Small kitchens are a reality of modern homes. With space increasingly becoming a premium in urban pockets, abodes are getting smaller, and the cooking haven is suffering too! Though it is hard to move around inside a small kitchen, with the surge in real estate prices, most of us are left with no choice actually! However, the good news is that the small space opens up to a wide range of opportunities for creative décor and storage options. While you might not be able to change a lot of things in a small kitchen, what you can do is the next best thing – give it an illusion of a larger and open space. That’s right. Smart furnishing can make even the smallest kitchen look big enough and airy, and make organisation a dream. So check out our big tricks to furnish your small kitchen intelligently.
Space saving furniture does the trick in any small room, especially in a kitchen. For the latter, it is even more important to choose furniture or accessories that saves space and makes room for all essentials. First, measure the space available, and then start looking for furniture options. Round tables are better choices than rectangular tables any day, when there is not much room. The smooth edges of the round table lend the perception of more space even when less. This way, you won’t hurt yourself against the sharp corners of a square or rectangular table while moving about in a small kitchen. Drop leaf table is another good choice. Add some chairs that fit right under the table and voila, your compact eating space is ready!
While modular kitchen is the most preferred choice in most households, it is really difficult to fit in this arrangement in a small kitchen. The best bet in such cases would be to go for open shelves. With no doors to open and no drawers to pull, it is convenience at its best. Make sure to clean the open shelves and the cookware from time to time, as the dirt would be prominently visible due to the constant exposure. If you cannot make time for frequent cleaning, then it is not a good idea to go for this arrangement though.
It is time to take out all the unused decorative items that are just sitting on your shelves and give them a whole new makeover. Most of us tend to place all the stuff including decorative items such as coffee mugs and baskets on the shelves. Instead, you can try hanging them on the kitchen walls and see the difference. You will not only end up saving some horizontal space, but this trick will also add some zing to an otherwise boring kitchen. You can also choose to colour coordinate them with the décor of the kitchen, and give it an interesting twist.
When you have a small kitchen, it is important to maintain cleanliness and have a clutter free environment. As such, the moving space is going to be less. With further chaos and clutter in the kitchen, it is only going to make your job difficult. The choice of kitchen surfaces thus plays an important role here. Always go for kitchen surfaces that are easy to clean and maintain. Granite tops our list when it comes to ease of maintenance, because you can clean it with just one wipe. Also, metal racks and polished wood are good choices for storage shelves. You have a lot of options available in the market that are easy to maintain. Go for it even if it means shelling out a few extra bucks.
It goes without saying that light colours make any room look airy and spacious. Hence when furnishing your kitchen or remodelling it, close your eyes and go for light coloured furniture, cabinets and fittings. Besides, a dark coloured wooden surface would also make the kitchen look claustrophobic and smaller than what it actually is. Best is to use a single colour palette across the kitchen, and lend it an even look. This is an age old technique to make any space seem bigger and better. Same is the case with the wall paint. Make sure to paint the kitchen walls in light colour such as white or cream, and choose some matching accessories such as light-hued curtains that would blend with the colour theme.
Cooking often involves the use of varied spices and sauces, which makes it extremely difficult to maintain an all-white kitchen. We are bound to spill spices and pickles which lead to easily visible stains in a white kitchen. However, the good news is that you can still incorporate the white tone in your kitchen in the form of chairs. Choose white and comfortable small chairs that are easily movable and compact. These chairs do not take up much space and are ideal for a small kitchen set up. Besides, they are not very expensive as well. You can also place small flower pots in the corners of the kitchen or on the walls. It will give your kitchen a classy yet homely look. Take a cue from this eclectic kitchen designed by Julia Sidorova, interior architects from Moscow.
Whether you are someone who enjoys cooking, or someone who cooks out of habit, you will invariably end up spending some time in the kitchen. So why not make it a bit interesting? These little tricks are sure to help you in a big way, while you are furnishing and decking your small kitchen. Transforming a tiny kitchen into a compact but smart space is definitely doable! All you need is some proper planning, innovation and style. Even if you are on a shoestring budget, these hacks can make your life much easier. Besides, revamping the kitchen at times is not bad at all. It will help you in the long run and also increases your property’s resale value. Happy cooking! Take a look at another ideabook for more inspiration - Against the tide: why you should get a one-wall kitchen.