Even though most kitchens in design magazines seem to be spacious, most kitchens are typically small. The trick eventually boils down to planning for a proper layout, creating ample storage spaces, and manages to fit your “must haves” in your kitchen limited space. Following are some experts’ tips to maximize your kitchenette space and subtly put an end to the usual overcrowded look.
First you need to plan for a proper layout that focuses on practicality and flexibility more than style. There are various stylish layouts that best suit limited spaces – including wall layout, L shaped, U shaped, and corridor layout.
Try utilizing the available space to its full capacity. For instance, corner spaces are usually wasted so try utilizing it by fitting a lazy Suzan or tucking a drop table with two ladder-backed stools to create an eating nook. Emphasize the height of your kitchen by using recessed lights instead of pendants.
Think upward by install pantry storage units that go all the way up to the ceiling and use upper shelves to store less-used items. You could also install a hanging pot holder which offers both practicality and visual appeal.
Opt for compact appliances like narrower ovens, cooking tops, and dishwashers. Avoid picking a refrigerator deeper than 24 inches. Also, consider appliances that could be hung or wall-mounted such as spice racks or microwaves.
Use light-colored small tiles, cabinets with glass doors and deep counters. Reflective surfaces such as mirrored backsplashes can do wonders and a large window work magic. Also, install a deep sink with a tall faucet to assure it will accommodate your pots and pans.
As kitchens tend to look cramped, try storing any thing that looks out of place. If you have a trash can, place it inside a lower cabinet. Use trays and bins to organize any collection of items. Utilize the insides of your cabinet doors to hang up utensils, cutlery, and oven mitts. When limitation of space is at premium, the task could be a serious challenge, but it’s definitely worth a try.