April 14, 2024
  • I requested an inside designer how you can make the tiny kitchen in my rental dwelling feel and look larger.
  • She prompt we spend money on bigger storage options and vertical area to assist open up the world. 
  • She additionally stated we should always choose one design model to make it mix in with the remainder of our area. 

My husband and I really like our rental dwelling in Washington, however it’s smaller than our final place so we’re nonetheless determining how you can take advantage of our area functionally and aesthetically. 

One of many large points is the small kitchen. Since our dwelling would not have an official eating room, we created a dinette within the kitchen, which cuts down on area much more. We’re additionally having a troublesome time making the kitchen really feel prefer it suits in with the remainder of the home because it sits straight subsequent to the lounge. 

To learn to greatest make the most of and design my kitchen area, I consulted Reya Duenas, inside designer, inventive director, and CEO of Reya Duenas Design.

After sharing images and a video tour of my area, she shared recommendation on how you can make my kitchen really feel extra spacious and extra cohesive with the remainder of my dwelling. 

She stated I can maximize my counter area by doing a significant declutter

As a passionate dwelling chef, I like to prepare dinner. However since transferring to our new dwelling, I’ve lacked the counter area to have the ability to prep and prepare dinner comfortably.  

To start out, Duenas prompt, we should always declutter our counter tops. She stated we should always take away as most of the objects sitting on the counters as doable, just like the butter dish and small canisters.

gray and white kitchen with "x" on butter dish on the counter and jars on windowsill

One of many greatest points we’re going through proper now could be lack of counter area.

Cheyenne Lentz



If our oil canisters completely should reside on the counter tops, she prompt we put them in a cute tray or basket in order that related objects are grouped collectively. This makes them look extra intentional and, because of this, extra fashionable.

She additionally beneficial we take away the coffee-related home equipment subsequent to the sink to unencumber extra space. Duenas prompt utilizing the cart now we have as a espresso station or shopping for a brand new one that may home all of those home equipment. 

Vertical area can be utilized to open up the room 

Along with decluttering, making use of our room’s vertical area could make it really feel larger.

Though Duenas stated we had a pleasant desk within the dinette, she prompt changing it with one thing extendable. This enables extra visitors to sit down and dine if wanted and the desk might be made smaller when not in use.

She additionally prompt going with a desk that is counter or bar top to provide the phantasm of an even bigger area. 

A sideboard may very well be the answer to our storage issues

Because of the lack of cupboard area within the kitchen, my husband and I’ve resorted to storing lots of our kitchen home equipment and equipment in random closets all through the home. This contains our microwave, air fryer, bread machine, toaster, and lots of different coffee-related home equipment. 

This additionally provides to the inconvenience of cooking at dwelling as a result of it is such a trouble to seek for and pull these things out from the again of our closets. 

two blue chairs in front of round table with a small shelving unit with a coffee maker on it to the side

Our smaller storage options aren’t doing a lot for our area.

Cheyenne Lentz



As an answer, Duenas prompt changing the small shelving unit within the nook with one thing bigger reminiscent of a sideboard cupboard to supply extra cupboard space.

This space might then even home the aforementioned espresso station to unencumber extra counter area.

I could make the kitchen extra cohesive with the remainder of the area by committing to 1 model

Our kitchen is situated straight subsequent to the lounge however the two areas are fairly stylistically completely different. At present, the kitchen/eating space has extra of a country and industrial vibe, whereas the lounge has extra of a mid-century trendy look.

At our final place, there was extra of a pure separation between the areas, so cohesion wasn’t as necessary. However on this home, I really feel caught determining how you can cope with the transition between the 2 areas.

view of kitchen with gray cabinets with a small shelving unit next to it with a view of the living room through a corridor next to it

Our bar cart could also be too industrial for the kitchen.

Cheyenne Lentz



To repair this drawback, Duenas prompt choosing a stylistic focus for every space. For starters, the present bar cart and the opposite shelving unit situated subsequent to the eating room desk are too industrial for the area.

Merely, she stated, we should always cease attempting to marry the 2 kinds, and simply choose one. 

To additionally assist with the transition between the rooms, Duenas prompt we swap the recliner out for a smaller chair. The chair now we have now could be too large and is obstructing the pure circulation between the areas. 

Coloration-coordinated accents are a should

Whereas taking a look at our kitchen’s design, Duenas identified there’s a excessive distinction between the big black home equipment and white counter tops.  

black oven with oils and jars on either side of it on the white countertop

We will not swap out our home equipment however we will tie at nighttime colours of them all through our kitchen decor.

Cheyenne Lentz



She famous that swapping home equipment can be excellent to unravel this drawback, however it is probably not possible since we’re renters. As a substitute, she prompt, we should always incorporate extra black components into the area to create steadiness. 

“Strive including some black components in paintings, a runner, or frames to herald smaller black accents and produce steadiness to the area,” Duenas stated. 

General, I realized bigger storage items are key to using the area and clearing countertop litter

All the suggestions from Duenas gave me some nice concepts for making my kitchen extra usable. My greatest takeaway from the critique is that I ought to spend money on bigger storage options. 

At present, now we have smaller items that look cute however do not present a lot storage. If we spend money on bigger items like Duenas prompt, we will conveniently hold extra kitchen home equipment and equipment within the precise kitchen.