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Make Your Small Kitchen Work for You

Posted in Blog
06 March 2019

A kitchen of any size can be turned into a functional and stylish room.

If you have a small kitchen, these are just some of the tricks that you can use to make it work for you.

Include plenty of reflective surfaces

Mirrors are often used to make small rooms appear larger. But you may not want to have mirrors adorning the walls of your kitchen.

An alternative is to use reflective surfaces to give a feeling of space. For example, you could incorporate shiny worktops and glossy cabinet doors. Glass tiles can also be used to bring in a reflective element.

Rather than having solid cabinet doors, you could choose glass fronted ones. This will lighten the look of your wall cupboards. A glass and gloss theme, combined with stainless steel appliances, will provide plenty of surfaces to reflect light.

As you’ll need plenty of natural light to reflect off these surfaces, you should keep your window decorations to a minimum. You want to allow as much natural light into your kitchen as possible.

Don’t go overboard with colours

If you fill your kitchen with lots of different shades, it can start to look cramped. Instead, why not paint your cabinets the same colour as your walls? By having a consistent pale shade, you remove visual barriers and immediately make the space feel larger.

However, if you’d like to incorporate a pattern into your decor, then a geometric design can be used to draw the eye vertically or horizontally. As a result, you can make a small kitchen appear longer or taller.

Choose open shelving

Open shelves give a more airy feel to a kitchen. And to keep those lines sleek, opt for floating shelves rather than having heavy brackets to hold them up.

Plus, by removing cabinet doors, you lessen visual weight, creating an illusion of more space.

The downside of open shelves and cabinets is that everything is on display. Therefore, if you overfill the shelves, it will have the reverse effect of making your kitchen seem cluttered.

Incorporate clean lines

Go handleless to give a sleek and stylish appearance. By using push catches to open and close cabinets and drawers, you can lose intrusive handles or knobs that stick out. This is handy if you have a narrow, galley kitchen as there are no annoying handles for you to knock against.

Instead, you create a streamlined, minimalistic look, ideal for making your small kitchen more functional and accessible.

Integrate appliances and storage

Rather than obstructing the flow of your kitchen, if you have a recess, fit it with shelving or cabinets that are flush with the wall. By doing this, you make the most of every available inch of space and maintain the clean lines of your kitchen.

It also helps to integrate appliances by housing them in the same fronts as your cabinets. That way, they’ll blend in with the rest of your kitchen and won’t stand out. As a result, the overall appearance of your kitchen is smarter, without the disorder of different designs.

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