Applying small kitchen decorating ideas will help it to show better on the real estate market.
Many buyers base their home buying decision on the size, style and condition of the kitchen, so having a fantastic kitchen is definitely a bonus. Unfortunately, many of us lack that gorgeous kitchen that will blow home buyers away.
A small kitchen is definitely a disadvantage when trying to compete in the market place. Because tiny kitchens can look cramped and uncomfortable to work in, many buyers will walk away no matter how great the rest of the house may be.
Interior designers say that the eye travels more quickly through a small space, so it's important to keep it moving as long as possible. Eliminating things that stop the flow of the eye; clutter, contrasts in color, dark window treatments, etc., will help with this.
No matter, there are plenty of home staging tips and small kitchen decorating ideas that can help visually expand the space, create storage solutions, and make your kitchen more inviting to buyers.
Color is one of the keys to successful decorating— it can work magic by visually expanding or shrinking space and raising or lowering ceilings.
Knowing a few basic rules of color theory will guide you to make good choices with your small kitchen decorating ideas.
Most people respond positively to light neutral colors. We have all seen successful powder and dining rooms in dark paint colors-- this is to make them appear cozy and intimate. But, since dark colors don't appeal to everyone, this isn't the best choice when selling your home.
Your goal is to make your home appeal to the largest number of home buyers possible.
Introducing pattern and texture will bring life and movement to a small kitchen.
Texture adds interest when light hits the uneven surfaces, bringing varying degrees of lights and darks of the same color.
Don't overwhelm a small kitchen with too much pattern!
Add pattern and texture to your small kitchen in the window treatments, accessories, chair cushions, flooring, area rugs or lighting fixtures. Not all at once, though!
Vertical stripes on the walls or backsplash can elongate and bring movement to a room.
Horizontal stripes on the walls or backsplash can visually raise a low ceiling.
When using a monochromatic color scheme, select a monochromatic print of the same color.
Swathing an entire kitchen in white will create a uninterrupted space without breaks of color contrast that prevent the eye from moving on.
This home design tactic tricks you into thinking the space is larger than it is. Abrupt shifts from dark to light will trip the eye.
An all white room can often be too intense. Punctuate the small space with spots of color using, kitchen accessories, artwork, fresh cut flowers or live greens.
A monochromatic, or low-contrast color scheme, is the most successful color palette for small room designs. This style will create harmony, visual cohesion and a sense of relaxation.
This home decor style combines varying shades of one color in different shades, tints, tones and textures. Any color can be used, but stick to neutrals, like whites, beiges, tans and grays.
Many people may yawn at the idea of a room that is designed around one color, but by incorporating variations in tones, textures, and accessorizing with glass, metals, objects from nature, greenery, etc., you can create a feeling of spaciousness and sophistication.
By swapping out some (or all) of the upper kitchen cabinet doors and with glass, you'll be lightening up the cabinets and creating extra depth in your kitchen.
Your eye will be pulled into the cabinets and to the back, making your kitchen appear more expansive by extending sight lines. Avoid using dark colored glass and keep the interiors nicely staged.
Some small kitchen decorating ideas may include sacrificing a few upper cabinets and installing open shelving in their place.
Open shelving reduces visual weight and adds extra depth by allowing your eye to travel all the way to the wall.
Floating shelves are the most effective shelf style for home staging, because they take up less visual space than those with heavy corbels or ugly brackets.
A great home staging tip is to decorate shelving with objects the same color as the wall.
When accessorizing open shelves, keep plenty of space around objects. This creates breathing room, which translates to that open, airy feeling. Focus on staging with a few standout accessories, rather then a collection of small objects, which can look cluttered.
A kitchen with insufficient lighting is a depressing place to be. Who wants to cook in a dark gloomy space?
Dark corners and shadowy recesses along the countertops will strain your eyes and make your kitchen seem smaller. A kitchen should have a good mix of natural, task and ambient lighting.
