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How To Design A Small Kitchen

Written by Shayne

Just because your kitchen is small, there’s no need to compromise on the quality of the design. There are plenty of ways to make a small space both highly functional and stylish. The key is to make the most of every nook and cranny, by getting creative with layout and storage. Here are some tips to help you realise your perfect small kitchen.

Stick to simple décor

To help make the space feel bigger, avoid too many fussy details. This doesn’t mean you have to stick to plain neutrals if that’s not your style, but look for large scale patterns rather than small intricate designs.

Handleless cabinets, where the handle is recessed into the unit, rather than a protruding fixture, can help to reduce clutter in a smaller space. Some doors can also have an assisted push open mechanism, which may be suitable for people with limited mobility. The overall effect is sleek and contemporary.

Maximise storage

Storage space is at a premium in a small kitchen, so the size of the drawers can make a big difference. A couple of deep drawers can hold more than a cupboard, for example, so you could opt for drawers beneath the worktops, and have cupboards fitted above. Make sure that all cupboards and drawers can be opened and accessed easily.

Larder cabinets, which extend directly upwards from the worktop rather than be mounted on the wall, can improve the storage space, and also make the kitchen look more streamlined. Corner units which contain a carousel are a must-have for a small kitchen, as they make excellent use of dead space.

Consider dining space

Casual dining space is invaluable in a kitchen, for those quick weekday meals. Don’t rule out the idea just because your kitchen is small. Slimline tables or breakfast bars with pull out stools or benches rather than standard dining chairs may work, even if there is no room for a kitchen island.

Make use of light

Maximise the amount of natural light in your kitchen, if at all possible. For example, you could add glass panels to doors, or have skylights fitted. Choosing a lighter colour scheme rather than a dark one will help to maximise the sense of space, and avoid too much contrast between the cabinets and the walls.

Glossy surfaces and mirrors placed opposite windows can help to bounce the light around the room. If you want to add some bolder design touches, it can be better to restrict them to one area to draw the eye.

However, there is no need to try and disguise your small kitchen if you just want a bold statement design. If you are not planning to sell the house in the near future, then your kitchen should be decorated however you want it to look!

A final thought is that an open plan layout gives more scope for adding breakfast bars and storage space, as well as transforming a cramped space into a lighter and more flowing area for dining, socialising, and of course cooking.

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