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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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  • Thank you so much Joanne for designing and installing our dream kitchen. It's fab!! The service we have received has been professional, reactive, attentive and on time. I couldn't recommend you highly enough.

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  • I waited a year before adding a review as I wanted to give it some time before leaving my thoughts. The experience with Joanne was fantastic from start to finish. She listened to our design ideas, offered advice, and delivered a design which was exactly what we were looking for. Joanne made several site visits to ensure everything was measured correctly so there would be no later surprises, and this really paid off as we were able to maximise the space that was available to us. Her installers were first rate - I wish I had them doing the rest of the carpentry on the build. They went above and beyond to ensure we had a quality finish. Joanne sourced the appliances for us at the best rates available and provided us with the contact details of an excellent glass splash-back manufacturer. I highly recommend Appleton Kitchens.

    Nick Avatar Nick
  • Our new kitchen is fantastic, we are really pleased with the quality and design. Jo was great right from our first meeting. We worked through designs and she was really open to making changes and trying ideas. There was no sales pitch or pressure to sign up. The implementation was also impressive, she gave a detailed plan and stuck to it, dealing with issues quickly. We would recommend Appleton kitchens to anyone seeking a high quality kitchen and a no hassle implementation.

    Christine Edge Avatar Christine Edge
  • 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.

    Alison Hamer Avatar Alison Hamer
  • 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.

    andy mort Avatar andy mort
  • 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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