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        Hey everybody, I was looking for some new kitchen remodeling ideas. I would like to make my space look bigger but also have some extra storage space. I was thinking adding some kitchen cabinets but I'm afraid that would make my kitchen look crowded. Also, maybe you have some thoughts regarding the right mix of colors.

        Posts: 1 | Location: Boca Raton, FL | Registered: May 03, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        What size is your kitchen? Are you doing the work yourself or hiring it out? Do you have a floor plan of the existing kichen?

        What colors do you like? How much natural and artificial lighting do you have?

        All of these factor into any potential changes.
        Posts: 1737 | Registered: Oct 06, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        A few tricks that we use to make small kitchens look larger:

        1. Size your wall cabinets so that there is still an open space above - don't go for full height to-the-ceiling wall cabinets. This lets your eye travel past the face of the cabinets towards the wall beyond, making the room look bigger.

        2. Lighter colors - Walls, cabinets and flooring - lighter colors are going to make it look larger.

        3. Don't be tempted to cram as many cabinets as possible in your already small kitchen. Leave a little open space, even if it's something like ending the wall cabinet run further from each side of the sink or open end. Here too, makes you notice the perimeter walls as the boundaries of the room, not the face of the cabinets.

        4. Do a tile back splash with the tile set on a diagonal. The longer grout line will make the space between counter top and underside of wall cabinets seem bigger.

        5. Flooring - Use the same diagonal trick on the flooring. This can be done for tile, wood and some vinyl patterns.

        6. Lighting - No such thing as too much lighting. Ring the room with recessed floodlights, use pendants for any islands, peninsulas, over eating areas or over the sink. Add in task lighting under cabinets to get rid of shadows on the counter tops.

        Most of these are no-cost or small-cost additions as you have to do something there anyway. In the case of the wall cabinet height, the shorter cabinets will actually cost less.

        Posts: 10111 | Location: Knoxville, Tennessee | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        That's really an awesome information which you have shared with us but in case If we require the cabinets also so what we can do? For this purpose we can not help without seeing pics of your kitchen and then only we can suggest you because now we do not know the size of your kitchen so post the pics also.

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        Posts: 7 | Registered: May 10, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Small kitchens naturally have storage problems. If you can find a place to slot pantry cabinets in, they do a great job of storing a lot of items and freeing up space in your other cabinets. Alternatively, a corner appliance garage which sits beneath your wall cabinets onto the counter top is a perfect way of storing bulky appliances such as toasters, blenders and coffee makers, and makes it easy to access them for food prep

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        Posts: 3 | Location: New York | Registered: Nov 20, 2012Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        don't overlook rotating out stuff, say, seasonally. if you don't have a lot of cabinets, and you have a lot of inherited china you use once a year, and Christmas dishes, and a bunch of cartoon stuff you use when grandkids come over... bin that stuff, and put it in the basement or garage or wherever. take down the Chipware and bring up the good stuff for the week you have company.

        turkey roasters and woks and Foreman grills? if you use them occasionally, have a basement nook for this stuff, and bring it up and rinse it off when it's time to use it.

        all those decorative beer steins of hubby's that eat ten cabinets? put them on shelves in the man cave.

        buy the pet food in 3-5 pound bags instead of the 15 pounders.

        get organizers for the drawers and you might get four drawers of tools into two or three.

        little stuff like that adds up.

        sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
        Posts: 5484 | Location: North Burbs, MN | Registered: Mar 14, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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