Unless you’re blessed with a large, spacious kitchen, you’ll always be on the lookout for clever design ideas for a small kitchen. Ideas and suggestions that will help you make the most of the space you have, allowing it to feel bigger and more practical, yet still retaining some style.
Having spent lots of time on Pinterest and scouring magazines for ideas, I’ve put together some of my best tips for bigging up the smaller kitchen.
7 Clever Design Ideas for a Small Kitchen
#1 Design in an Eating Area
Whether you have space for a full table and chairs, an integrated breakfast bar or a simple pull down table in the corner of the room, try to design an eating space into your small kitchen. It will help make the most of the space, and connect the family together during mealtimes.
Look for companies that give you support in the kitchen design, and have a design tool readily available. Academy Home Improvements for example has all of these and more as well as inspirational images to help you visualise the end result.
#2 Open Plan Storage
If you can live with this look an open plan cupboard/shelving scheme will actually help your kitchen feel bigger. Drawing the eye back through the shelf and creating an illusion of a larger room, an open plan shelf unit will also help you showcase some of your favourite pieces.
#3 Simple Colour Scheme
Combining the wall colour with the cupboards and tiles will allow the space to feel lighter and more streamlined. The cupboards will sink into the backdrop, helping the room to look larger and giving you the chance to accessorise with just a few key colour pieces.
#4 Give it Some Light
Just as in any room in the home, lighting in the kitchen is incredibly important and no more than in a smaller kitchen. Illuminate areas, dark corners and under cupboards, bouncing the light around the room to help it feel larger. Don’t be afraid to experiment and to invest in some statement pieces for above the eating area. If you can do all this whilst you’re first designing the room you’ll have more opportunity to get it right.
#5 Hidden Storage
Clever storage is imperative when you’re looking at the best design tips for a small kitchen, and shouldn’t be overlooked. Do your research and invest in the right storage for you and your family’s needs. Think about how you can use the height in the room as well as the low areas, under tables and bench seats.
#6 Use All of the Space
As with using clever storage, you must use all of the available space in a small kitchen. Use every nook and cranny, think hard about how you can maximise the space you have and design your kitchen accordingly. With a dining table or breakfast bar that doubles up as a preparation surface, this compact kitchen above could be all that you really need. By using the full height in the room and adding double cupboards, storage is ample.
#7 Add your own Touch
Finally don’t lose yourself in the design and forget to add a touch of who you are. Throw in a few touches of your personality, express yourself, and make the kitchen really yours.
What do you think of these design ideas for a small kitchen? Would you add anything else?