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After finally saving up enough money to use as a down payment, I decided that it was time to hit the market. I met with a lender, got pre-approved for a loan, and then started visiting different properties. However, I quickly realized that I didn't know as much about real estate as I would have hoped. I wanted to find a great neighborhood and know what to ask the professionals, but I could tell that I needed a little help. To point me in the right direction, I started working with a great real estate agent who was familiar with the area. This blog is all about educating the general public on real estate matters.


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Small Kitchen Solutions

by Nathan Olson

If you are planning to sell your house or simply want to make your home more comfortable for your family, refreshing your kitchen is a good idea. A small kitchen is a particular challenge for homeowners. Fortunately, you can take a few affordable steps to make your kitchen look and feel larger and more appealing without adding square footage.

Paint Colors

Dark colors are always going to make your kitchen look smaller, so paint both the walls and the cabinets a light, neutral color. You do not have to go with white. Cream and light tans work well, too. However, if feel neutral walls make the room too bland, add little pops of color, including red, by placing a few accent pieces on the counter and in the cabinets.


The trend in appliances is usually to go bigger so that you can cook more and store more food at once, but in a small kitchen, these big stoves and refrigerators can make your space look even more cramped and crowded. By putting in smaller, apartment-size appliances, you can make your kitchen look bigger while making it easier to prepare meals. Sometimes, smaller is better, especially if two people need to be in the kitchen at once.

Glass Doors

Glass doors are a quick way to give your tiny kitchen style while making it look much bigger. Replacing solid wood with glass gives the entire room the illusion of space because you can see through to the back wall. Experts caution you not to stuff your cabinets with unnecessary knick knacks because that will defeat the purpose. If they are crowded, the cabinets look shallow.  


Investing in a skylight can really open up your little kitchen. It will draw your eye upward and make the room feel much larger. Natural light is always great for giving the illusion of space. This addition will probably cost you between $150 to $500 to buy and more for professional installation, but the effect is likely worth the price. Even a modest kitchen remodel adds resale value according to real estate experts. 

Your little kitchen doesn't have to be a big problem. Just a few modest changes can transform a "negative" room into a positive. Your kitchen, or even your entire home, doesn't have to be large to be comfortable and attractive. If your kitchen seems larger than it is, you and your family win. Contact a real estate agent for more information.