Working with a small kitchen day in and day out might seem like an arduous task and an uncomfortable way to live, especially if you have a growing family. And the dog isn’t helping by wagging its tail jumping around everywhere.
While you might feel tempted to break down a wall or even move house altogether, the solution might be far more affordable.
You needn’t resort to heavy duty renovations in order to transform your tiny kitchen space, you only need to introduce some space-saving ideas to make a small room seem and feel instantly bigger. Here are a few things you can do to give your small kitchen a proper makeover.
Make it Functional
When trying to optimize a small kitchen space, function and organization will be key. Unfortunately, a small kitchen can’t serve every purpose imaginable, and no matter how much you would like to throw a beautiful island into the mix, there simply isn’t enough room.
Instead, make your kitchen space the jack-of-one-trade. Focus on compact, modern appliances, single sinks, and clean surfaces.
Leave the schoolwork, eating, laundry folding and everything else for the dining room or the living room. You can even invest in smart design by introducing a foldable table or a hidden set or chairs.
Open Up the Design
It’s important to think about freedom in a small kitchen, and whether or not the design allows you to breathe. Too often one can feel claustrophobic and suffocated in a small kitchen, so rather than battling a traditional set of cupboards and cabinets, think about adding open storage.
So take the doors and the cabinets off and install floating shelves wherever you have extra room. You can even mount magnetic knife holders, and pocket storage under the sink. This is a great way to make the kitchen feel more open and spacious, but it will also bring forth a unique design approach.
Tidy up your Sink Area
Speaking of smart storage under the sink, you want to keep your inner and outer sink area clutter-free, organized and tidy at all times. Clutter can accumulate quite easily in a small kitchen, especially around the dish-washing area. If you are working with a single sink, the problem can become even more apparent.
To keep clutter at bay and make the kitchen feel roomier while operating efficiently, you not only want to keep your plumbing and drains clean with the help of a trusted plumber, but you also want to tend to the dishes regularly to prevent them from piling up.
Introduce Bright Colors
Your color scheme can make all the difference in a small kitchen. While dark, intimate hues work great in a capacious space, a tiny kitchen will truly come to life and feel roomy if you introduce bright colors across the board. Think pastels, pure white, and gentle hues such as aqua blue and sunny yellow.
Don’t forget about accents either, as you want to mix your color design for maximum results. Consider accentuating the back-splash with a vibrant hue, to complement it with white or champagne across the walls. This will create a feeling as if the entire kitchen is expanding from that one spot.
Mix and Match the Materials
Finally, the materials you choose will also play an important role in your kitchen design. Unlike in a spacious kitchen, you cannot hide design flaws, dissimilarities or opposing fronts in a tiny kitchen that easily. Everything needs to work together in creating a positive, roomy feel.
So pick a theme that’s going to work as a foundation (this can be wood, marble, tile, or granite) and spread it throughout the room. The unified design will give you the opportunity to accentuate it with contrasts and thus make the kitchen feel more spacious than before.
Having a small kitchen shouldn’t feel like a sentence you have to endure, but rather like an opportunity to transform design into a beautiful whole.
Be sure to follow these tips and you will have no problem making your small kitchen feel roomier than ever before.