We all covet a large and sociable kitchen diner but the reality is that sometimes it's a case of making the most of what we have. Since we moved house last year I'm now lucky enough to have a fairly big kitchen but for many people space is at a premium. I've recently been helping my Brother in Law design his new compact kitchen and I've learnt a lot in the process! If you are short of space and thinking about redesigning your small kitchen, here are my top tips to make sure diminutive doesn't mean dull.
Tip 1: Plan the layout and accessibility of your space first. U shape designs work particularly well in small kitchens and enables you to achieve the perfect working triangle with cooker, sink and fridge on opposite sides of the U. If your space is narrow and long, a double galley style kitchen will still enable that classic working triangle.
Tip 2: Use light and reflective materials where possible for your cabinets, worktops and shelves. White paint on the walls and ceiling is also a must. In our old house we utilised white hi gloss units to great effect - reflecting the light and making the room look instantly brighter and bigger.
Tip 3: Utilise the full height of the room making sure your wall cabinets go as high as possible...the only use for the space between the top of cabinets and the ceiling is collecting dust anyway!
Tip 4: Integrated appliances help to create that sleek clean look. Hide your dishwasher, washing machine, fridge and freezer behind clean lines.
Tip 5: Lighting can create the illusion of space too. Make sure the hob and work surfaces are well lit by small LED spotlights under wall hung cabinets in addition to bright LED ceiling lighting. Lighting on kick plates is also very effective.
Tip 6: Clear away the clutter. If there are too many items cluttering up the worktops consider clever solutions like wall mounted magnetic knife strips and rails to hang your most used utensils. You could even consider hanging pots and pans from the ceiling!
Do you have any tips to add?