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Small Kitchen Decorating Ideas For Home Staging Stage My Own Home

Small Kitchen Decorating Ideas For Home Staging Stage My Own Home Small Kitchen Decorating Ideas For Home Staging Stage My Own Home

Remove a door and widen the door frame to increase the sense of space.

If you have a place at your kitchen island for seating, be sure to put bar stools or chairs under it. This will show buyers know that it’s a great place to hang out.

Large windows and lots of natural light can make a small kitchen feel open and airy

An all white room can often be too intense. Punctuate the small space with spots of color using, kitchen accessories, artwork, fresh cut flowers or live greens.

Your eye will be pulled into the cabinets and to the back, making your kitchen appear more expansive by extending sight lines. Avoid using dark colored glass and keep the interiors nicely staged.

Staging the kitchen before placing your home on the real estate market can make the difference between a quick sale or having your home linger on the market for months. 

If adding window treatments to a small kitchen, keep them the same color as the walls to avoid contrast in the space, or simply go without.

Kitchens rank very high on a home buyer’s priority list, and the condition of your kitchen can make or break a home sale. 

Gain a few inches of countertop by installing a 24” cooktop instead of a standard 30-36” one.

If your kitchen backsplash is busy, patterned or just plain gaudy, consider replacing it with classic subway tile in a light, neutral color. Expand and unify the kitchen by sticking to one neutral palette on the walls, cabinets, and backsplash.

This includes electrical outlets as well– match them (as close as possible) to wall colors to keep the eye from stopping at each one. I see many kitchens where the backsplash contrasts with these features, creating a staggering line of outlets and switchplates that break the flow of the eye.

If you are putting in new kitchen cabinets, consider going all the way to the ceiling with the cupboards. Not only will this give you more storage space, it will create stronger vertical lines that will visually expand your small kitchen.

See small kitchen decorating ideas for more tips.See color theory to view pictures of monotone and monochromatic color schemes that help small rooms appear more spacious than they really are. More kitchen home staging tips Open window blinds to let in as much natural light as possible.

Make sure that the windows are sparkling clean!Turn on all the kitchen lights before viewings.If your cabinets are dark, paint your walls in a light neutral color. Dark cabinets will look striking against light walls.

Create an accent wall in the kitchen to serve as a focal point. A darker pop of color will certainly add some excitement to the space. Place some floating shelves on the wall to add some depth and interest.

When staging the kitchen for sale, don’t go too bold in your color choice, and keep the other walls neutral.

With high expectations for this room, home buyers are looking for updated kitchens with that “holy grail” duo of stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.

Create a long path that the eye can glide along without interruption by painting wide horizontal stripes, oversized diamonds, or other elongated geometric patterns on the floor. This’ll have the effect of visually widening the room. I don’t recommend painting the hardwood floors before selling your house, though, unless the color change is very subtle.

For kitchen nooks or eat-in kitchens with just enough room for a small table, see the video below by RealEstate4NH from the Home Staging Channel.

If you plan on doing a kitchen renovation before placing your home on the market, avoid making it too trendy. Kitchen decor styles are fickle, and you don’t want to invest in a kitchen renovation that loses favor five years down the road! Home buyers know this and may not want to buy a house where the most expensive room is too “taste specific” or trendy.

You don’t have room for a standard fridge? An under-counter model might be the solution.

Introducing pattern and texture will bring life and movement to a small kitchen.

Eliminate clutter and clear off counters. Avoid creating lots of vignettes that can diminish the counter space. At most, add one item, like a flowering plant or bowl of fruit. Avoid using patterns in tile, flooring materials and fabrics.

Patterns can be busy, and busy comes across as cluttered.

When staging kitchen countertops, don’t go overboard with your kitchen decor. I have seen many before-and-after staging photos where the “after” photo looked more cluttered than the “before.”

When using a monochromatic color scheme, select a monochromatic print of the same color.

Vertical stripes on the walls or backsplash can elongate and bring movement to a room. 

If your kitchen appliances are in really bad shape, you might consider buying new ones. They don’t have to be expensive. The fact that they are new and clean will have a lot of appeal to home buyers.

Kitchen fixtures should be simple and compact in a small kitchen. For small sinks, install an articulated faucet that bends out of the way to make room for large pots and pans. Or, mount faucets on the wall instead of on the sink area to provide more countertop space.

Patterned window treatments add interest to this small kitchen

A kitchen with insufficient lighting is a depressing place to be. Who wants to cook in a dark gloomy space?

