Who doesn't love a bright airy kitchen in the morning to start your day off?
Downtown condo's can sometimes leave you with smaller kitchens and a lack of natural light. Whether you're buying pre-construction or purchasing a resale condo or small house, you may be limited to space and window's in the kitchen area.
If you're purchasing a pre-construction condo, take a look at the model suites and floor plans before making your finishing choices. This will help you determine where the windows will be located and the space you'll have to work with when deciding on design options.
Smaller kitchens with little windows and natural light can look very small and cramped if you choose very dark cabinetry and countertops. If you're looking for a nice bright space for cooking and hanging out, you'll likely want to choose finishes that brighten the space and make it look larger.
White and light grey cabinets paired with a light coloured counter top and backsplash are a great choice for smaller kitchens, and allow for an awesome contrast with darker hardware and lighting fixtures.
Some older resale condo's have smaller kitchens that can be given an easy facelift to brighten up the space. A nice bright coat of paint on darker cabinets paired with a nice bright countertop, simple backsplash and some extra lighting can totally transform a bland and dark kitchen.
Some other inexpensive additions you can add to a builders grade kitchen to add a nice personal upgrade to your space is cabinet hardware and extra storage.
Unique cabinet hardware can really change the look of a kitchen by adding a fun personal touch. My personal favourite's are the matte black and brass finishes.
The cabinet and drawer pulls can be beautifully complimented by plumbing and light fixtures in the same finish, pulling the whole room together.
The small black details add a nice contrast to the design, while still allowing the overall space to stay bright and fresh with the light hues in the cabinets and countertop finishes.
Another great way to utilize as much space as possible in a small kitchen is open shelving. If you have unused wall space, open shelving is an excellent and inexpensive way to add some extra storage and display some of your favorite kitchen accessories.
So whether you're shopping for a condo or a small downtown house and are not quite sure how you can deal with the space restrictions you may have in the kitchen, or you're simply looking for a way to refresh your current place with a new look, these tips and idea's may just help you see the sometimes hidden potential in your home!