Four Ways to Make a Small Kitchen Feel Bigger

For most homeowners, small kitchens with limited space to work, maneuver, and store things simply feel cramped and claustrophobic. If you are not willing or able to remove a wall to make your kitchen physically larger, there are a few tricks to kitchen remodeling in Milwaukee that can make this room seem bigger than it really is.

Keep Things Light

Create an illusion of more space by combining light-colored walls and cabinetry with light-reflecting surfaces like stainless steel and ceramic tile that will reflect the natural light that floods into your kitchen. Using a low-contrast color scheme for the walls and cabinets, or keeping them all the same color, creates a seamless look for the eye to skim over, while using different shades and textures of the same color, such as white, will keep the room from feeling too boring.

Incorporate Glass-Front Cabinet Doors

Glass-fronted doors allow a view into the interior of the cabinets, making the walls seem further away and the room bigger. For this trick to work, however, cabinets must be orderly, and preferably color-coordinated; a jumbled mess of dishes and food items will not only be unsightly, it will block the eye’s view into the depths of the cabinets and cancel out the room-enlarging effects of the glass doors.

Four Ways to Make a Small Kitchen Feel BiggerKick the Clutter

Cluttered counters make a space seem small and crowded. To give your kitchen the illusion of more space, streamline it by clearing off countertops, windowsills and even the tops of cabinets, leaving out only a few necessary items or personal touches. Store as much as you can in the pantry or lower cabinets, and add a corner appliance garage to hide appliances and other kitchen items from view while still keeping them accessible.

Smart Space Utilization

Creative space-saving solutions are essential for small kitchens. To make full use of dead space under lower cabinets, use pullout shelves that allow you to easily store and access pots, pans, or pantry items. Integrate the microwave into the cabinetry, using a shelf extension if necessary, to give you more counter space. Recessed shelving installed between wall studs is also a great way to add extra storage space while maximizing floor space.

If you need help with your kitchen remodeling in Brookfield, don’t hesitate to call Callen at 414-765-2585. We’ll have your small kitchen looking like a showplace in no time!



Ways to Add Dash of Color to Kitchens

Ways to Add Dash of Color to KitchensBlack, white, and stainless steel are the most popular options for appliances in today’s kitchen. After the infamous avocado green and harvest gold era, people have seemed hesitant to implement colorful appliances to their kitchens. Today, appliances come in a limitless variety of options and styles.

Doreen Schofield, CR, a designer with Callen, encourages homeowners to boost a kitchen’s appeal with modern, colorful appliances.

New color choices for refrigerators, dishwashers, and stoves bring a whole new spice to the kitchen. Choose which appliance you want to focus on and create a theme and color scheme based off it. “For a peaceful look, use analogous colors and add accessories in darker, richer colors for visual interest,” said Doreen.

She suggests making the range the focal point of the kitchen. “Cobalt blue has been a popular option for kitchen ranges and gives the entire room an eye-catching pop of color,” Doreen said.

Another popular option is to match the hood to the range for a complete and cohesive look. If you’re worried a brightly colored matching range and hood will stick out, Doreen recommends using accents to tie the room together. “Stainless steel accents will seamlessly tie the range in with your other appliances.” To add warmth to your kitchen, opt for copper accents instead of stainless steel.

Customize your cabinetry or backsplash to compliment your new bold appliance color. “Having high contrast with your appliances and cabinetry is a great way to draw the eye and truly make your kitchen unique,” she said.

If you’re not ready to jump head first into the color trend, start by just bringing in some accents. You can do this by switching out the knobs of your appliances or cabinets with a new bright color. Match this accent color with various accessories throughout the kitchen. The subtle addition of color will be intriguing and chic.

For more information or to arrange an initial showroom consultation, call Callen at 414-529-5509.



Plan Ahead: Remodeling to Do Before Next Year’s Holidays

If you are like most homeowners, the holidays tend to sneak up on you! With all the planning of menus and holiday guest lists, those home updates you had planned to do before your next holiday gathering probably took a back seat. Although it may be too late for pre-holiday completion, now is the perfect time to plan and implement home improvement projects, including kitchen remodeling in Milwaukee, to get your home ready for next year’s celebrations.

Replace Outdated Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets take up a lot of space in the kitchen, so cabinets that are old-fashioned and unattractive quickly make your kitchen look dated. There are many modern cabinet styles available to give your kitchen a fresh, new look, or you can stick with a timeless, classic design. The same goes for bathroom vanities. If you have the time and want to save yourself some money, try painting your cabinets and putting on some new hardware to make them stand out.

Plan Ahead: Remodeling to Do Before Next Year’s HolidaysAdd a Backsplash

A quick and easy way to give your kitchen new life is with a tile backsplash. While bright colors and bold patterns have been en vogue, the trends are moving toward tastefully understated backsplashes. These backsplashes add elegance while blending into the background, and will help protect your walls from stains and moisture damage. Ceramic, porcelain, or glass tiles are good material choices because they look great and won’t stain.

Transform a Breakfast Nook

A breakfast nook can become wasted space if it isn’t utilized properly, but with careful planning it can be the perfect solution for extra seating at your next holiday gathering. Make the most of your space by using a pedestal table with a round top, which allows for more seating than a square or rectangular table. Use a unique chandelier to add interest to the space, or go for something simpler if your table has a lot of detail. Thermal-lined window treatments will keep out the sun’s hot rays in the summer and protect against cold air in the winter.

If you would like to try one of these projects, or want to go bigger with a remodeling project such as basement finishing in Greenfield, WI, give the experts at Callen a call at 414-765-2585. We will get you on your way to the perfect set-up for your next family gathering.





Lighting Techniques for the Kitchen

When designing a kitchen, much attention is given to the countertops, cabinets, flooring, and appliances. But just as important is the lighting. Without the right types of lighting, a kitchen can look dull, dark, and dated.

“No single light source can provide all the necessary light for a kitchen. A well-lit kitchen layers and blends different types of light,” said Paulette Sodemann, a designer with Callen. “When planning kitchen lighting, we incorporate three main types: ambient, task, and accent. Every kitchen is different, so what works for one may not be appropriate for another, but here are some general guidelines.”

Lighting Techniques for the Kitchen

Ambient lighting provides the basic illumination of the kitchen, allowing you to see and move about safely. Typically this lighting is recessed in the ceiling (can lights) or flush mounted. Recessed lighting is best placed around the perimeter of the room. Ambient lighting can also be accomplished with a central, decorative chandelier, or wall mounted fixtures. Lighting above cabinets that do not reach all the way to the ceiling is another choice for ambient light.

Task lighting focuses directly on work surfaces such as food prep area, stoves, sinks or islands. Over an island, pendant lighting is a workable solution; on perimeter countertops, undercabinet lighting works well. Ideally, task lighting comes between a person’s head and the work surface, which makes lighting located below the upper cabinets so effective. Many times, a pendant light can also work over a sink in addition to the island, but this depends on the size of the kitchen.

Accent lighting is the finishing touch used to highlight an architectural feature or decorative items or collections. Accent lights can also be put into glass cabinets or above open cabinets with a high ceiling, in toe kick spaces, or even under island overhangs to create drama.

If the kitchen has a traditional eating area outside of the island, lighting there is critical too. Either a decorative pendant or a chandelier that fits the style of your kitchen are options.

“We also recommend dimmer switches for the times you don’t want an abundance of light. Dimmers on all your light switches will help you create the mood you want,” Paulette said.

For more information or to arrange an initial showroom consultation, call Callen at 414-529-5509.