Small kitchens may appear to be a challenge, but if you design them cleverly and change the way you work, you’ll learn to love them. Cooking in a small space has definite advantages, as you have everything within reaching distance and cleaning doesn’t take hours; you’ll get used to tidying up as you go along so you can use the same space for whatever’s next. And last but not least, small can be beautiful.
So, if you want to make your tiny kitchen look larger, functional and stunning, you need to work on four major areas:
The best solution for a small space is a fitted kitchen, so you can use every inch available and reduce clutter. Try to use vertical space and avoid cramming as many units into the room as possible because this will make the kitchen look smaller. A combination of wall mounted racks where you can display your plates and utensils with smart narrow cabinet organizers will keep the room feeling spacious and functional. For example, freestanding pieces with open shelving can make a small kitchen seem larger, and wall shelving into the awkwardly shaped spaces will fill the space with useful storage.
When it comes to choosing your appliances, keep in mind there are must-haves and nice-to-haves in a kitchen, so make sure you get your priorities right. Appliance manufacturers have come up with space saving refrigerators and cookers, the big two that we all need. There’s a wide choice of 50 cm to 60 cm width freestanding cookers to choose from, as well as tall and slim fridge freezers that are compact on the outside and so big on the inside that you’ll be surprised just how much you can fit into it.
Small appliances like toasters, kettles, blenders, food processors, microwaves, coffee makers and many more can take up valuable counter space. There are no rules to what you should keep at hand, some people can make it without a microwave, but could not live without their dough maker, so the best way to deal with this is to leave your kettle out and just shove the rest into a dedicated cupboard.
3. Natural light and artificial lighting
A small kitchen needs all the light it can get, so keep the window free of clutter and let the sunshine in.
Consider putting a big window over the sink if you can, perfect for connecting the kitchen to the outdoors and making it look more spacious. Don’t cover your kitchen window with heavy curtains or window treatments. Try window film if you need privacy; it is cheap, easy to apply and allows in maximum light.
With clever lighting to help illuminate dark spots you can create an illusion of more space and make cooking easier. Use feature lights to highlight open shelving and downlighters beneath cupboards to ensure good lighting for when you’re cooking and soften the impact of cupboards.
4. Style and colour
When you’re short on space doesn’t mean you have to compromise on looks. Keep it simple and subtle. The more streamlined it is, the bigger it feels. Glossy units with sliding doors reflect lots of light making the space feel larger and they are very trendy right now.
Creams and whites are ideal for small kitchens, but use several shades and combine textures to keep the room from feeling sterile. If you like to play with colour, a great strategy is to keep expensive items such as cabinets, worktops and floors neutral and save the bold colours for things that are easy to change like wall paint or window frames.
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