6 Tricks to Make Your Small Kitchen Feel Big
6 Tricks to Make Your Small Kitchen Feel Big

6 Tricks to Make Your Small Kitchen Feel Big

Kitchen has become theatre. How so? Guests are so often tempted to hang out in or near the action while dinner is being prepared. If you're lucky enough to be an organized chef, this can be a delight and not a stress factor. But not all kitchens lend themselves to entertaining in real time, especially those that are neither large nor organized. So for those who like to entertain in the kitchen but don't have a big (or organized) footprint for doing so, here are six creative floor-to-ceiling ways to cultivate a sense of space, light, and air around the art in progress, for kitchens of all styles and shapes.

Kitchen with Island and Faucet Roomshot

Clear the floor

If you have an island with barstools, use wall-mounted stools instead. Barstools that flank an island often have legs that extend into the area where others want to walk by—especially when those stools are pulled out and occupied.

Use wall mounted barstools to increase kitchen floor space

Rethink super-size appliances

Appliances can take up too much of the floor footprint and counter space. If you can sacrifice square footage on the interior of the oven, range, dishwasher and refrigerator square footage, this translates into more counter space, and a greater feeling of optionality and openness. The combo microwave/toaster and 30-inch range with two ovens can help toward this end, as can 18-inch dishwashers, 30-inch ranges, and 18-inch column freezers. As for sinks, single bowl styles give maximum space for rinsing food, and washing dishes (not to mention hiding away dirty dishes during the dinner party).

Install smaller appliances to open up a kitchen space

Hang pots from the ceiling

This is the ultimate in functional for the frequent chef, eliminating the need to open drawers or walk across the kitchen to a storage cabinet. And the age-old idea isn't just functional; it also lends opportunity for creativity. Bring nature into your home by screwing hooks to a thick branch hung from the ceiling, or use copper piping for a sense of the polished.

Hang pots from the ceiling

So if your kitchen is your theatre, set the stage well and enjoy the performance. And while you're chopping, searing, and pouring: break a leg!