Design Challenge Solutions for Small Kitchens


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Design tip from Terri Parsons, Principal Interior Designer, Allied Member ASID, NKBA

Anne Parsons Interiors


Anne Parsons Interiors focuses on each client’s lifestyle and personality to create a one-of-a-kind interior design style that uniquely reflects them. This approach combined with considerations of the architecture and home surroundings produces a timeless and authentic living environment.



Design Challenge Solutions for Small Kitchens

Some homeowners may think larger kitchens are tough to tackle, but small kitchens present their own distinct set of challenges including: providing enough storage; making the space work for cooking and entertaining; bringing in natural light (especially difficult in condominiums and row houses). 

Here are some solutions:


  • Create built-in storage wherever you can including: under staircases and countertops, inside islands and overlooked nooks, atop slim refrigerators and drawer dishwashers.
  • Add flexibility with an island — especially one that is moveable to accommodate different situations. An island can serve as a dining table, prep surface, homework area, bill-paying station and as a desktop/computer space.
  • Open up the kitchen to other spaces to bring in light; use reflective or translucent surfaces to help retain light.
  • Install high ceilings and use minimal material palettes — two time-honored ways that work particularly well in a kitchen to make a small room feel larger.
  • Separate the kitchen from a living or dining area — without cutting it off from those spaces — through thoughtful ceiling and/or floor treatments.

Pictured right: Carlsbad kitchen remodel designed by Anne Parsons InteriorsRanch 003 J

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