Aim for a monochromatic feel in your small kitchen, as well, to help it feel larger. You can use a countertop and cabinets in a similar color, then get a bit of contrast in the tile backsplash. In larger kitchens, you can mix countertop materials, but we recommend sticking with one material in a smaller space.
In all kitchens, big or small, good lighting is vital. Task lighting, overall lighting and accent lighting layer on top of each other to create a safe and welcoming kitchen. If your kitchen opens to other living spaces, remember to add a dimming feature to the kitchen lighting. That way, when it’s time to serve dinner, you can lower the lights and forget the dishes in the sink for a while.
Whether you’re planning a kitchen for someone with special needs or just want to create a space that will work well now and in the future, universal design principles are a good place to start. The point of universal design is that your space should be welcoming and accessible to a wide variety of people, regardless of their age, size, or ability. Whether you decide to go this route or not, it’s a smart thing to at least think about when planning your kitchen.
FLOORING: Choose comfortable, slip-resistant flooring, such as cork, to make moving throughout the kitchen safe for everyone.
KITCHEN ISLAND: Islands are great additions to any kitchen space. Make sure yours has at least 42-58 inches of space around it to offer maximum mobility for all.
MICROWAVE: Installing the microwave in an island base will ensure people of all ages and abilities can reach it.