Your kitchen is one of the most used areas in your home, but when you’re working with a smaller space it can feel like your options for design and storage are limited. Here are some tips to maximize the space you have and bring a fresh design to your kitchen remodel.
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Utilize Vertical Space

Vertical space is often overlooked but is the biggest opportunity for maximizing your kitchen capacity. There are plenty of ways to utilize this vertical real estate. Cabinets that extend to your ceiling can accommodate infrequently used appliances, dishes, or cookwear. If you prefer a more visually appealing option, floating shelves above your cabinets can display your cookbooks, vases, or decorative dishware.

Vertical space can also be useful for items that get used often. Unconventional storage options allow you to maximize the space on your walls and on the underside of cabinets. Here are just a few ideas for utilizing your upward space:

  • Hanging Pot Racks
  • Magnetic Knife Base
  • Customizable Peg Boards
  • Hooks for Chopping Blocks

There are so many possibilities for your vertical space when you start to get creative with practical finishes.

Custom Cabinetry

There are many benefits to investing in custom cabinetry, even more so when you are working with limited space. Think about your family’s personal needs when it comes time to decide on what features may work best for you. Features such as built-in wine racks, trash cans, lazy susans, spice shelves, appliances, and pull-out shelves can help minimize space taken up in other areas of your kitchen.

Similar customizations can be made to your kitchen island. Built-in cabinets, shelves, and appliances can utilize what would otherwise be dead space. Cyclone Contracting experts can help you identify areas of opportunities that work best for your kitchen layout when deciding on what cabinetry design to move forward with.

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Keep Colors Light

While not necessarily maximizing space, utilizing lighter colors throughout your kitchen can create the illusion of a larger space. Light and bright walls are more reflective, making a space feel open and airy. Dark shades tend to absorb light, making rooms feel smaller. While it’s okay to use pops of deeper colors for boldness, staying on the brighter side will completely change the feel of your kitchen.

Open Concept

Designing your kitchen remodel with an open concept in mind also helps with the illusion of a larger space. Similar to the idea of keeping colors light, an open layout allows for more natural light to fill your kitchen, as well as creates a more seamless flow between spaces in your home.

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Creative Storage Solutions

Taking advantage of every square inch of your kitchen can be difficult. Thankfully, there are so many creative storage solutions on the market right now. Using mug storage shelf attachments, stackable bins, or pan dividers are a few of the many options that can help foster a functional and practical kitchen.

Let Us Help

Cyclone has been helping Ames and Ankeny area homeowners make the most of their remodel projects for over 25 years. Whether your space is big or small, our licensed contractors aim to create a stress-free experience while fulfilling your design needs. Contact us today to schedule an in-home consultation.