Kitchen & Bath Design News

JUN 2019

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Tight kitchen spaces present a range of challenges, but savvy designers rely on creative storage, color cues and visual tricks to make them live large. BY ANITA SHAW Small but Mighty ood things come in small packages" is a popular sentiment that is widely known – and often disputed – depending upon the contents. When it comes to small kitchens, clever design is what translates to good, and even great, status. According to Tracey Stephens, founder and owner, Tracey Stephens Interior Design, Inc. in Montclair, NJ, the major complaints clients have about kitchens of any size is that there is too much clutter and not enough storage or counter space, and that the layout is too crowded for more than one cook at a time. For the smaller-sized kitchen, these issues are mag- nified. But experienced designers aren't daunted by lack of space, instead arming themselves with an arsenal of tactics to deliver small kitchens that overachieve. THE WELL-EXECUTED PLAN A smaller footprint doesn't have to mean less storage or func- tion, according to designers. In fact, the constraint on space means every single inch is considered for its possibilities. "When a kitchen has a smaller footprint, it is very important to make sure that there is a continuous workspace for efficien- cy and continuity, and to plan so that everything to be stored and all planned uses for the kitchen have designated places," emphasizes Kim Feld, CKD, CBD, NCIDQ, design/sales, Perspective Cabinetry & Design in Webster Groves, MO. "Too much disjointed workspace won't be used." To gain as much continuous workspace as possible and to open up the space, Nadja Pentic, owner, KNOCKNOCK in Oakland, CA favors a particular design strategy when working with less "G 48 Kitchen & Bath Design News • June 2019 KITCHEN TRENDS

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