How to sell your home and make a faster, more profitable sale
How do you decorate a small kitchen to make it look bigger?
The following small kitchen decorating ideas will help your tiny space show better and sell for more money on the real estate market when it's time to sell your house.
Many buyers base their home buying decision on the condition of the kitchen, so having an amazing kitchen is crucial.
Unfortunately, many of us lack that spacious kitchen that will blow home buyers away.
Having a small kitchen is a disadvantage when trying to compete in the market place.
Because tiny kitchens often look cramped and uncomfortable, many buyers will walk away no matter how great the rest of the house may be.
Luckily, there are plenty of small kitchen decorating ideas that can help visually expand a cramped space, create storage solutions and make your kitchen more inviting to buyers.
Keep reading for home staging tips and tricks that will help sell your home fast and for more money!
Color is one of the keys to successful decorating— it can work magic by "visually" expanding or shrinking space and raising or lowering ceilings.
Having a basic knowledge of color theory will guide you to make better color choices.
Most people respond positively to light, neutral colors, because they have an expansive effect.
You will often find appealing dining or powder rooms painted in dark 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 you are trying to sell your home.
Your goal is to make your home appeal to the largest number of home buyers possible.
When light hits uneven textural surfaces, varying degrees of shades of the same color will add interest and life to the room. Be sure not to overwhelm a small kitchen with too much pattern.
You can apply pattern and texture in window treatments, with accessories, chair cushions, flooring, area rugs or light fixtures.
Vertical stripes on the walls or backsplash can elongate or heighten a small room.
Swathing an entire kitchen in white will create a uninterrupted space without breaks of color contrast to stop the eye.
This home design tactic tricks you into thinking a space is larger than it is. Abrupt shifts from dark to light will trip the eye.
Punctuate an all white space with a few spots of color using kitchen accessories, artwork, fresh cut flowers or live greens.
One of the best small kitchen decorating ideas is employing a monochromatic, or low-contrast color scheme. Monochromatic and monotone color schemes are the most successful color palette for small room design. This style will create harmony, visual cohesion and a sense of relaxation.
This style combines varying shades, tints, tones and textures of one color. Any color can be used, but for home staging purposes, neutrals like white, beige, tan or gray work best.
Swapping out upper kitchen cabinet doors with glass will add depth to your kitchen.
Your eye will be pulled into the cabinets and to the back, making your kitchen appear larger by extending sight lines all the way to the wall.
Avoid using dark colored or opaque glass and be sure to 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 the visual weight of heavy cabinetry and adds depth by allowing your eye to travel all the way to the wall.
Floating shelves are the most effective style of shelving for home staging, because they take up less visual space than those with heavy corbels or ugly brackets.
A great home staging design tip is to decorate shelves with objects the same color as the wall. The objects will seemingly blend into the background.
When accessorizing open shelving, allow plenty of space around objects. This creates breathing room, which translates to that open, airy feeling.
Focus on staging shelves 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 the dark? Cooking in a small kitchen can be dangerous too!
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 make a small space feel roomier. Widening a door frame will increase the sense of space. Or, replace a regular door with a pocket door.
Don't scatter a bunch of small rugs around a tiny kitchen. It'll look cluttered and choppy.
Create a long path for the eye to glide along without interruption by placing a long striped runner on the floor.
Horizontal stipes can "visually" widen or lengthen a room. Remember the warning about wearing horizontal stripes? That works for floors too!
Light colored flooring will open up a small kitchen. Dark floors seem to shrink the size of a room.
To avoid abrupt color changes, link adjacent spaces with the same kind of flooring, or at least try to match the colors if floors are made of different materials.
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 often be bulky, ugly, and take up a lot of visual space. If you're planning to replace your range hood, choose a streamlined or see-through model that takes up very little space.
Or better yet, do away with the need for a range hood by installing a cook top with a built-in downdraft system.
Of all the small kitchen decorating ideas, removing clutter is number one! If you don't do anything else, at least do this.
Removing everything from the countertops will instantly make a small kitchen look larger. If you have viewers coming over, remove ALL but your prettiest appliance from the counter. That's right... leave only one.
In super tiny kitchens, remove ALL appliances from countertops. Keep one cabinet empty to stash appliances inside when home buyers are expected.
Kitchen clutter often finds it's way to the windowsills and refrigerator tops. Clear it all.
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 obvious, but they're actually very “taste specific” and require constant cleaning. Instead, put up a light colored tile backsplash that'll reflect light.
This is the second most important tip of all small kitchen decorating ideas! Kitchen appliances should ALWAYS MATCH when you're selling your home.
As a former Realtor, I witnessed more than one person disengage after seeing mismatched appliances in a kitchen. Buyers are NOT interested in purchasing new appliances.
Gain a few inches of countertop by installing a 24”cooktop instead of a standard 30-36" one.
No room for a standard-sized fridge? An under-counter model might be the solution.
Make sure that the fridge fits flush with the edge of the kitchen cabinets.
Refrigerators that jut into a room look massive and make your small kitchen look even smaller!
Microwaves can be built into cabinetry or hung underneath. Better yet, go without.
Whatever you do, don't leave a microwave sitting on the counter--it screams, "No room!" and takes up precious counter space. Better yet, pack it up for your new home.
If adding window treatments to a small kitchen, match them to the color of the walls to avoid contrast in the space, or simply go without.
Avoid complicated details, like ruffles, swags and bows.
Use a plain valance, shade or blinds,—aim for a clean contemporary look with maximum natural light coming in.
When accessorizing kitchen countertops, keep it simple and sparse.
Avoid complicated vignettes with too many objects. A simple bowl of lemons or oranges, or one potted plant is enough.
Better yet, keep counters clear.
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