Small Kitchen Design
Lets face it many of us would love a large designer kitchen with every available appliance to create gourmet meals fit to serve Jamie Oliver. The reality though, with security estates rising in popularity as choice of homes, more of the modern homes being built in complexes or apartments are taking the minimalistic approach to heart, and kitchens are becoming the new smallest room in the house.
With a bit of planning and careful decorating, a ‘small kitchen’ can be an efficient and stylish space in your home. Probably the first tip is to avoid clutter if it doesnt need to be in the kitchen, remove it. That includes the kids homework, store receipts, car keys and other items that usually find their way into space intended for preparing meals. Regardless of whether you are building your small kitchen from scratch, doing a complete makeover, or just trying to enhance the space you have, there are a number of ways to get the most out of what you have available.
Starting from the bottom up diagonal tiling can create the illusion of a larger space. Deeper cupboards not only provide more storage space to keep items off the counters, but they also increase the surface area to work on. With that said, building up instead of out is also a space-saving way to provide adequate storage without encroaching on space at hand. A continuous counter area, rather than a counter that is divided by for example, a sink, makes for a more workable area. Keep counters free by mounting appliances such as microwaves and toasters on the wall or fitted into cabinets. Bold but simple colours give character to a small kitchen, for example, bright, single-coloured cupboard doors against a light background. Windows also give a kitchen a roomy feel, and also allow natural lighting during the day. Under cabinet lighting is effective to make the kitchen bigger and brightens works surfaces.
When it comes to appliances, choose the smallest size needed to avoid overcrowding your kitchen. Double door fridges take up a lot of space, and opening the doors in a limited area may be problematic. Pots and pans can be fashionably displayed using hooks to suspend them above the workspace. A great alternative is a peg board wall organiser. Painted in your kitchens theme colour and mounted on the wall, it provides a practical space to add hooks of varying sizes for hanging utensils where they are easily reachable but not creating clutter.
A versatile addition to a ‘small kitchen’ is a centre island. Boldly coloured, the island can have cabinets for extra storage as well as provide an extra surface area that is accessible from every part of the kitchen. Choosing a wheeled island allows for the island to be brought into the centre of the kitchen when needed, and then wheeled back under a counter when not in use.
With the above in mind, it all comes down to individual needs and preferences. For a baker, a full sized oven would be a priority, whereas for a person cooking for one may only need a mini oven with a two-plate stove. Before setting out on a big renovation project, spend some time prioritising the elements that are important for your kitchen experience.