No matter how compact your space might be, good lighting helps it look bigger. Katie chose recessed lighting for the kitchen area which, by its very nature, takes up little space. And unlike hanging light fixtures, it doesn't demand attention; instead, it illuminates various focal points.
Katie also chose to hang three ceiling fans down the length of the space. She minimized their visual impact by choosing white fixtures that blend into the ceiling and walls.
One of the easiest ways to create continuity in several areas is to use the same flooring. Katie chose to refinish the existing hardwood floors. The expanse of gleaming wood draws the eye from the living room to the kitchen.
In the cooking area, Katie also made wise material choices. Cream-colored countertops and tiles blend beautifully with the white cabinetry. Open space above the cabinets increases the sense of height. Metal hardware on cabinets adds a punch that is repeated on the stainless steel refrigerator and stove.