Open Shelving vs. Cabinets: Pros and Cons for Small Kitchens

an okotoks kitchen with open shelving and custom cabinets

Open shelving has seen increasing popularity in recent years. Which is better for small kitchens—open shelving or conventional cabinets with doors? Both options have merits, but they also come with drawbacks. In this blog post, we’ll explore the pros and cons of open shelving and cabinets to help you make an informed choice that suits your space, style, and storage needs.  Pros of Open Shelving With so many advantages of open shelving, its trending status is no surprise.  1. Visual Openness Open shelves can help you highlight visual elements in your small kitchen, like brickwork, wallpaper, backsplash tile, or an accent paint colour. Turn your shelving into art by displaying your spices in clear glass jars, showcasing seasonal dishes, or featuring a stunning vase with flowers.  Additionally, open shelving can make a small kitchen feel more spacious by creating a sense of airiness.  2. Accessibility With open shelving, everything is within easy reach. You can quickly grab what you need … Read more

7 Tips to Improve the Space, Style & Functionality of Your Small Kitchen in Okotoks

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Are you grappling with a small kitchen space? Many Okotoks homeowners in today’s housing market face the challenge of making the most of compact kitchens while maintaining functionality and style. In this article, we’ll explore a variety of tips and design ideas to help you transform your small kitchen into a functional and visually appealing space. 7 Practical Tips to Transform Your Small Kitchen in Okotoks Whether you’re planning a kitchen for a new home or preparing to remodel your kitchen, these practical tips will help you maximize your small kitchen so it can be a room you love to be in.  1. Apply Colour Psychology for Small Kitchens When dealing with limited space, colour matters immensely. White is a small kitchen’s best friend because it reflects light. If white doesn’t appeal to you, light colours create a sense of openness and airiness, making your kitchen appear more spacious. Add pops of colour with accessories or small decor items to … Read more

Small Kitchen Renovation: 25 Ways to Transform Your Home & Love Your Kitchen

small kitchen renovation with white cabinets, open shelving, and large windows

A small kitchen can be challenging to cook in and enjoy, but you can transform your kitchen from cluttered and cramped to convenient and classy. These 25 small kitchen renovation ideas will help you find the best design, lighting, and storage solutions to make your small kitchen a space you love. 25 Small Kitchen Renovation Ideas With the right strategy, a small kitchen renovation can transform your home and make your kitchen roomier, brighter, and more functional. Here are our best ideas and tips for your small kitchen reno. Small Kitchen Design Ideas Take a “less is more” approach to your small kitchen design. Make the best use of your small space by considering workflow and maximizing functionality.  1. Incorporate the work triangle The work triangle—a standard concept in kitchen design—is like an imaginary line between the sink, cooktop, fridge, and back to the sink. Its purpose is to minimize movement and maximize convenience. Learn more in How to Use … Read more

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