Not everyone can be blessed with a huge, spacious kitchen that we see so often on tv. Often, we must make do with smaller spaces to cook and make meals. But when the kitchen can be such a focal point in the home, how cope?
Here are some ideas to make a small kitchen seem bigger, better, and a happier kitchen.
Work with your space:
With such a small kitchen, using the space for a myriad of things such as cooking, cleaning, entertaining, and just lounging around may not be wise. Therefore, the kitchen should be used as a space for food prep only, in order to keep out clutter and keep the space from getting even smaller. Consider smaller appliances, or those with innovative storage units.
Storage really matters, so creating a space that can hold all of your wares is key. One option is to create a galley kitchen. If you have a corridor leading to this space, line it with cabinets and cupboards to store all of your things. This will keep the kitchen more open. Deeper counter spaces can help with food prep, or even a pullout/cart counter top that can be put away when not in use.
Another storage Idea is instead of over head cupboards that can feel crowed and limit the space, is to opt for open storage. Pot racks can show off your shiny pans and add some charm, as can shelving, magnetic knife holders, or spice racks.
Playing tricks on the eyes can very easily open up your kitchen and have it appear to be spacious. If you’re up for the money and time, creating an open floor plan by knocking down a wall or two can seriously help with space issues, as it makes the kitchen not limited to a confined space.
Of course, this plan is not for everyone. Simpler, less expensive ideas include installing floor tiles in a diagonal fashion, in order to make the kitchen appear longer. Placing lights under cabinets and counters can also add to the illusion, as well as creating a more warm and cheerful setting. This can also be achieved with natural light, such as placing a large window in the room, especially over the sink. Not only will this help with dish washing, but it gives the appearance of unlimited space. This can also be achieved with a pass through window or glass doors to another room.
Glass creates negative space, which enhances the feeling of spaciousness. Glass counter tops, tables, or door cabinets can expand this feeling, or even something as simple as reflective glass tile, on the floor or as a back splash.
Don’t think that a small kitchen means you can’t have fun. Sure, pastels and light colors, along with white, can reflect light and make the room seem taller, but bright splashes of color can create a fun space for the kitchen. Even something as simple as a bright red dish towel can create space in the kitchen.
Come in or call KC Cabinetry today to talk about your designing needs!
- Cassandra Cordova, KC Cabinetry Intern