Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling - Ideas and Estimates

Updating a Small Kitchen Design

by Allison E. Beatty
KitchensAndCabinets.com Columnist

Small kitchen spaces can be tricky to decorate and update. With a little creativity, however, you can revamp your small kitchen design to coordinate with a cabinet refacing project.

Consider Kitchen Cabinet Style

The kitchen cabinet style can have a big impact on the overall kitchen design. Kitchen cabinets that have too much grain or heavy ornamentation can make a small space look too weighted. During a cabinet refacing project, look for:
  • Cabinet wood with a simple grain, such as maple
  • Glass doors to open up space
  • Simple cabinet door styles

Look For Large Floor Tiles

Large floor tiles have become a hot trend in kitchen design, as they add a bold look and help make small kitchen designs look bigger. When selecting floor tile, consider patterns that combine no more than two different size tiles. Also look for:
  • Light colors to make spaces look bigger
  • Large tiles, such as 12-inch squares and 12-inch by 16-inch tiles
  • Soft patterns and textures to avoid adding weight to a kitchen design

Coordinating Paint and Wallpaper

During a cabinet refacing, look for paint or wallpaper designs to tie together the kitchen design. Try light-colored paint, such as cream, sage or caramel, or wallpaper with a soft pattern.

Try Bold Kitchen Faucets

A kitchen faucet can create an interesting focal point in any kitchen. This is one fixture that can make a big impact without taking too much space. In a small kitchen, look for a faucet with:
  • Sleek lines and a thin spout
  • A one-handle design
  • A smooth metal finish that blends with wall or floor tile
  • A built-in sprayer for convenience

Kitchen faucets are priced from $50 to $500 or more, depending on the design, finish and features.

Use these simple kitchen additions to make your small kitchen a gourmet space.

About the Author
Allison E. Beatty is a syndicated real estate writer. She has been a writer of home-improvement columns for 15 years