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Big Ideas for Small, Medium or Large Kitchens


When you see those behemoth, state-of-the-art kitchens on those reality TV cooking shows, does your mouth start watering thinking what it would be like to have a kitchen that size? Too bad that isn’t the reality for most of us. Too bad our kitchens are more likely compact than cavernous.

Well, no matter its measurements, when the chance comes to do some kitchen renovating, there are a lot of things to consider that can help maximize every square inch. And now to help with that planning, here is a list of thought-starters that should help make the most of what you’ve got:


Traffic congestion: A home with or without kids can make a big difference on your remodeling decisions including whether or not to choose an island with a cooktop and sink or maybe food storage on lower levels.

Party on: How often do you cook or entertain might determine how much counter and storage space you may need.

Dining in: To create space for eating in your kitchen, consider barstools that fold up. Just store them under your work counter or island when they are not being used.

Must-haves: Budget permitting, make a wish list of features that will make using your kitchen more of a daily delight than a daily grind.

Work Triangle: Taking some time now to think how your stove, fridge and sink are configured can save you lots of time (and steps) long after the remodeling work is done.

Light and color: One of the easiest ways to add space to a room is to make it look bigger and brighter with the colors you choose for the walls and ceilings, the counters, cabinets and appliances. Lighter colors and reflective surfaces such as chrome and stainless all do well to open up small spaces. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to shed some light on the subject with under-cabinet lighting.