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Buyers love kitchen islands! If you have room, add a moveable unit.

White can visually expand a small space. Open legged furniture extends sight lines.

Applying small kitchen decorating ideas will help it to show better on the real estate market. 

What NOT to do in the staged kitchen! Don’t leave bottles of dish soap, froggy soap dispensers, washrags, scrub brushes, and sponges at the sink. When I was a Realtor, I used to stash these items under the sink when doing open houses! Don’t leave a dish rack next to the sink unless it’s gorgeous and you have tons of counter space! Don’t hang grimy dishtowels and potholders.

Banish all magnets, photographs and shopping lists from the front of your fridge. Never have a garbage can on display during viewings! If you can’t hide it under the sink or inside a kitchen cabinet, take it outside during viewings.

A kitchen with an exposed garbage can screams, “No room!” Avoid cutesy fabric accessories and knick-knacks when staging the kitchen.They will look dingy and will make the kitchen look cluttered and dated.

Avoid grouping lots of tiny objects together. The only impact they will have is one of clutter. Use large accessories– they will become more important.

Clear accessories and objects matching the wall color will take up less visual space

Or, do away with the need for a range hood by installing a cooktop with built-in downdraft system. 

Knowing a few basic rules of color theory will guide you to make good choices with your small kitchen decorating ideas.

Lots of natural light flooding into a room creates a feeling of airiness, translating into spaciousness. Keep window treatments minimal, or simply go without. Remove heavy or dark window treatments, which can be oppressive and block natural light.

 For a small kitchen lacking natural light, consider installing a large window. Extending sight lines to the outdoors will instantly make a tiny kitchen feel bigger.Or, install a skylight or solar tube to bring natural light in from above.

Hang a mirror opposite a window or where it will reflect a light fixture to scatter and bounce light around the kitchen. Lighting fixtures

Your goal is to make your home appeal to the largest number of home buyers possible. 

Color is one of the keys to successful decorating— it can work magic by visually expanding or shrinking space and raising or lowering ceilings.

Dark corners and shadowy recesses along the countertops will strain your eyes and make your kitchen seem smaller. A kitchen should have a good mix of natural, task and ambient lighting.

Remove the art gallery from your refrigerator door! Anything on the outside of the fridge will make the entire kitchen look cluttered. See cleaning your refrigerator for fridge staging tips.

Range hoods can be bulky and take up a lot of visual space. If you’re planning on replacing your range hood, choose a streamlined or see-through model that takes up very little space.

Use open or floating shelves, (as in the photo on the right) in place of upper cabinets. This can visually expand the space in a small kitchen by drawing your eye all the way to the wall. Floating shelves don’t have ugly hardware and brackets taking up valuable visual space.

 Use a light color palette of no more than two or three different tones. If cabinets and walls are all the same light color, the small space will appear larger. Limit the number of accessories on display on open shelves or inside glass-fronted cabinets.

Keep them neat and arrange in odd numbers. See art of accessorizing. Paint the ceiling white to draw the eye upward.Use a cool color on the walls– cool colors will cause a space to visually recede. Cool colors; blues, purples and greens; or look for neutrals with cool undertones.

If your refrigerator is massive and is an unwelcome focal point in your small kitchen, consider replacing it with a smaller one that will fit flush with the cabinets. (Take the big fridge with you to your new house!)Use vertical lines in a small space with a low ceiling to draw the eye upward, like placing backsplash tiles vertically instead of horizontally.

When accessorizing open shelves, keep plenty of space around objects. This creates breathing room, which translates to that open, airy feeling. Focus on staging with a few standout accessories, rather then a collection of small objects, which can look cluttered.

Countertops aren’t the only recipients of overcrowding. Windowsills, refridgerators and upper cabinet tops are also recepticals for clutter.

Consider adding under-cabinet lighting to flood the space with light. Under-cabinet lighting will improve the look, function and safety of your kitchen.For task lighting, like pendent or track lighting, select a clear glass or see-through pendent lighting fixture to extend sight lines.

House hunters love the ambience that recessed lighting provides! Recessed lighting is the answer for low ceilings, because the fixtures don’t protrude into the room. Furniture for a small kitchen Using fewer pieces of furniture instead of many small ones that can make a room feel less crowded.

Horizontal stripes on the walls or backsplash can visually raise a low ceiling. 

