Let’s face it, not everyone is blessed in the size department, right ex-boyfriend? But when it comes to the size of your kitchen, sometimes bigger doesn’t always have to mean better. A pint-sized kitchen can be just as stylish and practical as a palatial number.
The kitchen should somewhere you look forward to going. Somewhere you enjoy cooking in. Somewhere you can get the day off to the best possible start with breakfast. And you certainly don’t need to sacrifice style despite having a small space to work with.
Here are some of my favourite ideas to maximise space, as well as some stylishly ways to decorate a small kitchen on a budget.
The key to maximising the space in your kitchen is to get organised. Spend one Saturday afternoon decluttering the room, getting rid of old mixing bowls you don’t and won’t use, to spices that went out of date in 2013. Donate what you can to charity and throw the rest away. Don’t have appliances out just for the sake of it. OK, if it’s a Smeg blender, then girl, get that thing a throne to sit on, but other than that – put it away in a cupboard if possible.
Which leads me to my next point. Good storage is essential when it comes to making the most out of a small kitchen. Some of my favourite storage ideas include:
- W ire plate racks in cupboards to keep crockery organised
- Magnet boards to hold knifes
- Keeping ingredients in clear labelled jars on shelves
- Hooking cleaning utensils on the back of cupboard doors
- Adding shelves above the window to hold plants, decorative objects, bowls etc
- Adding shelving to your splashback to hold glasses
- Metal racks attached either above the oven, along the wall or under cupboards are a great way to hang pots and pans. Just look at Kate La Vie’s idea with copper piping above.
- Can you place those pieces you use once a year – the fancy Christmas crockery you’re scared of chipping, for example – up on top of cupboards in nice boxes? That way you have space for pieces you use more daily.
- If you have an awkward but redundant space within the kitchen, why not consider getting a bespoke pull-out pantry customised. It’s amazing what kitchen designers will be able to do with a space you see as wasted.
Just because the space you’re working with is small, it doesn’t mean you have to stick to strictly white. Dark cabinets can look ultra stylish on the bottom half of the kitchen, but by teaming them with white tiles, open shelving and perhaps cupboards with glass inserts allows extra light in. It does mean, however, you need to be super organised so if you’re the sort of person who likes to open a pasta bag and have it fall out all over the floor every time you open the cupboard door *cough me* then maybe white full doors might do a better job of hiding your sins.
Lighting is key to making a small kitchen appear larger so invest in spotlighting or cleverly placed pendant lighting. If you have dark cabinets, it might also be worth fitting LED lights underneath, around and even inside to brighten the space up. And although this isn’t an electrical feature, adding mirrored splashbacks can add so much more natural light, especially if the window is opposite.
Consider the design
If you’re planning on adding a whole new kitchen then it might be worth considering slimmed based cabinets to allow for more floor space. The depth of the cabinets can be changed so don’t think you have to stick with the same standard size as off the rack designs. You could also invest in a butcher’s block or mini island on wheels, which can turn into a bar, a portable pantry, or even a breakfast bar on a weekend. Finally, a wooden cooker top means you can hide a gas hob and utilise the space as a chopping area.
It’s all in the detail
If you have a galley kitchen, make the space look longer by adding a vertical rug down the centre of the floor. This will trick to eye to making the room appear bigger. Another design detail to add space is to make sure you buy backless barstools so they can be hidden or stacked easily. Finally, when storing utensils or supplies, group them together on trays to make the countertop free of clutter while still remaining stylish.
Budget Kitchen Updates…
1.2-pack tea towel £3.99 2. Stoneware Salad Bowl £19.99 3. Carafe £12.99 4. Large Glass Jar with Lid £12.99 5. Wooden Chopping Board £12.99 6. Metal Wire Basket £6.99 7. 4-piece metal measuring cups £4.99 8. Fabric Bread Basket £3.99 9. Porcelain Teapot £12.99 10. Textured Bowl £6.99 11. Porcelain Teapot £12.99