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The Do's & Don'ts of Designing a Modest Kitchen Space January 17, 2019

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The Do's & Don'ts of Designing a Modest Kitchen Space, Brooklyn, New York

With the new year in full swing, now is the time to consider that modern kitchen remodel you’ve been dreaming of. Worried that working with a small space will put a damper on your plans? Don’t be. Here are several helpful tips for achieving a functional and stylish design for a modest kitchen space.


Focus on organization to minimize clutter.

If you’re working with a tight space for your modern kitchen remodel, it’s important to minimize clutter by incorporating creative organization techniques. Use a magazine holder to keep cutting boards accessible and out of the way. Purchase inexpensive, stylish glass containers to consolidate and store dry goods. You can also keep your fridge clear by designating a large cork board for notes, photos, recipes, or children’s artwork, being sure to toss old or outdated items.

Use empty walls and corners for shelving and storage.

Unused walls can help add more storage in a tiny kitchen--without reducing your much-needed walking space. Install floating shelves as a place to display items that would otherwise take up counter space, such as family cookbooks, framed photos, and decorative flatware reserved for special events. Don’t have any empty walls? Take advantage of an unused corner by purchasing a corner-shaped shelving unit with drawers to keep the area looking tidy. 


Clog up precious countertop space with equipment.

modern kitchen remodelDuring your modern kitchen remodel design process, consider the many small appliances taking up space on your counter. Can items that aren’t used every day, such as a blender or waffle maker, be stored elsewhere? Can a stylish little cart or shelving unit become the new home for your coffee or espresso machine? You can also ask your contractor about counter-saving built-in appliances. Simply upgrading your microwave to a built-in alternative can provide additional space for you and your family to prepare meals.

Choose the wrong lighting. 

Lighting is another fairly easy upgrade that can make or break the look of your modest kitchen. Avoid over-lighting with harsh overhead lamps, as it will cast hard shadows that shrink the room. Instead, take advantage of any natural light available to you, supplementing it with simple and stylish overhead lights you can control with a dimmer. You can also install under-cabinet lamps for added light (and drama), drawing eyes upward and making your ceilings seem taller than they are.


When you’re ready to turn your modern kitchen remodel vision into reality, turn to European Kitchen Center. Based in Brooklyn, NY, their team has helped homeowners create thoughtful, functional, and stylish floor plans for their living and eating spaces for the last 15 years. After engaging European Kitchen Center for your remodel, they’ll work with you to create a unique action plan, incorporating only the best products from trusted manufacturers. Customers can rest assured that every accent recommended by this modern kitchen showroom, from European kitchen cabinets to stone countertops, will continue to last and look good for many years to come. To learn more about visiting their kitchen and bath showroom, call (718) 360-0950. You can also find modern kitchen remodel inspiration by visiting them online.

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