Interior designers say that the eye travels more quickly through a small space, so it’s important to keep it moving as long as possible. Eliminating things that stop the flow of the eye; clutter, contrasts in color, dark window treatments, etc., will help with this. 

Glass-faced cabinets add depth because you can see all the way to the back

Light colored flooring will open up a small kitchen. Kitchen cabinets, walls, and floor in similar colors work in conjunction to visually enlarge a small space.

Limit yourself to no more than two appliances on the kitchen countertops, IF you have plenty of space. For small kitchens, remove all appliances. I know this is difficult if you are occupying your home during the sale, but remember, your goal is to make your kitchen look more spacious.

Place a live plant or vase of flowers on the counter– just one will do the trick.Create one tempting vignette on a kitchen counter, using elegant bottles of oil and vinaigrettes in varying heights and shapes.

Place together with a small breadboard, bread knife, and a rustic loaf of bread. Lay out contemporary (no ruffles or lace!) placemats, place settings, wine glasses for two, with a bottle of wine on your island countertop or peninsula.

Practically everything looks good when arranged on a tray. Be creative, create a vignette inside the tray with; a tea set, desserts, a loaf of homemade bread, glass containers filled with herbs, a utensil crock, and so on.

Cupcakes or cookies look irresistible when placed on a pretty tiered cake stand!

Answer: The kitchen staging faux pas was the garbage pail left out in plain sight.

Remove or open up a section of a wall separating the kitchen from an adjoining room. It won’t increase the size of the kitchen, but will bring in more light and extend sight lines.

For small kitchen design help, see small kitchen decorating ideas for diy tips on making a small room appear more spacious.

Every countertop doesn’t need to be filled with fruit, appliances, vignettes or trailing ivy. I see many pictures of staged kitchens with ivy strewn across the countertops, tucked in a pile in a corner, or creeping down the sides of upper cabinets! The result always looks messy.

Open shelving reduces visual weight and adds extra depth by allowing your eye to travel all the way to the wall.

Select furniture with a small footprint to reveal as much floor space as possible.The farther the eye can see into a room, the larger it will seem. Keep traffic areas clear of furniture. Furniture blocking the view into a room can also make it look cramped.

Select low profile furniture for open concept rooms to keep sight lines open. For instance, in a kitchen/living room combo, use a sofa with a low back or an armless low-backed chair. In the kitchen, use bar stools without backs.

Avoid cumbersome furniture with a large pedestal or heavy ornamental carvings. Instead, select furniture with open framework, features that allow you to see the floors and walls beyond.  If you have room for a small mobile island, select one with an open framework that allows you to see through to the other side.

 For eat-in kitchens, consider a dining table with a glass top and open metal legs.Remove all the leaves from a dining table, and place no more than 2 to 4 chairs around it. See staging the dining room.

For island seating, choose backless barstools that tuck neatly under the counter ledge. Steal space or remove a door

Before staging the kitchen, you should declutter, clean, and make any necessary repairs.

Kitchen cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling will create the effect of visually raising the ceiling, plus give you more storage!A less expensive option is to add accent molding to the tops of the cabinets to direct the eye upward.

 If upper cabinets don’t extend to the ceiling, a FEW well placed accessories, like large decorative plates, baskets, or framed prints along the tops of the cabinets can increase perceived ceiling height.

When home staging, be stingy with accessories to avoid a cluttered look. Avoid stringing fake ivy above the kitchen cabinets as well— it looks messy. See staging the kitchen.Use objects with elongated patterns or shapes that direct the eye upward.

The range hood in a small kitchen

This home design tactic tricks you into thinking the space is larger than it is. Abrupt shifts from dark to light will trip the eye. 

Swathing an entire kitchen in white will create a uninterrupted space without breaks of color contrast that prevent the eye from moving on.

Kitchen appliances should always match when you’re selling your home. These days, you can find kitchen appliances that will accommodate any size kitchen. 

No matter, there are plenty of home staging tips and small kitchen decorating ideas that can help visually expand the space, create storage solutions, and make your kitchen more inviting to buyers.

Drawing the eye vertically can make a room appear taller than it really is. If you have a low ceiling in your small kitchen, there are a few tricks you can employ to fool the eye.

Create a tempting vignette using elegant bottles of oil and vinegrettes in varying shapes and sizes on the counter top next to a small breadboard, bread knife, and a loaf of bread.

See-through lighting fixtures will extend sight lines in a small space

Storing stuff on kitchen counters shows buyers that you don’t have enough storage!

