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Tips For Making The Most Of Your Small Kitchen
09 Dec 2014

Tips For Making The Most Of Your Small Kitchen

A little kitchen does not necessarily have to be a negative aspect of your property. If you are short on space, try some of these tips to make the most of your kitchen.

 

1. Store upwards. Adding shelves to your walls will maximise the space you have for preparing food. If the shelves are open or have glass fronts, this will make your compact space feel less cramped. However, make sure it is safe to access these heights by adding a ladder into your kitchen, if necessary. Storing upwards will not only look very chic, like a Parisian deli, but it will also ensure your little kitchen is kept clutter free.

 

2. Use white and other bright, clean colors for small spaces. This will really open up the room, making it seem bigger. A predominantly white palette but with touches of light green, yellow, blue or orange will work especially well.

 

3. If you have windows in your kitchen, make them a focal point in the space. Ensure they are as open as possible by removing curtains or blinds to allow plenty of light to shine in. You should make sure they are kept clean and smear-free. If they are kept clean, the glass will seem almost invisible as if the kitchen and the outdoors are one open space.

 

4. Move things that you do not frequently use, out of the kitchen. If you have plenty of storage cupboards elsewhere in your home, it may be a good idea to move your fancy plates, cutlery and glasses into them.

 

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5. Make sure your little kitchen has plenty of light. When there are no windows and when it is dark, the space will benefit from some ambient light overhead. If possible, focused lighting, perhaps installed under cabinets, will light up your preparation areas and avoid shadows.

 

6. Use multipurpose furniture. Look for dining tables that can be extended when you are eating and folded away while you are preparing. Kitchen islands can be used for storage and preparation but can also be used as extra dining space if required. It is a good idea that you get mobile furniture that can be wheeled in and out of your kitchen easily.

 

7. Pick small items for your small kitchen. You may want to think twice about a huge fridge or dining table as it will take up valuable space and may look out of place. Opt for smaller items that fit neatly into the area.

 

8. Consider a new kitchen design altogether. If you believe your kitchen is suffering from a poor layout, you may want to think about a new design that makes better use of the space. This could potentially be a pricey measure, however, it is worth doing some research to work out if you can afford it.

 

9. Use mirrors. Mirrors are not commonplace in kitchens, but they do work very well at opening up a small space. If you have a galley kitchen, long horizontal mirrors will work well in this kind of room.

 

We hope these tips will help you make the most of your petite kitchen. Just remember, good things come in small packages.

Lan An

Lan An is a professional editor in the field of architecture and interior design. Having a strong desire for architecture and design in her writing career, Lan An attempts to provide readers the most wonderful architectural news and projects.

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