We dream of spacious and stylish kitchens with big windows and efficient islands, with a breakfast nook at the corner and a skylight on the ceiling.
However, even if we are not gifted with a huge kitchen, it doesn't mean that we cannot transform it into the kitchen of our dreams. Being the heart of the home, the kitchen has to be well-organised and pretty, no matter how small.
"Getting your kitchen to reach its full potential starts by looking beyond what it is to what it could be. List-and rank-your priorities. Then let those priorities guide your makeover and inspire clever ways to work them in. Remember it's not the size of the room that matters, but what you can do with it. Even in a small kitchen, you can do a lot," say the editors of Small Kitchen Solutions by Better Homes and Gardens.
Here are makeover ideas that can add pizzazz and panache to your current or future kitchen:
1. Consider open shelving
"Keep the kitchen light and airy by lining a wall with open shelves instead of upper cabinets. Display special-occasion dishes on top shelves and everyday items on lower ones," says Samantha Thorpe, author of 100 Decorating Ideas: Big Style for Small Rooms.
2. Use the walls for extra storage
Make this space extra hardworking-hang your pots, utensils, knives, and other kitchen implements on your wall.
3. White works wonders in the kitchen
"In a small house white makes everything look cleaner and larger, it's optical. Avoid dark colours unless you specifically want to create a dramatic focal point," says designer Wendy Furman.
Install glossy-white laminate cabinets or shelves and drawers, opt for white subway tiles, or make use of white marble countertop. To keep it from looking too sterile, use several shades and textures of white.
4. Enhance the design of your floor
"If the kitchen isn't large, use only a few colours so as not to overwhelm the room. You can use a checkerboard floor to make the room eye-catching," says Thorpe.
5. Spice the space up with colour
Even if your kitchen is done up in an all-white motif, you can still add pops of colour to make it livelier.
Bright yellow cabinets? Orange backsplash? Pastel green fridge? No problem!
6. Beautify the backsplash
"Create an eye-catching focal point without dropping a lot of cash by lining the wall behind the cooktop with decorative tile," Thorpe says.
7. Personalise the kitchen
Make it fun, happy, quintessentially you. Display your DIY projects, inspiring typography, chalkboard lists, photos, and other personal collections.
Tip: Just make sure you don't clutter your counter.