Follow the advice of HGTV interior designer, Sabrina Soto. “Never use an accessory smaller than the size of a grapefruit.”

Use white or another pale color on a low ceiling to visually raise the space above.

The most important thing to know about kitchen appliances when selling your home, whether they are stainless steel, white, or black, is that they should all match!

A small kitchen is definitely a disadvantage when trying to compete in the market place. Because tiny kitchens can look cramped and uncomfortable to work in, many buyers will walk away no matter how great the rest of the house may be. 

When accessorizing kitchen countertops, keep it simple and sparse. Avoid complicated vignettes with too many objects.

In super tiny kitchens, remove ALL appliances from the countertops. Keep one cabinet empty to quickly stash appliances inside when buyers are expected.

Reflective surfaces, like glass tile backsplash, stainless steel, sleek cabinets and shiny hardwood floors will illuminate your kitchen by amplifying natural and artificial light.

Microwaves can be built into cabinetry or hung underneath. Please don’t leave a microwave sitting on the counter–it screams, “No room!” and takes up precious counter space.

Many buyers base their home buying decision on the size, style and condition of the kitchen, so having a fantastic kitchen is definitely a bonus. Unfortunately, many of us lack that gorgeous kitchen that will blow home buyers away.

Below is a video by “for dummies” with some basic tips on staging your kitchen for sale. The video contains one staging faux pas… let’s see if you can spot it. Check your answer at the bottom of the page.      

If you have an older, but still functional electric stove, buy shiny new burner plates. Make sure the entire stovetop gleams as much as the new burner plates.

Floating shelves are the most effective shelf style for home staging, because they take up less visual space than those with heavy corbels or ugly brackets.

Display a live plant, vase of flowers, or a bowl of brightly colored fruit on the countertop. 

An alternative to painting stripes is to place a long striped runner on the floor. Remember the warning about wearing horizontal stripes? That works for floors too!

Don’t crowd too many chairs around the island in the attempt to impress home buyers with the number of  people who can fit there. The effect will only make your kitchen look smaller and crowded.Set out a couple of colorful placemats and table settings at the bar area when staging the kitchen.

No island? If you have a single wall of kitchen cabinets and plenty of floorspace, consider getting an inexpensive rolling cart with an wood top and storage underneath. Another option is a free-standing butcher block table.

Wood is a popular choice right now with many beautiful options available. Wood warms up a kitchen and home buyers will appreciate the extra storage and workspace. Another option when staging the kitchen is a free-standing table in the middle of the kitchen.

A rustic farm table with warm wood tones will add charm and character, in addition to providing more work surface. You should have at least three feet of maneuverable space around an island. Make small kitchens look larger

Avoid scattering small rugs around a tiny kitchen. It’ll look cluttered and chopped up. 

This home decor style combines varying shades of one color in different shades, tints, tones and textures. Any color can be used, but stick to neutrals, like whites, beiges, tans and grays.

Avoid complicated details, like ruffles, swags and bows in your windows. Use valances or shades, or blinds—aim for a clean contemporary look and maximum natural light.

Keep it simple, yet elegant. Keep in mind that the more bare countertop you see, the larger the workspace will appear. Following are a few interior design ideas for staging:

A mirrored backsplash may seem like a “no-brainer,” but they’re actually very “taste specific” and require constant cleaning. Instead, put up a light colored tiled backsplash that’ll reflect light and increase the feeling of openness in the space.

Your oven and dishwasher should be spotless inside and out when staging the kitchen. Home buyers WILL open them to peek inside. If they are squeaky clean, buyers will get the impression that the appliances have been well taken care of.

To avoid abrupt color changes, link adjacent spaces with the same flooring, or at least the same color if floors are made of different materials.

Staging the KitchenDIY Home Staging Tipsfor a faster, more profitable home sale

Taking kitchen cabinets all the way to the ceiling can add visual height

A monochromatic, or low-contrast color scheme, is the most successful color palette for small room designs. This style will create harmony, visual cohesion and a sense of relaxation.

Add pattern and texture to your small kitchen in the window treatments, accessories, chair cushions, flooring, area rugs or lighting fixtures. Not all at once, though!

Some small kitchen decorating ideas may include sacrificing a few upper cabinets and installing open shelving in their place.

