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Put it down to experience and training members of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) know exactly how to maximize a small space
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Even though the kitchen has become so much more than just a food preparation area, it still remains one of the smaller rooms in the house.

Becky Sue Becker, CKD, president of the NKBA Georgia chapter, says the association considers any kitchen of 150sq ft or less to be a small kitchen, but that doesn't mean you can't make it look more spacious with some big ideas.

Some of suggestions provided by the NKBA include getting creative with storage solutions. High pantry cabinets are recommended, along with pull-out shelves, rotating inserts, and tilt bins, which provide easy access to stored items. Incorporating light colors, open shelves, wire organizers, glass-front doors and display cabinets are further suggestions these will help to lighten the space. Too many cabinets, especially if they are made from dark materials, will give the illusion that the room is much smaller.


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View of kitchen designs recommended by NKBA to make a small kitchen look larger.

Becker says it also pays to choose appliances wisely. There are numerous high-efficiency, sleek appliances that occupy less room than traditional models, but don't compromise on performance.

"Keeping the cooktop and oven in the same area will save valuable counter space. Incorporating the microwave into a cabinet also saves counter space. To eliminate clutter, small appliances can be stored in a pantry or appliance garage."

A mix of ambient and natural lighting is recommended. Skylights, bay and greenhouse windows create an open feel.

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"The personalized touch is also crucial," says Becker. "While too many small items will make a kitchen look smaller, displaying a few personal items adds warmth, and provides an illusion of a larger space."

Becker says the NKBA is not just about professional design expertise and product knowledge, however. The association includes experienced contractors and manufacturers who can assist in building your new kitchen or bathroom.

For more information, or to receive a copy of the Kitchen & Bath Consumer Workbook, call the NKBA, phone tollfree (800) 843 6522. Website: www.nkba.org.

Apr 04, 2008
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