5 big ideas for small kitchens

Caitlin Hughes Caitlin Hughes
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So, you want a stylish and contemporary kitchen but you don't have much space to work with? It's a problem that most of the population experience, and can be so frustrating, especially when you're a keen at-home chef or like to host parties for your friends. It can feel like there aren't many options, but even though you cant magically add an extra 15 square metres to your home (unless you want to take on an extension project), there are ways to get the most from your kitchen without having to make any drastic alterations. Here are some small kitchen ideas that we fancy!

1. Utilise every single corner

Little Cream Kitchen: classic Kitchen by Hallwood Furniture
Hallwood Furniture

Little Cream Kitchen

Hallwood Furniture

It makes sense: if you have a small kitchen, don't waste space! Think about your cabinets and how you can store as much as possible in the smallest cupboards, without piling appliances, pots, and pans on top of each other into an unmanageable mess. This could mean corner cupboards which pull outwards rather than across; separate shallow but wide racks which help you to organise your cupboards for easy access, or simply more cupboards and drawers that have been perfectly tailored to your kitchen. Be clever with your storage: not everything has to be hidden away, as we'll discuss in the next point…

2. Make the most of the walls

Small kitchen, big bold colour!: eclectic Kitchen by Hallwood Furniture
Hallwood Furniture

Small kitchen, big bold colour!

Hallwood Furniture

Wall racks or hooks are an extremely straight forward way to save space in a small kitchen, so take inspiration from the professionals at Hallwood FurnitureA magnetic strip above the cooker or the kitchen island (however small) will give you that all important extra storage, without requiring more floorspace. It also gives you easy access to every day utensils, and lets you show off your favourite items.

3. Disperse the light

Notting Hill Maisonette: eclectic Kitchen by Barlow & Barlow Design
Barlow & Barlow Design

Notting Hill Maisonette

Barlow & Barlow Design

Shine a light on every part of your kitchen and give it the attention it deserves! Wall lights, back lights and spot lights are a great way to light up the dark corners, emphasise each element of your small kitchen  design, and create a balanced and ambient space that you will enjoy cooking and socialising in. Dispersed lighting also prevents a harsh light from one single overhead source dominating your kitchen, which is never conducive to a relaxing evening at home. 

4. Stick to light colours

It's a rule as old as time, but no less relevant: light colours open up a room, making it appear bigger and brighter. Colour has been scientifically proven to impact mood, and light colours or soft neutral tones have a calming and soothing effect. With this in mind, a light colour palette in the kitchen is a win-win situation. And if you hadn't noticed, white minimalist kitchens are trending right now too. 

5. Open out onto the garden

Finally, we really recommend that you make the most of the natural light available. Of course, not everyone has the means to extend out into the garden, but if you can, it's definitely worth considering. Alternatively, ensure your kitchen is designed with the location of the windows in mind, or if you can't make any structural changes at the moment, simply opt for white or cream roller blinds and avoid heavy curtains or thick patterned blinds—busy patterns will only make your kitchen look smaller. 

If you follow these steps, you're sure to notice the difference in your kitchen, and hopefully you'll feel more positive about your space than before.

Want to see an example of a kitchen that has undergone a big transformation? Then check out this kitchen for every season

What do you think of these small kitchen ideas?

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