Monday, February 18, 2013

Pretty Little Kitchens

It's been a long time since I've posted a round-up of pretty kitchens. Even though we moved and never got to renovate our kitchen, I still love looking at pretty ones, don't you?

I particularly like looking at small kitchens with efficient storage ideas that are still pretty while being so practical.

Baskets, handy shelves, menu boards all work together to maximize storage.

Yet character isn't neglected: subway tile, stainless appliances, beaded board, stylish lighting all help to make these kitchens as pretty as they are practical.

Whether you like the look of a white kitchen, a painted kitchen, two-tone cabinets or unpainted wood, small kitchens can be personalized to meet the style of your home, your budget and the look you like.

Source: via Sharahn on Pinterest

One feature I've been paying attention to lately is what to do when your floorplan doesn't include a window over the sink. Here are some options:

A sink on the peninsula that faces another room (dining room or living room), perhaps with bar stools tucked under a ledge.

Include a shorter cabinet for more head room and hang something pretty to look at.

Include a plate rack above the sink. Talk about making it easy to put the plates away after washing!

Make the cabinets over and around the sink a sort of window by including glass doors and lights inside.

Small kitchens include small, efficient seating for meals too, whether at a peninsula or at a built-in dining nook.

What a great way to soften the space (pillows and window treatments) and add color and character (lighting, pillows, the table and chairs you choose) and storage (drawers in the built-in benches).

What about you? Any tips on designing a small kitchen full of practical and pretty ideas? Or updating your existing space to amp up the character?

Do you have a small, pretty, storage-packed kitchen? What's your favorite feature? What do you wish it had?

1 comment:

  1. I"m with you - I love small efficient pretty kitchens. Oh, and white ones too. I think small kitchens benefit from having at least one cupboard without the doors or with glass-fronted doors or open shelves so they don't seem too much like walls of cupboards.



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