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07 November 2019

12 Ideas for Successful Small Kitchen Design

Small kitchens need not be drab or less sociable spaces, they just require more careful planning. Here we look at a few ways to design your dreamy tiny kitchen.

Storage: That all important S work in kitchen design: Storage. Making the most of it, no matter the size of your space, it's important to have well thought out storage. Consider a few of these options when designing your new kitchen:

1. Head For The Heavens

Do you have extra volume ceilings in your kitchen? Why not take wall units higher? If your ceilings are standard height go right to the ceiling with your wall units. Utilise all the space. Add a clever design detail like a ladder rail and hang a funky ladder on an unused wall – it’ll not only serve a purpose and ensure that you can safely reach the highest parts of your new kitchen but it’ll also add great design detail to your kitchen.

 

Small Kitchen Design: Head for the Heavens with Ladders & Tall Wall Units via Blakes LondonSmall Kitchen Design: Head for the Heavens with Ladders & Tall Wall Units via Blakes London

2. Scandi-Style Open Shelving

Not keen on too many kitchen wall cabinets? Don’t want the space to look too boxed in? Consider open shelving Scand-style to maximise the storage space and keep up with the latest European kitchen trends.

 

Small Kitchen Design: Scandi Open Shelving via Blakes LondonSmall Kitchen Design: Scandi Open Shelving via Blakes London

3. Classy Glass

Not keen on open shelving or too many heavy wall units but need the space? Opt for glass doors with downlights inside, it’ll give you extra space for all of your glassware and look great but it’ll also help to add extra lighting to the space. Three birds with one stone! 

Small Kitchen Design: Classy Glass via Blakes LondonSmall Kitchen Design: Classy Glass via Blakes London

 

4. Use It All

Don’t’ waste any space. No matter how odd the space might be, consider finding a clever way to utilise it in your kitchen design. Book shelves, display nooks for some greenery. Every inch counts.

 

5. Clever Cupboards

Clever internal systems are also a way to make the most use of the space. Some offer internal drawers so that you don’t have to reach down into the depths of your floor units, clever corner pull outs, larder units, drawer dividers, you name it, there is a solution for your clever tiny kitchen design.

Small Kitchen Design: Clever Cupboards via BlumSmall Kitchen Design: Clever Cupboards via Blum

 

6. Organisation Is Key 

Organise! Organise! Organise! A tiny kitchen requires discipline and organisation. Ensure that everything has its own home in the kitchen. Utilise small storage containers where possible. And order things from most to least used so that you aren’t always moving everything out of the way to reach the salt and pepper or dinner plates.

 

7. Appliances

Standard practise in South Africa is to have the washing machine in your kitchen, it makes sense to us since we often have a lot more space in the kitchen. But in Europe the norm is not to have the washing machine in the kitchen but rather the bathroom or a small un-utilised storage cupboard. Why not consider finding another home for the appliance and free up extra space for designing your smart tiny kitchen?

 

8. Too Posh To Wash?

In tiny kitchens you often forgo the dishwasher but for some it really is a must in any kitchen so why not consider getting a slim line dishwasher? They’re bigger than they look and will definitely help with freeing up some storage space.

 

9. Declutter

While you’re making the most use of the space with clever storage solutions, ensure you use these to help declutter the space. A tiny kitchen’s worst enemy is clutter so find another home for those nik-naks you have stacked in the corner or use the furthest reaches of those wall to store seldom used appliances to keep the work surfaces clear.

Consider what you actually need to hand daily and what you can put away in an easy to access cupboard for when you need it.

Small Kitchen Design: Decluttering is Key via HemnetSmall Kitchen Design: Decluttering is Key via Hemnet

 

10. Make It Moveable

Always wanted an island but have no space for it in your tiny kitchen? Why not make it moveable, that way you can move it out of the way against a wall when you don’t need it and pull it to the centre of the space when you want to use it. You can also find super stylish options in moveable islands that will definitely add some character to the space.

Small Kitchen Design: Moveable Kitchen Island via PinterestSmall Kitchen Design: Moveable Kitchen Island via Pinterest

 

11. Keep It Simple

Keep it simple and streamlined in your tiny kitchen. Opt for soft whites and greys in your colour pallete. Gloss, glass and mirror help to bounce the light making the space look bigger. Check out pinterest for some fab mirrored splashback ideas. Consider handleless doors to keep it streamlined and modern. Less is definitely more in tiny kitchen design.

Small Kitchen Design: Keep it Simple via HemnetSmall Kitchen Design: Keep it Simple via Hemnet

 

12. Let It Shine Bright

And finally, although this should be one of the first stages of planning your new kitchen: the lighting is another important feature of every kitchen, big or small. Layering is key. Include downlights, lighting in and under wall units all as a must but also consider getting yourself a showpiece light for the centre of your kitchen. Feature lighting adds so much class to a space.

Small Kitchen Design: Let it Shine! via Lansdowne BoardsSmall Kitchen Design: Let it Shine! via Lansdowne Boards


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