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Tips for Updating a Small Kitchen

Tips for Updating a Small Kitchen

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)