One of the challenges in home decor is making the most of your space, especially in the kitchen. Whether you have a small or large kitchen, these simple kitchen decorating ideas will help inspire you to maximize your space.
Figuring out how kitchen decorating ideas to manage your space isn’t always easy. You want kitchen decorating ideas that are both practical, but aesthetically pleasing--especially if your kitchen is where you entertain. It can be done, though. You just need a little inspiration and some kitchen decorating ideas that you might be able to incorporate into your space.
Kitchen Decorating Ideas to Maximize Your Space
- Not enough Counter Space? - Use your space in clever ways. One perfect example is using the side of the fridge for extra storage by storing spices in magnetic jars.
- Think Up and Not Out - Create storage space on top of cabinets or replace eye-height shelves with floor to ceiling shelves instead. If you have no cabinets on top of the refrigerator, consider storing lesser used mixing bowls and cookware in a basket on top.
- Store Dishes in Plain View - You can choose to hide dishes away, but storing dishes in open cabinets or on shelves is a clever way to add color and visual interest to your kitchen. Keep the cabinets for messy things you want to hide away. Also, adding open storage can give you more room by utilizing space not currently in use. For example, store mugs on hooks under the cabinets.
- Add Mirrors - Adding mirrors to any room can give the impression of a larger space--and the kitchen is no exception. While it doesn’t actually add any space, the addition of mirrors can help keep a space from feeling cramped.
- Double Duty - When adding furniture pieces in your kitchen, choose (or DIY) pieces that can serve multiple functions. For example, pick a kitchen table with drawers and/or shelves for extra added storage. In addition, when adding a shelf, include hooks underneath for holding cooking utensils, hand towels, and more.
- Outside the Box Seating - If you are redoing your eat-in kitchen area, consider adding built-in seating. It can be a real space saver--not to mention creating a welcoming nook in your kitchen. If that’s not in your budget, try adding benches instead of chairs. They take up less room and can be pushed up against a wall when not in use.
- Skip the Table - If your kitchen is super small, skip the kitchen table completely. Even if you don’t have a separate dining room, you can just add a couple of stools to counter ends to create a sit-down eating space.
- DIY Island - Even if you aren’t doing a big remodel, it’s possible to DIY a kitchen island space to make your space more functional. A repurposed dresser can be reworked into a DIY functional kitchen island.
- Corner Space - Corners are often underutilized in any room. If space is at a premium in your kitchen, consider adding corner bookshelves for additional storage. You can store pretty spices or teas in jars, tea cups, homemade jams, and pickles, or really anything as long as it’s visually appealing.
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