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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.

Image of Pronorm’s X-Line kitchen range with white walls, grey splashbacks and a Silestone gris worktop, perfect for a smaller kitchen size.)

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:

1. Colour

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.

Image the Pronorm X-Line range featuring a contrasting kitchen sink with the white kitchen design.


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.

Close up image of the storage solutions within a grey kitchen cabinet Image of a wooden floor to ceiling cabinet storing a variety of items

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.

Image of a black overhead kitchen cabinet storing glasses and cups.

4. Technology

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.

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  • 5 star review  Excellent responsive service. Not at all pushy and very happy to re-design until customer is happy. Pride and integrity in their work - regular site visits when installation was taking place to ensure the kitchen was meeting requirements and frequent contact / reassurance over any queries. Would definitely recommend.

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  • 5 star review  Appleton Designer Kitchens were absolutely fantastic during our new kitchen design and installation. The attention to detail and communication with our builder was second to none. They were really flexible and were more than understanding when dates were changed and ceiling heights were altered which required cupboard changes. Joanne project managed expertly. I am extremely happy with the service, the high quality of the kitchen and all appliances. I will recommend her and the team without hesitation.

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  • 5 star review  Joanne created an amazing bespoke kitchen design that perfectly answered the design brief. Her attention to detail and commitment to delivering the final fitted kitchen was outstanding. When a small part of the design did not "work" quite as expected she found the perfect solution. I have no hesitation in recommending Appleton kitchens.

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  • 5 star review  We are in love with our new kitchen. Joanne and her team were great from start to finish. We felt in safe hands. Our kitchen was part of a larger extension project and Joanne worked with our builders to ensure the kitchen installation was delivered on schedule. Communication was quick and helpful throughout the process. We would recommend to anyone.

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  • 5 star review  Joanne and her team were excellent, from our initial consultation with her ,through to the design and installation stages. She is a professional. We had full confidence in her to deliver our small kitchen. She was always available to resolve any queries or issues that we had. We would highly recommend Joanne to project manage your new kitchen to run through the various options , developing and creating your stylish kitchen.

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  • 5 star review  Joanne and team did an excellent job designing, project managing and installing our new kitchen. We knew we were in safe hands when we first met her at her fabulous show room to discuss ideas and designs. She was approachable and realistic and there was no hard sell. Joanne had put 3D designs together and clearly explained the pros and cons of each proposal. Throughout the entire process, she was dedicated to making everything perfect, making multiple visits and she also answered queries promptly. Joanne's attention to detail is exceptional! The customer service level was top notch, fantastic, we love our new kitchen and highly recommend Joanne and this company to family and friends. The whole experience was easy, and Joanne is a pleasure to deal with! Thanks again :)

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