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Many clients struggle with optimizing design and function in small spaces, which is why it’s vital to know how to make the most of the space available to them. After all, nothing inspires creative design like small spaces.
What your clients really want are quality kitchens that reflect their personal style and add day-to-day convenience. Read on for six tips that take a “less-is-more” approach to your clients’ small but fabulous culinary digs.

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Control Clutter
According to the 2018 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, 75% of homeowners admit an obsession with decluttering kitchen surfaces—a challenge even in the largest kitchens. So, in a smaller space where storage is often limited, every feature should be designed to help eliminate clutter. Right on schedule, the study reveals that pullout waste or recycling bins, utensil organizers and wine/bar storage are rising in popularity.


Put Wall Space to Work
When counter space is at a premium, consider installing rods, pegboards or magnetic strips where your clients can store cookware and utensils. Hanging an additional shelf above the cabinets goes a long way, too.

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Open Shelving
Though storage is important in smaller kitchens, lots of cabinets can make the space feel claustrophobic. Consider functional open shelves above countertops instead. Not only are they an attractive way for your clients to display their favorite knickknacks, when installed around windows they help maximize natural light (a top design priority for one-third of homeowners, according to the Houzz study).

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Embrace Color
Color is often used to influence mood. It can also create space. Cabinets with color that visually blends into either the floor or walls can make a room feel larger than it actually is. White, of course, is classic. But there’s also plenty of room to shake things up with other shades—especially blues, which are gaining in popularity and can really bring a smaller kitchen to life.

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Functional (and Upscale) Features
Just because your client’s kitchen is short on space doesn’t mean it has to be short on style! Make a small space work harder by adding features that are high on both style and function. A sleek single-handle pull-down faucet with a soap dispenser and an undermount sink save counter space and make cleaning easier. And a fresh backsplash can add tons of personality to even the smallest of spaces.