Interior Design Q&A: Opening Up a Small Kitchen

Small Kitchens can Feel Open & Airy, Too!

Let’s drop in on this Q&A between a customer and the Interior Design team at Tuckey Restoration to learn more:

Q.  I want to update and open my very small kitchen. I was thinking about whitewashing the cabinets and removing one or two doors to create an open airy feel. The problem is the counter tops are off white and light pink marble. What colors should I focus on for the walls and cabinets to best work with these counter tops? Also the kitchen has a bar counter which divides the kitchen from the dining room, which is wooden and has four tall wooden stools around it. I’m not willing to paint the entire bar area but should I look to paint the stools to draw attention away from the other pink counter tops? Thanks.

A. I think that your idea to paint the stools could be a great touch to give your kitchen some individuality. You might want to consider painting the inside of a few of the cabinets the same color you paint the stools (after you take the doors off, of course). If your countertop is more of a cream or off-white, you may want to try distressing the cabinets with off-white as well. If you paint the cabinets white, the countertop color will become even more noticeable due to the strong contrast. You may want to stay with the lighter colors to open up the room. What color is the flooring? Is there any color in an adjoining room(s)? These are all things you may want to consider before choosing your paint color. Another easy and inexpensive way to change the decor in your kitchen is to change the hardware. There are endless options in the cabinetry hardware available…be creative!

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DISCLAIMER: This article is provided as a reference guide only.  All mechanical, electrical, plumbing, remodeling, metal fabrication, and restoration projects should be handled by a qualified, professional contractor like the Tuckey Companies.  Information presented here is of a general nature that may not be applicable in all situations. Tips, articles, and accompanying information do not represent an official recommendation of the Tuckey Companies.

(Text Copyright 2014, The Tuckey Companies)

(Picture By Brisbane City Council [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

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