When designing a kitchen, some assume that a smaller space would be easier to plan. However, the same basic features need to be worked into the design regardless of the kitchen’s size. As such, it can actually be harder to create a beautiful and functional kitchen when space is limited.
The good news is, there are a few tricks to getting the most out of a compact kitchen space. While each design will be slightly different, many of the issues and concerns will be the same. As such, there are a few key things you should look out for and set steps you should take.
Here are our recommendations for getting the design of your small kitchen just right.
Focus on functionality
Practicality is particularly important when space is limited. You need to maximise the usability of the whole area and make sure all the details are thought through.
To help with this, take some time to think about what you really need in your kitchen. Also, consider the features you would particularly enjoy and the things that you could probably do without. This should help sharpen your thinking and help you prioritise your inclusions.
Also, regardless of the size of your kitchen space, it’s always best to start your design by choosing the layout. In addition to providing the basis for the rest of your planning, this will help you put function before form. When picking the layout, consider both the kitchen area’s size and shape and how you want to work in the space.
Think laterally and come up with creative solutions
While there’s an increasing number of space-saving kitchen fixtures and furnishings available, some creativity will still be required. For example:
- If you want to bring in more natural light without giving up valuable wall space, consider adding a skylight. This is particularly effective if your kitchen does not have an external wall.
- Consider other types of storage, like pull out shelves and baskets on top of lower cabinets.
- Keeping the lines of your kitchen as clean and simple as possible will help make the space look bigger. To help with this, consider minimising the breaks in your cabinetry by using handle-less doors and drawers instead of cupboards.
- Using a lighter colour palette and reflective materials will also help make the space feel larger. However, incorporating some darker highlights will help create contrast and visual interest.
- Where possible, look for fixtures and appliances that serve multiple functions, like pull out bench space or dual-purpose appliances. This will help optimise your space and give your kitchen personality and character.
Consult the experts
An experienced kitchen designer – like those at Kitchen Shack – will understand the challenges of a compact kitchen and know how to overcome them. They should be able to guide you through the whole planning process and work with you to come up with some creative solutions. They should also be able to help you incorporate your own personal style into the design.
So, if you need help getting the most from your small kitchen, give Kitchen Shack a call. Our friendly team is always happy to offer advice, and we provide a free design and quote service. We also have showrooms throughout Melbourne, where you can check out our entire range and get a little design inspiration.