Designing a kitchen with a low ceiling can be a bit challenging, but it can look just as stylish and provide just as much storage space as a room of average height. The design of the kitchen must coordinate with the size and height of the space. Colors and lighting can also make a significant difference. Consider using these tips on designing a kitchen with a low ceiling. They are ideal for basement apartments and other homes with lower overhead space.
I am currently in the process of designing a kitchen for a client with an old basement apartment. It is terribly outdated, and the current layout does not make the most of available space. I had a few designs in mind, but with the input of the client, I have narrowed it down. I plan on using the following options for designing a kitchen with a low ceiling. The client’s renter will have a lot more storage, and the room will appear stylish, bright and not at all like a room in a basement.
Install Short Upper Cabinets Instead of the Standard Variety
When a kitchen ceiling is low, the height of average upper cabinets can be a big problem. Use a row of short upper cabinets that are designed for the space above a refrigerator instead. When a ceiling is low, the shorter cabinets will appear normal in size and scale.
Paint the Ceiling White
A low ceiling can appear higher or lower than ever. The visual height depends upon the color. When designing a kitchen with a low overhead space, choose bright white paint. Apply high hiding white primer if it was covered in another hue, and finish with crisp white paint. The lack of color will give the ceiling visual height, and the kitchen will have a more open feel.
Make it Naturally Light and Bright
It takes more than paint to make a kitchen appear naturally light and bright. Do not cover kitchen windows with heavy blinds or drapes. Allow natural light to shine in, and use lightweight sheers instead. A kitchen that is naturally luminous will appear larger, and the ceiling will seem higher than it actually is.
Opt for Shallow Box Lights Instead of a Chandelier or Fan
Many homeowners make the mistake of installing light fixtures that do not fit the spaces they adorn. They select fixtures based on appearance alone. When designing a kitchen with a low ceiling, opt for shallow box lights instead of a chandelier or a fan with a light kit. Even a fan that hugs the ceiling can be too much for a room with low overhead space. Select something sleek, stylish and efficient. Light fixtures can make a remarkable difference when designing a kitchen with a low ceiling, and they can look absolutely amazing.
Source: Personal and Professional Home Design and Decorating Experience