Your kitchen doesn’t have to be massive to be beautiful. With careful planning, small kitchens just need some clever design ideas to make them both functional and stylish.
FUNCTION VS STYLE
We find that most people think about the look and style of their kitchens before the functional aspects.
It’s equally important to think about how your kitchen will work for you; what your priority requirements are; performance; and how to get the most from what could be a limited space. At the same time of course, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t create a good looking, practical, functioning and organised space, even if there are size and shape constraints.
Space saving storage
Keep it simple – less is more.
Resist the temptation to pack as many units as possible into the room, as this could make your kitchen feel cramped. Instead, use clever storage solutions.
We are exclusive UK partners with German company Kesseböhmer, who provide many of the market’s best storage solutions, including its LeMans corner cupboard, which is ideal for pots and pans; its Convoy larder range, which offers great storage for items such as your groceries; and iMove which brings the contents of your wall cupboard to you.
Integrated pantries with bi-folding doors and integrated appliances are also great space savers.
When considering the functionality of your kitchen and the movement around it, think about areas such as food preparation and wet zones. Perhaps they could work together? A chopping block that sits across the sink for example.
In a compact room, it’s more crucial than ever that the entire space works in the most efficient way. Try to define different zones for preparation, cooking and washing. But if you can’t, then you may need to double up some activities. The preparation area for instance could also be the place for informal dining, while a glass or ceramic hob can double as a workspace when not in use.
Lighting, colour, choice of finish, work surface, tiling and flooring will all impact the feeling of space in your environment.
Opting for light coloured worktops and gloss doors will help bounce light around the room and make it feel bigger. Alternatively, consider mirrored splash backs to increase the feeling of space.
Of course, going against this principle can also work: be bold, go sumptuous. Deep colours, rich work top materials and clever lighting can all make size irrelevant, but the impact on your overall living space fantastic.
For further kitchen design ideas, and inspiration please contact your local retailer or look at our real kitchen gallery.