Ivonne Caillauda. Kitchen Decorating. January 05th , 2018.
With small kitchen layouts, it‘s not how much space you have; it‘s what you do with it. From a narrow galley-style to an eat-in kitchen, here are design solutions for configuring your small kitchen for maximum efficiency and style.
Not committed to a broad stroke of dramatic color? Then infuse color and pattern through window treatments, a room-anchoring rug, or upholstery in a built-in banquette. Both basics work to soften the kitchen and are a reflection of your personal design style, be it casual or formal, classic or modern. During the decorating process, remember to look up and assess your lighting situation. Although recessed and under-cabinet lights leave the smallest footprint in a small kitchen, a pair of pendant lamps above the center island or a trendy drum shade above the built-in breakfast nook will give the kitchen a finished look.
The days when your choices for appliance design were "stainless steel and more stainless steel" are long gone. Now, retailers and online specialty outlets carry a range of small appliances in bold colors and unique designs, with bright yellows and greens, reds, oranges and blues particularly common sights in contemporary homes. Because of their low profile, accessories like these in bold colors can pair with just about any kitchen style, from traditional to modern. For the more adventurous homeowner, large appliances are also available in a range of bold, retro colors and styles—ranges and refrigerators in bright reds, fuchsia and other playful colors aren‘t wholly uncommon.
Paint is the fastest (and often cheapest!) way to dramatically change a room. But for families who want to have some fun with their kitchen decor, decorative painting is the way to go. These can be in an array of distinct art styles, with the common theme threaded throughout. This way modern, classical and even DIY styles can be featured on one wall, combining to create a diverse and interesting design.
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