Tips for Decorating a Small Kitchen in Your NYC Apartment
Decorating a small kitchen is a fun challenge that can yield amazing results! Keep organized and get creative, and you’ll see that a small kitchen can be both stylish and functional. Here are some ways to make the most out your kitchen space.
Many NYC apartments come equipped with tiny kitchens. Decorating a small kitchen can seem daunting or difficult, but you shouldn’t let it deter you! You can create a functional and stylish kitchen, no matter how small the space. Here are some tips:
The first step for decorating a small kitchen is to organize and pare down your kitchen items. Having trouble deciding what to keep and what to get rid of? The important thing is that your pieces blend well together and that you only keep the kitchen items that you love. Simple white dishes are timeless and classic, allowing the food to take center stage; of course, pastel or brightly colored dishes and cups can be fun as well.
Then group related items together in your cabinets or on your shelves, such as mugs, cups, plates, and silverware. It’s also helpful to group all baking items together, so that when you bake, you don’t have to hunt through your cabinets to find your cupcake liners or your mixing bowls.
Paint Your Kitchen
If your kitchen cabinets have seen better days, consider painting them! This can change the whole look of your small kitchen. But first, make sure to check with your landlord or building manager. If you get the go-ahead, do your research. Think about not only color choice, but also painting technique: Find out if your cabinets are made of a material that requires special paint or priming.
For a dramatic example, blogger Alaina Kaczmarski painted her kitchen cabinets black, and it had a transformative effect on her rental apartment’s kitchen.
Food storage is important in a New York City kitchen. Get yourself simple, stylish, and airtight glass containers for your grains, cereal, pasta, and other dry goods. This looks great and also keeps things clean. If you don’t have drawers in your apartment to hold silverware, you can place cutlery in mason jars — it’s a functional and stylish solution. Wooden utensils (such as large wooden spoons) always look chic in a simple glass jar on the counter.
Pick Up a Spice Rack
A spice rack is a very useful item for a small kitchen. Cooking will be more fun when all of your spices are organized in one place, plus a stylish spice rack can make for an eye-catching display. Check The Container Store for attractive and space-saving options. Some can even be hung on the wall, which saves you even more counter space.
Add Something Special
Add pizzazz to your small kitchen by picking up a special piece that best reflects your culinary personality. If you’re a devoted baker, for example, save up for a beautiful KitchenAid stand mixer! It’s useful, and it also looks gorgeous on the counter. Many kitchen accessories these days are both attractive and functional, so find something that you love and keep it on display. Even just a beautiful bowl with fruit in it can bring a lot of style to an empty kitchen countertop. Strive to keep your countertops as empty as possible, aside from these special pieces. This will keep things looking airy and clean.
Decorating a small kitchen is a fun challenge that can yield amazing results! Keep organized and get creative, and you’ll see that a small kitchen can be both stylish and functional.