Living with a small kitchen can be frustrating, but there are several different ways to make the experience more pleasant. Here, we offer a few decorating tips which will help to make a tiny kitchen look and feel more spacious.
Before you think about things like adding in storage space or compact appliances, consider the colour of the walls and the overall colour palette you want in the kitchen. The shades you choose for the walls, the cupboards, the flooring and the countertops will have a huge impact on how large or small the space appears. As a general rule of thumb, lighter colours are a good choice for small kitchens. If you love darker shades, you can always incorporate these in using appliances or the curtains in deep, rich colours. However, for most of the kitchen, opting for neutral tones of cream, pastel yellow, mint or blue is a much better choice, as these lighter shades will open up the room and create a sense of spaciousness.
In a small kitchen, you should think carefully not only about where the worktops are positioned, but also what type of materials you choose for them. Whilst dark granite countertops can look very sleek and modern, they can make a small space look even more cramped. In addition to this, spills and breakages are much more likely to happen in a small kitchen, particularly if there’s more than a couple of people in there at any one time, as there simply isn’t enough room for everyone. Because of this, it’s crucial that your worktops are durable and resistant to cracking and scratches. As such, wooden worktops are generally the best choice for tiny kitchens; you have a choice of light coloured wooden shades (beech and pine are particularly good options) and on top of this, wood is very durable and not as likely to scratch as other materials.
Perhaps one of the most frustrating aspects of a small kitchen is the lack of storage space for food, pots, pans and appliances. However, there are ways to create additional storage space, in even the tiniest of spaces. If you’re lucky enough to have high ceilings in the kitchen, make the most of this by ‘stacking’ the cupboards upwards, as high as possible. Alternatively, you could use this space near the ceiling for hanging pots and pans, using some hooks nailed onto the walls.
Clear out the clutter:
Clutter is the enemy when it comes to small kitchens; cutlery, utensils and various bits and bobs lying around on the worktops will make the space feel more cramped and messy and will also make it near impossible to carry out even the simplest of tasks. As such, it is best to keep the items you store in the kitchen to a minimum and try to make sure that the ones you do store in this room are kept out of sight, if at all possible.