For a lot of people, the kitchen is the most important room in the house. Whether or not you love to cook, the kitchen tends to be a central space for hanging out with friends or hosting parties. It’s important for it to be efficient! It can be frustrating when you find the perfect house, but the kitchen is lacking in storage and space. Here are a few of our best tips and ideas for maximizing your space and upgrading your storage in small kitchens.

Keep your space light and airy. Avoid dark-colored walls when decorating small spaces. Light colors tend to make spaces feel bigger, while dark colors feel cramped. Neutral colors like white, grey, and pastels will give your space a cleaner feel. Streamline your design in both your color and material choices. Too much variety may appear too busy. Secondly, don’t clutter the space with unnecessary items. Keep only what’s necessary and the decorations minimal.

Add extra storage where possible. Make use of your vertical space by installing extra open shelving on your walls, or put up hooks to hang pots and pans from to free up drawer and cabinet space. Magnetic strips on the backsplash are great for storing knives. Don’t forget to utilize the space on top of your fridge and any empty space on top of your cabinets as well. Baskets work well for this and help hide the clutter!

Get a rolling crate! If you don’t have room for an island, try out using a rolling crate for extra cabinet space. Choose one with your preference of shelving, drawers or cabinets down below to store items too. That way, you have more storage and cabinet space that can easily be stored away or pushed to the side when it’s not in use. These are easily customizable and can be built to fit any area and serve a multitude of purposes.

Make the most of your cabinets. If you have several cabinets without shelving, that extra space at the top tends to go to waste. Add pull out drawers for maximum storage! The insides of cabinet doors usually go to waste as well- a tip is to add wire baskets, magnetic strips or hooks to hold anything from spices, cooking utensils and towels to teaspoons and measuring cups.

Move things out of the kitchen, and use other rooms to store items as well. Things like barware, china, or other special-occasion items can be stored elsewhere. Invest in a china cabinet that could be displayed in your dining room or entryway which doubles as décor and storage!

Because the kitchen is such a central room in the house, it’s important to be sure you’re using it to its full potential. Take a look at how you’re storing things and think out of the box if necessary. There are always great storage options that are completely customizable, and can help alleviate some of the clutter and maximize efficiency! We’d love to brainstorm with you and help offer a solution to fit your specific needs.