These clever DIY design ideas prove you can do more with less — without sacrificing style — in even the tiniest of kitchens.
If your cabinets are too cramped to fit all of your kitchen gear, stealthily use the cuter items as decor. For instance, chunky vintage cutting boards or bright colanders can double as artwork. And a row of matching mi bowls stuck above cabinets looks intentional, not messy.
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If you yearn for an eat-in kitchen but a large table just won't fit, consider a foldable option. The leaves flip up so everyone has a spot come dinnertime, but they also tuck out of the way when not in use. Plus, the center of the table can serve as extra prep space all the time.
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Open space, such as the edge of a counter, windowsill or kitchen pass-through, magically morphs into extra eating space with a board and a few benches.
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Barbara Westbrook, interior designer and author of Gracious Homes, knows the power of pale hues. She chose Pratt and Lambert's Chalk Grey paint for this kitchen's walls and range hood to brighten the room and impart a sense of openness.
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Open shelving can offer a ton of flexible storage, but it requires full commitment for it to look stylish. A wall dedicated to shelves looks like a purposeful design statement, but a lowly cart just looks like clutter.
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While you're cooking, a wheeled cart is as helpful as a big island (which is not an option for most tiny kitchens) but can roll out of the way when you're done.
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Even an awkward, narrow nook can comfortably seat six, if you choose efficient built-in benches instead of chairs. Bonus: Extra storage hides under the lovely seats.
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Hanging pots and pans from the ceiling frees cabinets of bulky equipment and creates visual interest too. Designer Jason Grant used a natural timber to create a rustic look — try a vintage ladder for a similar effect.
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