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Design Ideas & Appliances for Your Small Kitchen

Here in the Washington, DC area, many homes are on the smaller side—and it can be frustrating to cook and entertain in limited space. But a small kitchen can be enjoyable and efficient with the right design. A thoughtful design takes into consideration your space and allows you to use what you have while introducing design elements you may have never considered!

Do you need ideas and design inspiration for your small kitchen?

Best Appliances for Small Kitchens

The best appliances for smaller kitchens include:

Microwave Drawer

Microwave Drawer

With these built-in appliances, the unattractive microwave/range hood combination hanging above a cooktop is history! Microwave drawers, which are tucked into 24- or 30-inch-wide base cabinets, are unobtrusive and leave extra room above the cooktop that can be used for cabinetry to help increase storage, which is valuable in small kitchens.

Speed Oven or Double Ovens

Double Ovens

A speed oven, similar to a microwave drawer, is integrated into cabinetry. Although they take up less space than regular ovens, these smaller ovens can’t handle as much capacity—they are meant for smaller loads. Do you cook a lot but don’t want to take up more room with an extra island? Consider double wall ovens, which are stacked one on top of the other.

Appliance Garage

Appliance Garage

Although not an appliance itself, an appliance garage is a convenient way to store away smaller appliances and clear up valuable counter space. Appliance garages can house things like blenders, toasters, coffee makers, and more—and they blend in seamlessly with your cabinetry when closed.

Best Design Elements & Features for Small Kitchens

Aside from the appliances, there are other design features you can incorporate into your small space:

Recessed Wall Niche

Wall Niche

Not only can custom wall niches add architectural interest to kitchens, but they add extra storage space without taking up any room! They are typically installed above cooking ranges and can be used to hold everyday items, like salt/pepper and other spices, cooking utensils, etc.

Banquette Seating

Banquette Seating

Banquette seating is another design element that can aesthetically enhance a kitchen and can be especially useful in smaller spaces. Built into walls, banquette seating can be space-saving and also provide extra storage. An alternative for adding more seating without getting a table, which can take up a considerable amount of space, is a two-tier island.

Small Kitchen Remodeling in DC

Do you need help transforming your small space from frustrating to fabulous? If you live in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Wentworth is the company to call! We have experience remodeling kitchens in townhouses, row houses, and other small homes.

View our kitchen gallery and get in touch with our team to get started today!

“ What appealed to the buyers…was the balance between the old and the new, the preservation of the original features of the house, set off by the new open and lighter look. A friend who showed the house to her cousin, an architect, told me that he liked the kitchen enormously and has used it to inspire his own designs. Highest form of flattery. ”

Susan, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
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