Remove or open up a section of a wall separating the kitchen from an adjoining room. It won't increase the size of the kitchen, but will bring in more light and extend sight lines.
Simply removing a door can feel more roomy. Or, replace a regular door with a pocket door.
Remove a door and widen the door frame to increase the sense of space.
Avoid scattering small rugs around a tiny kitchen. It'll look cluttered and chopped up.
Create a long path that the eye can glide along without interruption by painting wide horizontal stripes, oversized diamonds, or other elongated geometric patterns on the floor. This'll have the effect of visually widening the room. I don’t recommend painting the hardwood floors before selling your house, though, unless the color change is very subtle.
An alternative to painting stripes is to place a long striped runner on the floor. Remember the warning about wearing horizontal stripes? That works for floors too!
Light colored flooring will open up a small kitchen. Kitchen cabinets, walls, and floor in similar colors work in conjunction to visually enlarge a small space.
To avoid abrupt color changes, link adjacent spaces with the same flooring, or at least the same color if floors are made of different materials.
Use white or another pale color on a low ceiling to visually raise the space above.
Drawing the eye vertically can make a room appear taller than it really is. If you have a low ceiling in your small kitchen, there are a few tricks you can employ to fool the eye.
Range hoods can be bulky and take up a lot of visual space. If you're planning on replacing your range hood, choose a streamlined or see-through model that takes up very little space.
Or, do away with the need for a range hood by installing a cooktop with built-in downdraft system.
Removing everything from the kitchen countertops can instantly make your kitchen look larger! If you have viewers coming over, remove all but your prettiest appliance from the counter.
In super tiny kitchens, remove ALL appliances from the countertops. Keep one cabinet empty to quickly stash appliances inside when buyers are expected.
Countertops aren’t the only recipients of overcrowding. Windowsills, refridgerators and upper cabinet tops are also recepticals for clutter.
Remove bulky butcher block knife holders from countertops.
Reflective surfaces, like glass tile backsplash, stainless steel, sleek cabinets and shiny hardwood floors will illuminate your kitchen by amplifying natural and artificial light.
A mirrored backsplash may seem like a “no-brainer,” but they're actually very “taste specific” and require constant cleaning. Instead, put up a light colored tiled backsplash that'll reflect light and increase the feeling of openness in the space.
Kitchen appliances should always match when you're selling your home. These days, you can find kitchen appliances that will accommodate any size kitchen.
Gain a few inches of countertop by installing a 24” cooktop instead of a standard 30-36” one.
You don't have room for a standard fridge? An under-counter model might be the solution.
Make sure that the fridge fits flush with the kitchen cabinets. An overly large fridge that juts out into the room looks awkward and overwhelming.
Microwaves can be built into cabinetry or hung underneath. Please don't leave a microwave sitting on the counter--it screams, "No room!" and takes up precious counter space.
Kitchen fixtures should be simple and compact in a small kitchen. For small sinks, install an articulated faucet that bends out of the way to make room for large pots and pans. Or, mount faucets on the wall instead of on the sink area to provide more countertop space.
If adding window treatments to a small kitchen, keep them the same color as the walls to avoid contrast in the space, or simply go without.
Avoid complicated details, like ruffles, swags and bows in your windows. Use valances or shades, or blinds—aim for a clean contemporary look and maximum natural light.
When accessorizing kitchen countertops, keep it simple and sparse. Avoid complicated vignettes with too many objects.
Display a live plant, vase of flowers, or a bowl of brightly colored fruit on the countertop.
During holidays, fill bowls with pomegranates or mandarin oranges.
Fill a wire basket with natural colored eggs, or arrange a cluster of grapes to flow gracefully over the edge of your favorite bowl.
Create a tempting vignette using elegant bottles of oil and vinegrettes in varying shapes and sizes on the counter top next to a small breadboard, bread knife, and a loaf of bread.
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