How to get the most out of your small kitchen
As kitchens are now where people spend the majority of their time at home, it is important to ensure you make the most of the space you have. If your kitchen is on the smaller end of the scale and you are struggling for ideas to improve your living area, try these tips and tricks to make the most of your space and achieve the kitchen of your dreams.
Brighten up your room with paint
White enhances the light, so an all-white colour scheme in your kitchen is guaranteed to make the room feel lighter and therefore more spacious. If you paint your walls and ceiling in the same shade of white it will create the effect of the ceiling being higher and the room larger. Remember to opt for a specialist kitchen and bathroom paint which is designed to cope with excess moisture from cooking. If all white is not your style, then just touch up the paint work in a white gloss paint and add a touch of colour to the room through wood in the lower cupboards or a small table. If you are determined to add personality through colour then stick to a clean, bright pastel palette so that you add colour and personality without being too bold and limiting the illusion of space.
Maximise your storage space
Make the most of the all the existing space in your kitchen. Not all cupboards stretch from the ceiling to the floor – so if you have extra space above your cupboards, utilise it. If you like your kitchen to look and feel organised, then purchase some extra storage boxes that suit the design of your room and fit the space above the cupboards. These can be used to store any dried foods, baking equipment or anything that isn’t used on a daily basis. Alternatively, for a more rustic look, store larger pots and pans and kitchen appliances on top of the cupboards. Spare areas of wall can be utilised too. Add open shelving to make the most of height in the room or invest in some hanging pot racks so that you can showcase your pots and pans and use your cupboards for other kitchen items.
Let the light in
Light is key in a small space and gaining extra natural light is something that often requires a bigger change. If you have a window in your kitchen, ensure you make the most of the light by not blocking the window with heavy dark curtains or shutters. Stick to a neutral blind or thin voile curtains so that no light is blocked out. For artificial lighting, pendant lights over a table can make a great focal point, whilst also emphasising height in the room. They are perfect for lighting up the dining space once the sun has gone down. Add under counter lighting to make your surfaces functional and easy to light up when needed.
Organise your cupboards
Perhaps you are not a naturally tidy person, but organising your kitchen will help you maximise all potential space. Start by organising the inside of your cupboards. Add hooks to the inside of cupboard doors for smaller cooking utensils so that you are not cramming them into drawers. Herbs and spices can be stored easily on a Lazy Susan to maximise the space they take up and make them easily accessible. Categorise the food in your cupboards and empty uneven packets into similar sized jars to ensure the contents of cupboards can be stacked neatly in cupboards or on open shelves. You can then move on to the drawers by purchasing dividers so that you can separate those annoying items practically. The awkward shaped pan lids can be stored cleverly at the edge, and food containers can have their own compartment.
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