If your kitchen area is small, a single person cooking could feel like ten people hustling and bustling at the same time. Here are a few tricks and hacks to help you make use of your small kitchen. We also place a few ideas in case you have your dream kitchen one day.
Put everything higher
If there is still space between your wall cabinet and your ceiling, that’s extra space for you. Maximize that by placing boxes or baskets where you can put away things you don’t use often. Aside from being utilitarian, the boxes and baskets double as kitchen decors.
White never goes wrong
White always makes the room appear bigger, and not to mention, cleaner. Use white paint for your kitchen. In fact, make everything white including your appliances. To add a bit of fun and diversion, add small, colourful decorative pieces and place them strategically around your kitchen.
Use subway tiles
Subway tiles give your kitchen a more distinct look. Most of all, it gives the illusion of a much bigger space. Thus, instead of glossy tiles, use subway tiling – you’ll never regret it. And don’t forget to purchase the white-coloured ones.
Arrange by colour
No, we’re not obsessive compulsive nor do we want you to become one when we suggested this. There is a science behind this – if you group everything by colour in a room, everything looks more organised and less cluttered. Because of that, the kitchen feels more spacious.
Make shelves multi-purpose
Shelves are for plates and other utensils. However, you can ditch that design rule if you have limited kitchen space. Instead, you can utilize the extra space you have on your shelves by stacking your snacks and your spices on them. But don’t forget to arrange them neatly.
Add a bit of contrast
We suggested making your kitchen all white and adding a bit of colour here and there. You can further add contrast by using reclaimed wood for your shelves. The colour and the texture of the wood gives character to your kitchen.
No storage space, no sweat
What if your already small kitchen has a non-existent storage space? No problem! As they say, “if you don’t have one, create one.” Dedicate a little bit of space in your kitchen to become your storage area. Install some shelves on the wall and place smaller shelves or stools below them. You can set your kitchen ingredients or other kitchen paraphernalia there.
An assembly line kitchen
You might not have thought of going for a galley-style kitchen because of the limited space it offers. You might be surprised, though, that you can actually create work areas in this by placing space in stations. That means, you designate a specific spot in the kitchen to prepare your food, where to cook, and so on. It’s making your meals assembly-line style.
Opt for a modern kitchen
If you want to make your kitchen look more prominent, go for a modern minimalist kitchen. You’ll have more space and less clutter. You can place a small rug in the middle to make the space cosy and warm.
Follow the logic
If you have a small kitchen, it makes sense to have small furniture as well. However, it does not mean you will get Lilliputian furniture. Instead, go for low seating rather than bulkier chairs. They don’t just make the room appear bigger, but they do not visually distract as well.
Because it’s a tiny kitchen, a little clutter becomes magnified. Make every effort to keep it clean and all items in place to maintain the airiness and comfort of your kitchen space. But adding a little bunch of fresh flowers is a very welcoming idea.
Get a multi-purpose island
Every inch of space in your small kitchen is essential. When you get an island, get one which has a lot of storage space and can be used for different purposes. Get one where you can place your towels or cooking items under it.
Create an appliance garage
Like a garage where you park your car and place all your tools and cleaning items, an appliance garage is like a built-in shelf which you can hide when not in use and pull if you want it. You can store your small appliances, like your coffee maker and toaster, inside this built-in cabinets.