3 Ways to Go Big on Style in Your Tiny Kitchen

published Mar 20, 2017
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We’re big fans of living in small spaces, so we’re majorly inspired by Kathryn and Perry’s 650-square-foot Denver, Colorado apartment. Their stylish pad is proof that just because your home — including your kitchen — happens to be on the tiny side, it doesn’t have to be bland and boring. Here are three decorating strategies to make sure your place is big on style (even if it’s not actually big).

Fun fact: The pair downsized to their current space from a 1,300-square-foot loft to live more in line with their “Have less, do more, be more” motto.

1. Don’t be afraid to go bold with your paint choice.

You might be tempted to choose a light color for your wee space, but don’t think you have to go with one of the many (many) shades of white. Going bold with paint in a small space can help the area stand out and have its own personality — and not one that screams, “Please ignore how tiny I am!”

For their snug 1920s kitchen, the duo chose a moody black paint. An unexpected choice for a small space? Sure. But thanks to ample light from a nearby window and lots of white (in the appliances, shelving, and floors), the effect is more stylish than it is confining.

(Image credit: Katheryn and Perry’s “Have Less Do More” Apartment)

2. Add shelving (judiciously).

A stack of bracketed shelves above the vintage stove does double duty as accessible storage and added visual interest (it helps if your dishes are pretty!). An extra-long shelf (in place of a table, which would be too big) creates a little breakfast bar. A big concern is usually that shelves will make a space feel closed off, but that’s obviously not the case here: All three shelves work together to make a stylish impact.

Buy: EKBY shelf, $15 at IKEA

(Image credit: Kathryn and Perry’s “Have Less Do More” Apartment)

3. Hang art on your walls.

The couple’s nearby eating nook has just as much drama as a full-sized dining room, thanks to a few factors, but mostly due to that oversized piece of artwork. Created by Kathryn herself, the sunny yellow piece designates the dining area as a special spot for meals and entertaining. There’s also that giant graphic calendar in the kitchen that really makes the space. The point: Even if your wall space is limited, fill it up!

See the rest of the space: Kathryn & Perry’s “Have Less Do More” Apartment at Apartment Therapy