There’s an unfortunate irony with renovations and refurbishments where the smaller the space, the harder it is to do things with it – and this especially applies to kitchens. The thing is though, a small kitchen can really benefit from a spruce up and, by following some simple recommendations, maximising your kitchen space could be a much less daunting task.
- If your floor plan permits, create an island that combines storage, eating space, and an under-counter microwave.
- Alternatively, stash your microwave underneath an overhead cabinet.
- Have an unused second doorway to the kitchen? Make a refrigerator alcove out of it.
- Install a sink with an industrial multi-function tap and pull out combo like this Robinhood (TP01400) model.
- Create a bistro-style eating area using a drop-leaf table tucked into a corner.
- Install a sleek, frameless induction cooktop to limit the heat introduced into your kitchen. A 600mm Fisher & Paykel Slideout Rangehood can tuck in neatly overhead.
- Focus your efforts on pleasant and convenient food storage, preparation and eating areas.
- Choose open shelving if your dishware collection can withstand it, or use opaque glass cabinet fronts.
- Embrace pot racks for overhead storage and use magnetized knife holders for cutlery.
- Install a narrow rollout cabinet between the refrigerator and cupboards, or a drop-down sponge drawer in front of the sink.
- This Fisher & Paykel Single Dishdrawer holds seven place settings and fits in a wall mount space!
Light, Design and Materials
- Select materials and trims that will make the space bright and inviting.
- In a small kitchen, every bit of colour changes the atmosphere of the kitchen! Some designers still swear by using light palettes to make spaces seem larger.
- Others advocate using deep colours in flooring, walls and countertops balanced by glass-front cabinets and plenty of natural light.
- Balance lighting with natural light, and your small space will look much larger.
- Use low-heat LED lighting under cabinets for task lighting without added heat.
- Drop colourful pendant lights over key work zones like the sink and cook top.
- Consider a glass-tile backsplash of interesting, soothing colours, or a granite-topped island in a vivid hue.
- Bring in sealed cork flooring or tumbled marble tiles.
- Choose appliances that perform dual functions and mount in the wall or under cabinets. Invest in a wall-mounted oven such as this 65-litre electric Beko 60cm unit.
- Go for a full-size refrigerator with a moderate footprint and capacity, like the LG 567L Side-by-Side: it includes ice and water dispensers, as well as an adjustable home bar for combined space saving and luxury.
You can create a wonderful kitchen space within your existing architecture through good, simple interior design choices that suit your tastes and lifestyle. That’s Betta!
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(photo via j l t)