Pale colors and lots of natural light can visually expand a small space

Illusion is a valuable tool in the home stager’s bag of tricks, and small spaces especially benefit from it! Following are some tips to visually expand a small kitchen:

Pale paint colors reflect and multiply light.Light colors will appear to push walls back. Dark paint colors absorb and deflect light, and can make a small space feel closed in.Cool paint colors appear to retreat, while warm colors seem to advance.

 Cool whites, creams, soft grays, greens, blues, pale colors in general, are all receding colors that reflect light, creating a feeling of spaciousness. Successful room designs will have a combination of cool and warm colors in the design palette, but one or the other should dominate.

 Warm, pale paint colors are great for kitchens. Accent warm wall colors by painting trimwork white for a fresh, contemporary look.Nothing freshens a room faster than new paint colors. Many people put off painting because they’re afraid of making a color mistake.

So what! A can of paint is the cheapest and easiest way to instantly change your home decor. Always try paint samples on the walls before painting an entire room. Neutral color undertones are often hard to see until they’re up on a wall.

Check out the color samples under natural and artificial lighting, as colors will change under different lighting.Incandescent lights will add a warm yellow cast to colors, whereas fluorescents add a cool cast.

Halogen lights produce a white light with very little color distortion. Too much of one color can upset the harmony in a room. Kitchen cabinets painted the same light color as the walls will appear to blend into the walls, creating a greater feeling of spaciousness.

Dark cabinets can create the illusion that the room is much smaller than it is. To create a feeling of maximum space, use the same light color palette on the walls, floors, cabinets, window treatments and trimwork.

 Employ a light hand when adding pops of color, using no more than two or three colors in a tiny space. Small kitchen decorating ideas for pattern and texture

Most people respond positively to light neutral colors. We have all seen successful powder and dining rooms in dark paint colors– this is to make them appear cozy and intimate. But, since dark colors don’t appeal to everyone, this isn’t the best choice when selling your home.

Fill a wire basket with natural colored eggs, or arrange a cluster of grapes to flow gracefully over the edge of your favorite bowl.

Texture adds interest when light hits the uneven surfaces, bringing varying degrees of lights and darks of the same color.

Make sure that the fridge fits flush with the kitchen cabinets. An overly large fridge that juts out into the room looks awkward and overwhelming.

Removing everything from the kitchen countertops can instantly make your kitchen look larger! If you have viewers coming over, remove all but your prettiest appliance from the counter.

If your kitchen lacks pizzaz, consider adding a new lighting fixture that will serve as a focal point and lend an air of elegance and sparkle.Kitchens have lots of hard edges that can be softened with window treatments.

 Add a simple window valance for color and texture. Keep the valance classic with clean lines. No poufs or ruffles, please.Large windows that let in too much blazing light can be treated with attractive sillouette blinds.

Sillouette blinds filter and soften harsh glare and will cool the kitchen down. 

A great home staging tip is to decorate shelving with objects the same color as the wall. 

Simply removing a door can feel more roomy. Or, replace a regular door with a pocket door. 

The reflective backsplash adds luminosity to this small kitchen

During holidays, fill bowls with pomegranates or mandarin oranges.

By swapping out some (or all) of the upper kitchen cabinet doors and with glass, you’ll be lightening up the cabinets and creating extra depth in your kitchen.

If your kitchen doesn’t meet these standards, don’t despair! You don’t have to do a complete kitchen renovation to sell your home fast. There are many diy fixes and home staging tips that can make your kitchen look more appealing to a wider number of home buyers.

Many people may yawn at the idea of a room that is designed around one color, but by incorporating variations in tones, textures, and accessorizing with glass, metals, objects from nature, greenery, etc., you can create a feeling of spaciousness and sophistication.

Be sure that the work station (sink, stove, and fridge) has proper task lighting when staging the kitchen. If not, install strip lighting under the cabinets for task lighting. Go to lighting for kitchen lighting ideas.

Apply affordable battery-operated puck lighting for task lighting. Puck lights stick on with an adhesive, you simply press them into place wherever you want. Puck lights can be found at any home center store, or Amazon.

Display colorful fruit in a pretty bowl or basket. Oranges, limes, and lemons add a fresh splash of color to any kitchen decor, and will make feng shui buyers happy. During the holidays, fill bowls or glass containers with pomegranates or mandarins.

Fill a wire or straw basket with natural colored eggs.Add a cluster of grapes to your kitchen decor, allowing them to flow creatively over the edge of a bowl.To freshen your kitchen before viewings, run some lemon or lime halves through the garbage disposal.

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