10 Essential Tips For Renovating Small NYC Kitchens

10 Essential Tips For Renovating Small NYC Kitchens

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Written for Renovating NYC (By Gail Green)

Decorating / designing a small kitchen can be a challenge, but New York City-based designer Gail Green, of Gail Green Interiors, offers “10 Essential Tips For Renovating Small NYC Kitchens” that will help you transform your space quickly—and without breaking the bank!

With more than thirty years of interior design and decorating experience with spaces of all shapes, colors, and SIZES, Green’s work has been featured in House Beautiful, House & Garden, Elle Decor, and The New York Times Magazine, and she has appeared on NBC’s Designer Living, CNN’s Style with Elsa Klensch and NBC’s Today.

In her new book AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO INTERIOR DESIGN FOR SMALL SPACES: How to Create a Beautiful Home Quickly, Effectively and on a Budget, Green introduces you to interior design basics and teaches you how to make a small space look bigger, how to choose the best colors and furniture for small rooms and how to organize a small space on any budget. Renters will discover landlord-approved ideas and tricks, and homeowners will learn how to increase property value through minor reservations.

1. In a long, narrow galley kitchen, drop the ceiling and install down lights. By doing so, the walls will appear to thrust out, adding breadth to an otherwise narrow space. In addition, the down lights will provide extra lighting in the room.

2. Create flying beams to tie the kitchen and dining room together – with flying beams that, like a string in the air, will connect the two above, but not create a barrier wall. They are also of architectural interest.

3. Paint the ceiling of a long, narrow space a darker color than the two contiguous walls thus giving the illusion that the space is wider than it is.

4. Create a soffit with down lights over the kitchen cabinets for better and more counter lighting. In addition, it will create a more refined finish to the cabinet tops by stopping at the soffit that will run around the kitchen perimeter, creating one continuous look at the ceiling.

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