A kitchen is often the most important room in the house - it is where meals are made, stories are shared and a family enjoys each other’s’ company. But for those who live in big cities or small apartments, the space is often cramped and awkward. Clever kitchen décor solutions and small details can turn a small, generic kitchen into the most welcoming room in the house.
Decide on theme
Start with the feeling you wish to achieve - Sleek? Cozy? Retro? Cottage? Farmhouse? Once you know how you want the kitchen to feel, choose wall colors that pair with the theme but also open up the room. Light, bright colors will give the chef some space to breathe. Try light grey and brushed metal for a sleek look; lime green and white for retro; blush and mint for a cottage look; or coffee and cream for a farmhouse feeling. Color is often the first thing guests notice when they enter a room, and painting a kitchen - with all its nooks and crannies - is a chore, so be sure you pick colors you can live with for a while.
Kitchen décor is in the details
Knobs: Small kitchens do not have much space for wall art and tchotchkes, but there are plenty of opportunities to customize. Start with the cabinet knobs - these can give an old kitchen an instant update and a boring kitchen instant pizazz. Check out flea markets for cheap (often by the pound!) metalware with a vintage look, or Ikea for low-cost, modern designs. Websites like this one may have large selections of kitchen decor you'd want.
Curtains: Curtains and valances are also an easy way to personalize your kitchen. Hang them at the top of the wall, rather than at the top of the window frame, to add height to a small kitchen. Try a fun pattern or a color complementary to the wall paint for contrast. Valances especially are a great way to add visual interest to a kitchen without crowding the room.
Potted herbs: Consider buying a wall-mounted planter to grow herbs indoors. Greenery in a small space is refreshing; plus you’ll always have fresh herbs for recipes, and they won’t take up any counter space. There are dozens of designs, ranging from ceramic pockets to bracketed mason jars to traditional window box-type mounts.
In small kitchens, storage is always the biggest challenge. Start with a hanging pot rack to free up under-counter space and display your beautiful collection of copper and cast-iron cookware. Snap up a stylish set of canisters to stow your kitchen staples like flour, sugar and coffee in plain sight on the countertop - leave the more unsightly cereal boxes and canned goods behind cupboard doors. Magnetic knife strips and an over-the-sink dish rack will also help clear out drawer and counter space. Lots of times, clever storage also doubles as kitchen décor, so get creative!