If you’re house has been blessed with a cosy-sized kitchen, you needn’t worry about being held back in terms of what you do with it. Here are a few ideas that might help you transform your small kitchen.
There are differing schemes you can employ in your kitchen to create the feeling of more space. Perhaps the most simple, yet effective, is white walls. Opting for this neutral wall colour bounces the light around the room, and by using bright, reflective materials to accompany it, you can can maximise the brightness, and thus, the space within your kitchen. A few examples of what you might like to use include white or frosted glass cabinet doors, white stone, or even stainless-steel worktops.
Light tricks don’t stop with your clever colour schemes either. Perhaps the most obvious thing you can do is add more lights. Replacing your regular light fixtures with pendant lights to layer your kitchen’s lighting, and add LED strips or under-cabinet spotlights to accentuate the room’s darker corners. As an added feature, if there’s enough free wall space, why not hang a large mirror too?
Another route you may wish to take is by combining different materials so as to add a little interest in to the kitchen without overwhelming it. Utilising high-gloss units throughout with complementing veneer wall cladding can excite the eyes and leave you forgetting about the smaller surface area. On the one hand however, you may wish to do away with wall cabinets completely, as they may often encroach on space. By opting for open shelving, you can create the perception of an open and airy area, as long as you don’t overcrowd the shelves. You may also opt for large pull out draws which can hold the more bulkier of your kitchen items.
Utilising this more minimal approach for your worktops will also be an added bonus for creating space. Thinking a little creatively can really go a long way, such as replacing counter-top utensil and knife holders with wall mounted magnetic ones, or using rails to hang them, along with pots and pans, from.
Some cleverly designed items you may wish to get your hands on would include foldaway or hideaway furniture. Buying high-quality, good-looking furniture will be vital so that you don’t cheapen the look of your kitchen, but this type of furniture is incredibly useful, as it is only there when it is needed, creating useful, multipurpose spaces. Some items that you can use would include bar stools that tuck away, roll or fold-out kitchen tables or cabinets, and drop-down, wall-mounted chopping boards.
While a kitchen island may be out of the question, you can incorporate a butcher’s block, or portable kitchen trolley which can provide you with extra storage and prep space when needed, but be wheeled away when not in use. These can also be useful for moving countertop items out of the way to leave the kitchen feeling clutter-free.
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