Home Staging Secrets: Making the Most of a Small Kitchen

By Cathy Hobbs
Cathy Hobbs
Cathy Hobbs
5-time Emmy award winning television personality Cathy Hobbs (ASID) is the founder and creator of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes™. Cathy currently hosts her own self-branded design television series, Design Recipes, airing on the top rated “PIX Morning News” on WPIX-TV in New York City. Cathy was a finalist on Season 6 of HGTV's Hit Reality Series "DESIGN STAR and most recently served for a year as the green expert for “The Life Improvement Squad” a national campaign with IKEA and O Magazine.
April 9, 2014 Updated: April 23, 2016

Do you have a small kitchen? Not to worry! There are plenty of ways to work around small places when staging your home to sell.

One of the biggest mistakes home sellers often make is over-decorating small spaces. Having too much visual clutter actually makes a room look smaller, which is certainly not something you want to do when staging your home! It’s also important to maintain a balance. This kitchen, for example, shows that one side of it is completely bare, while the other side appears to be cluttered:

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The magnets on the front of the refrigerator plus the items on top of it create a cluttered feel and makes this already small kitchen appear even smaller! And on the other side, the countertops are almost completely bare. When staging this room, we went in and removed the clutter and created more balance.

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Photo Credit: Cathy Hobbs. Staged by a Cathy Hobbs Home Staging Class

With all of those magnets removed, it opened up the space immediately. And over on the counter, we placed the tray (formerly on top of the refrigerator) with a pretty tea set as an accent.

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Cathy Hobbs
5-time Emmy award winning television personality Cathy Hobbs (ASID) is the founder and creator of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes™. Cathy currently hosts her own self-branded design television series, Design Recipes, airing on the top rated “PIX Morning News” on WPIX-TV in New York City. Cathy was a finalist on Season 6 of HGTV's Hit Reality Series "DESIGN STAR and most recently served for a year as the green expert for “The Life Improvement Squad” a national campaign with IKEA and O Magazine.