If, like me, you live in a small home or apartment, you probably have issues with storage. So let’s look at some ideas I found to add storage and/or personality to your kitchen.
The kitchen above could be most any apartment kitchen with it’s layout.
Adding a bit of black always adds elegance to a room. And if a kitchen is to reflect my personality, it would have to have a bit of red in it!
Drawer pulls aren’t all that expensive, but can really add a lot of appeal to boring kitchens. If you rent, you might swap out the original drawer pulls or knobs for new ones that better suit your personality. Just keep the original ones in case you move, as I have.
Some small homes don’t have a separate dining room. Back in the “olden” days, I don’t recall that we ever had a separate dining room.
We had a table in the middle of the kitchen, and I’ve always loved the coziness of that look.
If you are really limited on space, put a table or piece or kitchen cart in the middle of the kitchen that can serve as an island. Then add a couple of stools for seating.
Another idea to change the look of a rental kitchen is to take the cabinet doors off and store them.
You could put contact paper in the back of the cabinets to add a pop of color.
In that same vein, you could remove the cabinet doors below the sink and instead add a simple gathered curtain on an extension rod. Extension rods are cheap, and a couple of yards of fabric won’t break the bank either. It gives the kitchen a feminine/cottage look.
You could also take the leftover scraps of fabric and add strips to decorate dish towels or even make your own dish towels.
Another way to add storage to a small kitchen is to utilize wasted space above and to the side of the refrigerator. Adding a couple of shelves adds personality to the room, as well as needed storage.
(Photos 1-7 courtesy of BHG.com)
If you don’t have enough cabinet or storage space in your kitchen, consider adding a kitchen cart or table at the end, as in the photo above. If you line it up to the rest of the cabinets, it will look right at home.
Another idea would be to fill an unused space with a table or butcher block/island. The basket below it acts as even more storage space.
If you’re short on cabinet space for pots and pans, add a rack to the wall or ceiling where you can hang them out of the way.
Tomorrow I’ll have Part 2 of small space kitchen ideas. Do you have a favorite?