The kitchen is more than the heart of the home, it's also usually the hub too. People come and go from the house, but not without stopping in the kitchen first. Groups gather, entertaining is done, and heartfelt conversations all happen in this room, no matter the square footage. Remodeling a small kitchen with a company like K Squared Construction comes with a lot of decisions. The most important things to keep in mind are planning, colors, and cabinets.
Planning out the Area
Take time to sit back and notice how everyone uses the kitchen. More specifically, watch what works and what is hardly ever used in the room. A few questions you can start with are:
- Is this space a kitchen and dining room? If so, consider how you can optimize the space without making things too crowded, i.e. knocking down an island.
- What layout allows the traffic to flow naturally through the room?
- Do people use the counter space for sitting and talking? If so, you may want to add or keep chairs in this area.
- What is the main focal point in this room?
Answering these questions will help you decide on a basic floor plan. Use this initial plan to build up the rest of the design.
Neutral and earth-tone colors are a great color scheme for a smaller kitchen because it makes things feel more uniform and complete. If you are looking to make things feel more open and clean, white is a great option. Steer clear of dark colors, including in the cabinets, because they make everything feel smaller and condensed.
Color is also a fun way though to make your kitchen feel more vibrant. Cooler colors make a space feel bigger than hot colors, which close a space. If you add an accent wall, you can try all kinds of fun colors because it is all contained to that one space. Make sure that the rest is fairly neutral though to make this one pop out even more.
Cabinets are one of the biggest parts of a remodel. They set the tone for the room and also require a big portion of the funds. There are several things to consider here:
- Painting or sanding and refinishing cabinets can give them a new life. There are companies who can come and do this for you, if you prefer. This will save a lot of money over having new cabinets built.
- Buy used cabinets. Others who are remodeling their own kitchen will often post their old ones on classified ad websites. If you have a smaller kitchen, you don't need as many and can make a used set work more easily than someone else.
- Compliment cabinets with open shelving to provide more space in a fashionable way.
The most important person to please with your changes is yourself. If you don't love the room, you will feel like you wasted all of your money. Take your time and know what you want and you will find yourself never wanting to leave the kitchen.