Home and garden notes, July 2

Home and garden notes, July 2
From Staff and Wire Reports Published: July 2, 2012
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Meetings

Water Garden Society of Oklahoma July Members Meeting, 7-8:45 p.m., July 11 at the Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36.

Workshops

Water Saving Landscapes, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Friday Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Save time and money on watering your landscape. Learn how to select drought-tolerant plants, as well as reduce watering practices for an environmentally-friendly space. Registration is required. Call 943-0827. Admission is free.

INTERIORS

Big design ideas for small kitchens

More baby boomers are downsizing from McMansions to smaller, more manageable houses, and a growing number of people are opting to rent rather than buy. As a result many families are looking for new ways to decorate, design and work with smaller spaces.

If you're looking to make a big impact in a small kitchen, here are a few ideas to get you started:

• Work on the walls. You may love your cozy kitchen, but that doesn't mean you want to make it look or feel any smaller than it already is. Lighter wall colors can help a little kitchen feel more open and airy. One winning decorating technique for small kitchens is to paint the majority of the wall space in a light neutral tone, like a pale cream or taupe and then add a pop of brighter or darker color to one accent wall or area. You can edge up the excitement of this technique by using a mural for kitchens on the accent wall, rather than just a different paint color.

• Smart-size your appliances. Sure that 30-cubic-foot stainless steel refrigerator is beautiful in the showroom, but how much will you love it when you can't fully open the door in your small kitchen? Refrigerators come in several sizes, so you should be able to find one that will fit your space. The same is true for stoves, microwaves and dishwashers.

• Get creative with storage. One of the biggest challenges of a small kitchen is finding space for everything from pots and pans to flatware, dishes and foodstuffs. Small spaces call for storage creativity. Whether you hang some pots and pans overhead, replace traditional cabinet shelves with pullout drawers or use special racks to store plates vertically, you can find plenty of creative small-kitchen storage solutions.

• Liven things up with light. Often, a small kitchen will have just one window — or no window at all. Yet light is an important way to make a tight space feel more expansive and inviting. Task lighting is essential for work areas in small spaces. Pendant lights can create ambience and provide practical illumination without sacrificing any wall space. And if you crave natural light for your windowless kitchen, consider installing a skylight. Tubular skylights can bring sunlight into your ground-floor kitchen even if there's a second floor above it.

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