5.5 Compact Design Ideas to Make the Most of A Small Kitchen
Often the hub of the family home, the kitchen is a place to gather, cook, eat, laugh, do homework or pay bills, and share in special moments together. When space is limited, it takes smart planning to create a multifunctional and aesthetically appealing kitchen. Dennis, Ream Kitchen Designer shares his tips on how to make the most of space you have.
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1. Keep it clean, light and bright
Light colours are without doubt one of the most effective design ideas for making a small kitchen appear larger, advises Dennis. Giving your kitchen the all-white treatment will help it to ‘vanish’ into the background. By taking no more then three colours and ruthlessly sticking to them, a strict palette will help your little kitchen to look pulled-together, streamlined and well-ordered. By keeping elements tailored, sleek and smooth, creating more of a roomier feel.
2. Think outside the drawer
When space is limited, you need sleek, effective storage that you can pack with everything from plates to pasta. Dennis adds, in general, drawers are more useful and accessible than cupboards, from which you often need to pull everything out to find the one thing you’re looking for, which always seems to be at the back! Wide, deep drawers are not only ideal for storing pans they can accommodate everything else that normally sits on a shelf as well, while a slim drawer beneath the oven makes a handy spot for baking trays and chopping boards.
3. Clever Storage
Larder units usually feature as part of a run of cupboards in a fitted kitchen. Clever storage adds a balance between form and function. With pull out base cabinets, corner cabinets and lift up systems, there are several neat options which can be incorporated in your kitchen and maximise storage space. Read our guide to Kitchen Storage Ideas to get more information. These can make life easier in a compact kitchen.
4. Scale down… …your appliances
There are many options for smaller kitchens when it comes to appliances. Built in ovens can be installed in a vertical column to save space, as well as adding compact ovens, microwaves and steam ovens. Slimline dishwashers offer ideal space savers with a decent nine place setting and hobs offer a linear design or domino configuration to save valuable worktop space. Ask your kitchen designer for advice on smart ways to fit them in.
5. Extend an end
No room for a breakfast bar?Are you sure? says Dennis. “A simple overhang has the potential to fit in the teeniest of spaces, providing a neat eating spot for two”. Having a place to sit and have a morning tea or coffee or an area to take a break is essential. Recently, Dennis designed a seating area for clients in West Wickham who desired a small dining area for breakfast and morning teas and coffee. The table sits lower then the kitchen worktop and there is a handy drawer for place mats and napkins which pulls out.
5.5 Keep it Simple
If your kitchen is truly tiny, it’s wise to keep the design simple, as you’re likely to have a lot going on in a compact area. Stick to one or two colours and choose similar shades for cabinets and walls. A small sink means more worktop space and a built-in extractor fan preserves the line of a cabinet run – and may offer a smidgen of extra storage above, too.
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