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Ideas for Small Kitchens
Don’t let the size of your kitchen limit your dreams! If you’re planning on becoming the next bake-off finalist or the next hidden talent on Masterchef, don’t let a small space hamper you. Small kitchens, when designed properly, can be functional and practical giving you more than enough space to create your culinary delights.
When planning your kitchen, keep in mind the following:
In a perfect world, every kitchen would have all the white goods available, built in to hide unsightly dials and knobs. However small kitchens can’t afford this luxury. For instance if you have a washing machine maybe move it into another area, say the bathroom if you can or even a cupboard under the stairs. Take a look around your home and see what space you can utilise. It’s also wise to research different sizes of white goods as many are now manufactured in slimline versions. Visit the Which website for up to date product reviews: https://www.which.co.uk/
Cupboards and Shelving
Cupboards are great at hiding a multitude of sins, make sure you measure your space correctly to make full use. If you have high ceilings why not add shelving above the cupboards to utilise every bit of wall space possible. Wall units are ideal places for microwaves so make sure you plan before you buy. Shelves are a great way to make the most of space and to clear away clutter. They also help create a bright, open and airy atmosphere.
Drop Leaf Tables
For those who don’t have a separate dining area, you may still be able to plan a small table or breakfast bar to give you a place to sit and eat. If your kitchen space is long it is unlikely that you will be able to have cupboards on both sides. To make use of an otherwise blank wall add a drop leaf table. This ingenious idea will provide you with a temporary table for you to sit at and enjoy your meal rather than eating off a tray in front of the TV. It can also be used as an additional work top for food preparation or a desk space if you are working from home.
Simple is beautiful
Small spaces can look even smaller when painted in dark colours. Try and keep your colour scheme light and fresh and use contemporary materials. Light reflective materials such as gloss white cabinet doors, glass splashback tiling and stainless-steel worktops will help keep the space bright and airy. Mirrors are also a great way of reflecting space when placed strategically.
Heavy curtains and blinds can make a room seem dark and heavy. If you need to give your room some privacy, plantation shutters are the perfect solution. For kitchens and bathrooms, waterproof shutters are ideal as they are water resistant but don’t compromise on elegance or visual appearance. You can choose from full height, café style or tier on tier. All plantation shutters have small louvres which you can adjust to let in more or less light depending on your requirements.
For more ideas on how to design your kitchen visit: https://www.houseandgarden.co.uk/gallery/small-kitchens