5 Ways This Small Kitchen Maximizes Space

Kitchen
Photography by Scot Zimmerman
4. Vertical Cabinets

Since the living area shares an open floor plan with the kitchen, only two sides of the kitchen area was available for cabinets and appliances. For more storage on those walls, cabinets were added vertically, one on top of the other. A permanent ladder made the cabinets accessible. By maximizing the space vertically, the small space performs just as well as a larger one.

Kitchen
Photography by Scot Zimmerman
5. Aesthetic Accents 

There is simplicity to the painted cottage-style cabinets and white apron-front farmhouse sink. The consistent color palette in the ivory cabinets, the range hood, and the white subway tile backsplash gives the design an uncluttered appearance. At the same time, the choice of a lustrous black for the countertops adds sophistication by creating the black and white color scheme.

Get to Know the Designer

Sheri Russell of Park City, Utah, is the interior designer responsible for the revamped kitchen design—a design that came with a unique set of challenges. “[The kitchen] was full of design and flow challenges that invariably created opportunities for better utilization of space,” she recalls. “The high-vaulted ceiling allowed for higher cabinets, and I had a rolling ladder installed for conveniently accessing the high cabinets.” The track for the rolling ladder is echoed in the cabinet design, and it visually anchors the height of the space. Similarly, the black granite countertops provide another strong horizontal element, and the eye-catching pendant light fixtures are a third way Sheri’s design offsets the sense of height in the room.

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