Kitchen Design Ideas for a Small Kitchen
November 22, 2010
A good small kitchen design can make the space appear bigger. The kitchen is often the most visited room in the house, so it is important to make the most of it. You can use some clever storage and layout ideas to maximize the space in your small kitchen.
- Don't use up space unnecessarily with appliances. If you can move the washing machine into the garage or basement, for example, move it. Install slimline appliances if they must be in the kitchen, and double-up with a washer-dryer instead of two separate appliances.
- Make the most of wall space to keep floor space free. Wall cabinets are ideal for keeping the counter tops and floor space free. Light-colored or glass cabinet doors help prevent the spacefrom feeling too enclosed. If you have a high enough ceiling, fit narrow, double-stacked wall cabinets.
- An integrated stove with the stove top built in to the counter top can create a greater sense of space.
- Keep décor and furnishings simple. You can choose bright colors but don't use too many patterns, pictures on the wall, or frilly drapes.
- Glass or plastic for shelving or furniture such as a kitchen table can make the space in a small kitchen appear larger. Likewise, using chrome wire shelves and hooks for utensils rather than solid shelving makes the space look bigger and reduces the need for drawer space.
- Simple things such as removing non-essential items from the kitchen counter tops and using under-floor heating instead of a radiator can help make the most of the space you have.
Use your imagination and you can create a small kitchen design that feels spacious and is easy to use.