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5 Ideas for Decorating Your Small Kitchen

These little kitchen tips can turn your small space into one that’s functional and fashionable.

1. Dine at a bistro table.

Create a quaint dining space for two or three with a bistro table and chairs. This dining setup does the trick when it comes to dinner, plus it’s low-profile, so it’ll take up less space than a roomy set for six or eight.

2. Make use of vertical space.

Get creative with your spatial constraints. Maximize your drawer space below by displaying cookware on open shelving above the countertops. Style plates, pots and plants for a layered look that adds depth, interest and color.

3. Play with contrast.

Make your small space feel open and airy with bright, light hues, then add contrasting shades to give the impression that the room is bigger than it actually is. Our favorite combination is white shaker panels with black stone and matte metal accents.

4. Take your tile to the very top.

This tip goes back to verticality - you can extend your space by tiling all the way up the walls. The technique draws the eye up and gives the room a feeling of added height. Another pro? If you have pendants or sconces hanging nearby, the sheen of the tile will reflect and bounce light around the room.

5. Set up a prep table.

You may not have room for a sprawling kitchen island, but there’s a solution for small spaces that’s easy AND affordable. A prep table or island with casters rolls in when you need it for slicing and dicing. Most styles have drawers or shelving that’s perfect for cookware and serving-piece storage.