Are you blessed with a small (or large) kitchen that makes you feel like you should be bowling rather than cooking? Ahhhh, this is actually such a common space for a kitchen! Two-story or ranch, here are 3 quick questions that you could ask yourself that will help you plan a really nice kitchen update.
Question #1: Am I willing to incorporate seating in my little kitchen….rather than putting a separate table and chairs in the space?
Now here’s another question that goes along with that….Am I willing to design a seating space in an adjoining room that blends with the kitchen update?
Answer: By incorporating seating along a two-wall kitchen or even enlarging your long and narrow kitchen (yep, that’s what I said, make it a little longer), you’d be surprized that by simply extending a countertop or taking an island or peninsula and design a small tabletop helps to make a super useful and stunning kitchen. OR go ahead and “divide” your long narrow space into 2 spaces with a fab. ceiling and wide trim entrance.
Question #2: Am I willing to put thought, effort, and design expertise into AT LEAST a countertop replacement that will help make my long narrow kitchen feel updated,fresh and new?
Answer: Just take my word for it …. consider new countertops. I’ve even seen the latest HD laminates along with granite or quartz just make a kitchen look new again. However, there’s one caveat …. you’ll need to at least “freshen” your cabinets whether you paint or replace. Otherwise it’s a bandaid fix. Also, keep some funds to replace your wall cabinet doors to glass-fronts.
Question #3: Am I willing to stay neutral in my color choices?
Answer: I’d like to see you not draw attention to any one area of your long and narrow kitchen. A one wall kitchen, or a two-wall kitchen really doesn’t need a lot of pattern, so your choices of paint, counters, backsplash, window coverings are going to make or break a spacious feel.
And here’s a thought …. create a “window seat”…..even if you don’t have a window! I love helping homeowners do seating of any kind in the kitchen! The photo I’ve included is a window seat by Candice Olson, one of my favorite designers.
Have a sunny day.