Design Tips for Elegant Counters and Cabinets in a Tight Space

Installing new counters and cabinets in a kitchen is a dream for many individuals. Maybe you’ve been saving up for decades to afford the remodel, or perhaps you’ve dreamt of this kitchen since you were a child. Still though, you may have concerns about the tight space and how to make the kitchen look elegant despite the size. Implementing some strategies can help you to maximize both space and style.

Select Lighter Colors

Work with your remodeling team to select the colors that are the right match for the appliances and floors, but do steer yourself toward lighter colors. Opting for dark colors is likely to make the space look even smaller. This consideration is of optimal importance if you have darker appliances and floors. Of course, you want the cabinets and counters to blend with the style of the room, so you can choose colors that offer a balance.

Splurge on Materials

The cost of kitchen remodeling varies greatly, and a significant factor in the total price is the size of the kitchen. Having a smaller kitchen does come with some perks. Since you don’t have to worry about the price tag often attached to a larger kitchen, you can splurge on materials, which allows you to opt for decadent styles and sophisticated counters and cabinets.

Maximize Storage Space

Speak with your remodeling team about the best way to get the most cabinet space without having these features take over the kitchen. Dealing with a tight space likely means that you don’t want to leave tons of appliances out on the countertops. However, you don’t necessarily want to have to lug the appliances up from the basement every time that you want to use them either. Ample cabinet space can provide you with the room to store these appliances.

Let Tables Work Extra

You can also choose tables that will provide you with more counter and cabinet space. For example, look into adding a breakfast bar or an island with a butcher block on top and storage on the bottom. Matching this structure with the rest of your kitchen will provide a flow throughout the room, thereby amplifying the decor. Islands, breakfast bars and other such tables are available for kitchens of all sizes, so you can likely find one that will fit.

A tight kitchen doesn’t mean that you need to surrender style and space. Installing new countertops and cabinets provides the perfect opportunity to maximize the potential of your kitchen both aesthetically and practically.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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