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Maximize Kitchen Space Julia Child Style

Posted by Daltile Team on Jan 14, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Dreaming of a bigger kitchen? Maybe a gourmet kitchen with space for entertaining? Even if you can’t have your dream kitchen right now, you can turn what you’ve got into a space fit for Julia Child.

Speaking of Julia Child, did you ever see her kitchen? It wasn’t huge; it was enclosed, and it was filled to the brim. It was also a place where many gourmet meals were cooked and friends were entertained. It was a place of joy. In fact, you can see a replica of it in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Here’s what you can learn from Julia’s kitchen.

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By 'Matthew G. Bisanz, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7977521

Store stuff you don’t use often somewhere else: hall closet, spare bedroom, boxes on top of the cabinets, etc.

An adjustable table or moveable island gives you storage and counter space when you need it but can be quickly stowed away when you need the real estate for other purposes.

Make the most of natural light. Light opens up a space and makes it feel and look bigger. Simple, light colors have a similar effect.

Use the walls as storage and don’t be afraid to go all the way up to the ceiling. Julia was the master at this. Check out that peg board!

Organize things by how and when you use them, i.e. dishes stored next to the dishwasher for easy put away, spatulas next to the mixer.

Magnets, clips, hangers, paper/magazine holders, extra shelves, towel rods, canisters, etc. all help you maximize your kitchen storage. Use them inside cupboards and drawers, on walls, ends of countertops, even above the cupboards next to the ceiling.

Knock out walls and other separators that segment the space. An open format is a more spacious-feeling format.

The right sized tile can make your kitchen feel spacious. It should be proportionate to the room. Too large or too small a tile will shrink the room. But don’t limit yourself; often a larger tile in a small space can visually make it seem bigger.

Talk with a design consultant at one of our Daltile showrooms to find the tile that’s the best fit for your cozy kitchen.

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