7 Big Ideas for Small Kitchens

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Don't let a small kitchen discourage you from maximizing its potential. Once you get organized, strip down to the essentials, and add a pop of your personal touch, then you'll feel like you're living large in your tiny kitchen. Here are 7 tips we've rounded up to set you on track:

1) Get Organized: Grab some sticker labels or a Sharpie, or both and start labeling your shelves, pantry items, and more. That way, you'll know where to reach when you need that pastry cutter.

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2) Go Bare: Bare all and proudly display your china and cooking equipment. Open shelving helps create an airy vibe.

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3) Create Consistency: Pare down and curate your collection of dishes, pots, and pans and appliances to a consistent theme. A set of kitchenware made by the same manufacturer or with the same finish can look tidy and minimalist.

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4) Edit: Don't be afraid to cut the things you don't need. Evaluate what you have used in the past year and whether the amount fits your lifestyle. For example, do you really need a 14-cup food processor when you're only cooking for two? Do you need 8 sets of table linens when you don't entertain that often?

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5) Lighten up: Dark rooms can seem smaller. Let in natural light, or use ambient lighting overhead. If you use a prep area regularly, make sure it's well lit. Recessed lighting underneath your cabinets can also brighten up your room.

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6) Know When to Fold: A small folding table can act as an island or double as seating. When it's not in use, it can be folded up so you've got more room to move around.

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7) Use Color: Keep some white walls in your kitchen to create a more open feeling, but don't be afraid to add bursts of color to create a happy space.

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