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15 Small Kitchen Renovation Ideas

October 7, 2021
6 min read

For most people, the kitchen is the heart of the home. However, with a small kitchen, it may be more challenging to enjoy spending much time in it. There are a few things that can be done to make any small kitchen more desirable to be in. In this article, we will provide 15 kitchen renovation ideas for small kitchens.

5141 Frosty Carrina  

Add Shelves

Replacing some upper cabinet space with open shelves is an easy way to update the kitchen. Opt for premium materials like Caesarstone quartz for a luxurious look that’s durable and long-lasting. Use the new shelves for openly displaying your best kitchenware, or dress them up with some plants and kitchen décor. You can choose a quartz colour to match your countertops, or opt for a neutral choice, such as 1141 Pure White.

Set up a Seating Area

To increase the entertainment value of a small kitchen, consider setting up a seating area for guests. While this idea works best with an open concept kitchen, it can still be done even without a large space. Ensure that the seating area is separated from the cooking area so that the functional space does not feel crowded while guests are visiting.

Experiment with Lighting

The ambience of any room depends heavily on the lighting. Lighting that is decorative, such as the currently popular Edison bulbs, brings a warm, buttery light to a room. With an eye-catching Caesarstone quartz countertop like 5222 Adamina, that radiant lighting helps draw the eye to the stunning colours of the countertop.On the other hand, bright white lights will bring out the brightness of full white or primarily white quartz countertops such as 1111 Vivid White.

Ideally, the lighting should not be too cool, but should be bright enough that anyone working in the kitchen can see what they’re doing.This is why warm whites and bright whites are most popular in the kitchen.

When considering finishes, a polished quartz is highly reflective and will give off a bright shine, whereas honed, concrete and rough finishes are matte when lit.

Quartz that has a natural finish will be slightly reflective when lit, and its colours and patterns will richen and be more pronounced.

Create Tiered Displays

While clutter is visually unappealing, a completely blank slate can feel cold and lack personality. With tiered displays, a smaller kitchen can feel lived in but still organized. Consider adding a spice rack over the stove so that spices are always in reach. This will also free up space where the spices are currently stored.

Build a Small Island

Building a small island can drastically change the look of a kitchen, providing a show stopping centrepiece that doubles as additional counter space, a breakfast bar and so much more. For a sleek, modern kitchen island, opt for a premium quartz countertop such as 5141 Frosty Carrina or 5100 Vanilla Noir. For a more industrial look, homeowners can choose an option like 4004 Raw Concrete. Those who prefer something rustic may select a colour like 5000 London Grey. The choices are endless.

5100 Vanilla Noir

Treat Wood Cabinets

In the kitchen, the cabinets take up the majority of the space. Therefore, it’s important to keep them in the best possible condition. Over the years, cooking puts heat and moisture in the air and sometimes food particles even end up on the cabinets. This will eventually take its toll and the cabinets will no longer look as good as they did when they were first installed. Take a little bit of time to clean, varnish and seal those cabinets. This will give them a new life.

Experiment with the Layout

Renovating a small kitchen gives you the chance to experiment with the layout. You can completely change the flow by rearranging some of the larger pieces. When doing this, try looking at the room through the eyes of a guest. Think about what you want them to see and what floor plan will make the most of the space available.

Upgrade your Sink

A quality sink can make all the difference in the world. A larger sink can be useful in a small kitchen and makes the chore of doing dishes a lot more effortless. When upgrading a sink, consider more than just how well it will work in the space. Create the aesthetic around the sink and bring in new faucets to complement the fresh look.

Add Greenery

Adding a few indoor plants can bring vibrancy to a smaller kitchen.Air-purifying plants will improve the air quality in the kitchen and for those who enjoy cooking with fresh herbs, bring in a small herb garden for the window sill.

Maximize Natural Light

You don’t need to make major changes in a small kitchen to completely alter the way it feels. Natural light will make any room feel more open and will highlight its best features, such as your Caesarstone quartz countertop.Consider installing modern windows, as they typically let more light in than older, more traditional ones.

Use Mirrors

While a mirror won’t quite double the size of the room, it will definitely make it feel larger when properly placed. A freestanding vertical mirror is a great option, but tends to get in the way when working in the kitchen. Consider mounting one at eye level near the stove.

5000 London Grey

Organize Storage Areas

Smaller items such as occasional appliances, dish towels and cutlery can increase the clutter factor in the kitchen.Investing in some storage solutions can free up that space and make the room feel more organized.

Add Some Colour

Painting the walls in the kitchen can entirely change the way a person sees a room when they enter it. Many people are intimidated when it comes to painting but there’s no need to be. If you’re not ready to commit to painting the walls, consider painting the cabinets or chairs to add a pop of colour. When doing so, you’ll want to consider colours that will complement other design elements of the kitchen, including your quartz countertop.

Consider Traditional Décor

When most people remodel, they focus on catching up with the latest trends and creating a more modern look. But traditional elements can bring charming character into any space, including a small kitchen.

Create an Area to Relax in the Corner

If the space is available, consider creating a small sitting or relaxing area to enjoy a morning coffee or Sunday brunches. This will significantly increase the usable space in the kitchen and will create a chance to add more décor, such as candles or potted plants.

Bottom Line

Even in a small kitchen, meals and memories are made. Use the tips above to make it a more enjoyable place to be.