A set of all-white plates will disappear against a white wall and a collection of appliances in the same finish will look neat and tidy. (via Smitten Studio)
15. Let in the Light: All too often, small kitchens can be dark and gloomy. Ditch the curtains to let in as much natural light as possible. If your cabinets are shadowing the countertops, try installing lights under the cabinets to brighten up your workspace. (via Design Sponge)
16. Add Color: Yes, white walls can make a space feel bigger, but who wants a boring kitchen? Pops of color are a must for showing off your personality, whether it’s an accent wall, painted cabinets, colorful appliances or a unique tiled backsplash. (via My Paradissi)
17. Use Mulitpurpose Furniture: Make your furniture do double duty and opt for a folding table that can work as an island when you’re cooking and then fold out into a table for entertaining. (via Domaine Home)
18. Consider Both Sides: Even if you don’t have a pantry, you can double your storage and organization by putting a magnet board or corkboard on the inside of your cabinets for spices and notes. (via Buzzfeed)
20. Texture Play: Whether you have a patterned rug, funky lighting or baskets for storage, texture is a good way to add extra visual interest when you don’t have a lot of space to work with. (via Remodelista)
Do you have a small kitchen? What are your tricks for making the most of your space? Talk to us in the comments below!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!