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5 genius solutions for small kitchens

Postage stamp–sized kitchen? No problem! With a little bit of creativity you can maximize the style and functionality of every square inch.

1. Put your walls to use. Counter space is at a premium in small kitchens, so keep it clutter-free by using cupboards to store items that can’t be hung (casserole dishes, appliances) and, taking a page out of Julia Child’s book, hang pots and pans on a wall-mounted pegboard. Tip: Use hooks mounted under cupboards to store mugs.

2. Invest in a rolling cart. It’s a game-changer when it comes to small kitchen life. Use it for storage and then roll it out when you need extra counter space — like a mini-kitchen island. Tip: Holiday season? Transform into an instant bar cart.

Kitchen cart, $70, Ikea.

3. Get creative with your storage. Store infrequently used items up high and out of the way (like on the top of cabinets) and reduce clutter with a pot rack. Feeling creative? Use a ladder to hang pots with s-hooks and prop up against your wall.

Ceiling pot rack, $200, Crate&Barrel.

4. Get bold with colour. Have fun with your small space by painting it a dramatic colour. Whether you decide to paint the walls or the cupboards, a new colour has the power to transform a space and make it pop. We love how designer Julia Black painted her space dark and daring.

Photo, Sian Richards.

5. Utilize unused space. Want a breakfast table in your small kitchen? Transform a corner of your kitchen into a breakfast nook by installing a built-in bench. Or, for an even quicker DIY, install an elevated bar (using a simple shelf!) like Tiffany from Offbeat + Inspired blog completed in one weekend. Get the full DIY here.

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