The most essential tips on how to decorate your kitchen

1. Embrace the One-Wall Layout

In the age of open kitchens with sprawling breakfast islands, it seems almost unfathomable to have an entire kitchen restricted to one wall, but when properly laid out and organized, it can save a ton of room in an open-space layout, which can then be used for a larger dining table.

2. Build in Your Seating

Want an eat-in kitchen but have very limited space? Save a few inches by building in a banquette. While a regular table requires you to have at least a couple of feet behind each chair for people to be able to slide back easily when getting up, the slide-in banquette requires no space at all. That way, you can focus on using all the space to maximize the number of people you'll fit around the table.

3. Frame Your Breakfast Nook

You might think that a wall used for a table or breakfast nook is lost storage space, but that doesn't have to be the case. Frame your breakfast nook with high shelves or cupboards, and use them to store items like fine china or dinner party serveware. That way, you're not sacrificing important storage space for a dining table. In this case, you really can have your cake (on a fancy cake stand) and eat it too.

4. Maximize Your Dining Space

In small spaces, it can be tricky to find the space to entertain, but not having room for a dining table that seats 12 is no reason not to throw a dinner party. The solution: Get creative with seating. A kitchen island can easily fit a few barstools tucked away, and a small bistro table can easily extend into a larger one. Look for drop-leaf tables or extendable ones that can fit more people when needed, and consider throwing your dinner parties buffet-style, where everyone can serve themselves and sit down informally where there's room.

5. Bring Your Storage to the Ceiling

Storage can be a challenge in a small kitchen, but there's one space that's often overlooked: the top of kitchen cabinets. Whether you're building in more cupboards to extend all the way to the ceiling or simply displaying larger items on the top shelves, use that vertical space to your advantage.