Small Kitchen Remodel: Lighting, Flooring, Multi-Use

In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the simple themes many homeowners consider when remodeling a smaller kitchen space. Smaller spaces still offer plenty of opportunities for a great kitchen, and you can hit on several of these if you're performing a remodel.

At Pine Tree Construction, we're here to help -- not just with kitchen remodels, either, but with numerous other home remodeling and addition projects. What are some of the other concepts you might consider for your upcoming kitchen remodel if the space isn't particularly large? Here's a primer.

Lighting Considerations

One element that can play a major role in helping maximize your usage of a smaller space is lighting. You may want to consider installing additional task lighting, such as under-cabinet lights or even pendant lamps over the central work area. If you have a window in the kitchen, be sure to take advantage of natural light by using light-colored materials.

Specific colors used in a space have the ability to either make it feel larger or smaller. In a small kitchen, you'll want to avoid dark colors and use light shades instead, as these can help reflect light and make the space feel brighter.

Upgrading Flooring

A smaller space may mean you're spending less of your budget on important features like cabinets or countertops, and this could be a good opportunity to upgrade your flooring. In particular, consider a material that is durable and can handle lots of traffic, like hardwood or tile. These materials will also help to create a more polished and finished look in the space.

In addition, think about how the flooring you choose works from a size and perception perspective. For instance, a darker hardwood may make the space feel even smaller. A lighter wood or a tile with a subtle pattern can help offset this and make the space feel larger.

Multi-Use Themes

A major theme for smaller kitchen remodels is to consider designs that can serve multiple purposes. This could mean adding an island with a breakfast bar, including a built-in desk area, or installing open shelving to provide extra storage space. By thinking creatively about how you can use the space, you can create a kitchen that feels larger and more versatile.

Even if you don't quite have room for an island, you can still consider adding a peninsula to the design. This will give you some extra counter space and can even include storage cabinets or drawers.

Pine Tree Construction is here to help you with all of your home remodeling needs, so please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about these tips or want more advice on how to make the most of your small kitchen remodel.