Having a small kitchen brings up the challenge of knowing what to fit in and where to place it in order to design a great space.
There are many different cabinet designs and surface patterns you can utilize to create a sense of space in your kitchen design.
Small kitchens may seem to be a very difficult design challenge, but they can also be functional, beautiful, and efficient. Even with a small budget, you can find that there are many options open to you to transform your kitchen into something more ideal for your needs.
There are three major areas you should focus on when planning your kitchen design to make it efficient. These are Storage, Lighting, and Appliances.
To create a more spacious look for your small kitchen, we recommend you make use of more unique storage solutions, mixing natural and ambient lighting, taking advantage of more space-saving appliances, and adding personalized touches.
This requires creativity in coming up with storage solutions, here are some tips to get you started:
· Putting an island in the center of the kitchen that can provide freestanding storage that is also convenient from any spot in the kitchen.
· Using a galley kitchen design in which the cabinets and appliances line up on either side of a corridor.
· Selecting compact space-saving appliances such as smaller refrigerators, as well as appliances that can be hung underneath cabinets like microwaves.
· If you want to create an eating area in the kitchen, the trick is to use a drop table or a small-sized round table with two small chairs that can be tucked into a corner, or a built-in counter along the wall with chairs to provide an eating nook.
· Another interesting trick in small kitchen design is creating an illusion of space with under cabinet lighting or under the counter. With the proper type of lighting, the kitchen can be made to appear larger and more pleasing.
· The use of light-colored cabinets with glass doors makes the kitchen look spacious.
· Installing deeper counters that can accommodate more appliances and increase workspace.
· Flooring tiles can be placed on a diagonal, and in a galley style, kitchen hardwood flooring can be run the length of the kitchen.
· For storage, you can hang up pots and pans. This is a perfect way to free up cabinet space, and they add a certain charm and character to your small kitchen design.
· The insides of cabinet doors can be used to hang up flat materials like oven mitts, and other miscellaneous light-weight items.
· Pantry storage with units that go all the way to the ceiling with the upper cabinets to provide more space for seldom-used items while making the lower cabinets more accessible with rollout shelves, and tilt-out bins.
· Install a large kitchen sink since larger sinks are considered to be more practical than small sinks when it comes to cleaning pots and pans.
When you look in kitchen design magazines you naturally notice that the kitchens featured are large and so you might think your small kitchen is inadequate. But good small kitchen design means being able to create space and incorporating ample storage facilities and being able to fit in all the necessary appliances.
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