In some ways, you’d think designing a smaller kitchen might be simpler than a bigger one.
After all, there are likely to be fewer options – an island’s not going to fit, you won’t have to deliberate over the length of the kitchen table, and you probably don’t have to choose between “social kitchen” and “flexible layout”.
But here’s the truth: designing a smaller kitchen is actually far more challenging – get it right, and space will be maximised to its nth degree, feeling far bigger as a result.
Get it wrong, and it’ll feel claustrophobic and cluttered.
So, here are our top 4 priorities we advise you consider if you’re designing a smaller kitchen:
Neutral colour schemes tend to make the room feel more spacious, so try using a pale palette to allow light to bounce around, making the kitchen appear bigger.
Keeping all of the walls a similar colour to the cupboards creates a seamless flow throughout the kitchen, thus creating the illusion of more space.
2. Kitchen Storage
This can’t be overlooked – unless you’ve got adequate kitchen storage, being in a small kitchen will feel stressful enough, and cooking will be an absolute nightmare.
That’s why it’s vital your furniture can actually cope with everything you want to put in it, and why your shelves need to be adaptable enough to cater for all the crockery, glasses and knickknacks you want.
Floor to ceiling cabinets can ensure that you maximise the space, while portable storage – like a kitchen trolley – can give you additional room almost out of thin air.
3. Use all space available
There’s often wasted space in kitchens, whether it’s the gap between shelves, below the sink or that annoying space around the side of corner cupboards – a good kitchen designer can help you make the most of any unused space there is.
These days there are plent0y of appliances that can help you save space, from a Quooker tap that eliminates the need for a kettle, through to an extractor induction hob, which supersedes an extractor hood, and gives you more space up high.