From breakfast to dinner, the kitchen is the busiest room in most homes. Even if you’re not an amazing cook, everyone always seems to migrate to the kitchen during gatherings. There’s just something so welcoming and so peaceful about a gorgeous kitchen. It’s the space in which you sip your wine at the end of a long day, where your kids do their homework and where you spend time catching up with your loved ones at the end of the day. So what if your kitchen is small?
Small spaces are not an excuse for small style. Even the smallest kitchen has potential to become a gorgeous space filled with light and elegance. Creating the look you want in a small kitchen can be a bit of a challenge, but it’s not impossible. Small spaces are not a new concept; homeowners and designers alike have been decorating small kitchens for decades without fail. If your kitchen is small on space, it’s time to learn which design trends are best for maximizing space and style.
The biggest trend for any kitchen in 2016 is all white. White cabinets, white natural stone counters and white backsplashes are all the rage right now. This look is chic and sophisticated. If you take a look at designer kitchens on Instagram, you’ll notice white everywhere you look. This trend is especially hot in small kitchens because it makes them look so much larger.
White marble, granite or quartz is what you’ll need to make this look work. To anchor it all together you can use white cabinets. Shaker style is trending at the moment, but you can paint your existing cabinets to make them white regardless of design. White subway tiles make for a chic addition to your bright new kitchen. Just remember to use stainless steel appliances to maintain the high-end look.
Goodbye dark kitchens. It might have worked back in the 80s in your grandmother’s kitchen, but it certainly won’t work for your small space. Neutral is always chic, and the new color palettes complement small spaces with ease. Light grays, pale charcoals, and soft, muted blues and greens are where it’s at right now.
One of the biggest trends for neutral kitchens is having an island in a different shade than the rest of the cabinets. For example, you might choose a beautiful gray island paired with white cabinets throughout the kitchen for a soft contrast. Small kitchens are not typically equipped with islands, but one way to incorporate it is to use a gray color on the bottom cabinets in your kitchen and white up top. It’s chic, and oh-so trendy.
One thing that makes any kitchen more appealing are a high-end set of appliances. These appliances make working so much easier in the kitchen. Smart technology allows you to control your appliances from afar, it makes cooking more fun, and it makes your small space that much cooler.
Light and Bright
Are you willing to do a little remodeling to make your small space seem larger? One way to do this is by adding windows. Small spaces that feature a lot of natural light automatically look bigger and more inviting. Bright is in, and dark is out. One of the most popular ways to add more natural light to the kitchen is with a skylight. You can have them added into the house with relative ease when you call a contractor.
This trend might even be more exciting if you already have a lot of natural light in your kitchen. Now is the time to get rid of curtains and say goodbye to any blinds or coverings on your sliders or French doors.
Texture, Texture, Texture
Small spaces can handle this new trend like no one’s business. The new texture on texture trend is on point, and it’s one that won’t be going out of style anytime in the near future. The key to keeping this look clean and inviting is to stick with the same texture as the main texture, adding small textures in other locations.
When you take one material and change its surrounding texture, it looks amazing. For instance, a great travertine on the floor looks amazing when you pair it with travertine on the backsplash. Think 20-inch tiles along the floor and small herringbone patterns on the wall. Mixed together with granite or marble, this look is going to make your small space exceptionally large on style.
Remodeling your small kitchen doesn’t have to be a stressful job. The amount of space you have is less important than the amount of style you add to it. These design trends maximize your space and bring maximum style without sacrificing your happiness.