There has been a growing trend in recent years for large kitchens that have plenty of room for entertaining family and friends. However, small kitchens can be just as attractive when they are designed with efficiency and style.
People who have a small kitchen space to design can still have a great kitchen regardless of the size. The key factors to consider are how the area will be used, that everything that is needed is in there and that it is designed in the style required. The kitchen is a working area for preparing meals so it must be able to be used for this function.
Storage spaces are important to keep the kitchen free from clutter. In a small kitchen, creativity may be needed to ensure that the storage space is adequate. There are other ways to make the kitchen appear larger. For the small kitchen to be efficient the three main factors for consideration are storage, lighting and appliances.
Although they appear to be a design challenge, small kitchens can be functional and efficient. There are many options for creating and transforming a small kitchen even if the budget is limited and there are building restrictions in place.
Following an open floor plan can make a small kitchen feel larger where the space flows into the living or dining room. The wall colors can be changed from room to room which will visually separate the spaces. Using light colors in the kitchen can make it feel more open, as can plenty of natural light.
Using glass materials that allow light to bounce around the area is another way to make the kitchen seem larger. Glass can be used for the counter or tabletop, and for the door cabinets. If there is a door to the kitchen, using a glass door will give views of the back yard or other rooms in the house and can expand the visual space. Reflective glass tiles can create a sparkling effect in the kitchen.
The use of color in making the kitchen look larger does not have to be limited to the color of the walls. It can also be used for appliances, counters, stools and even dishtowels. Using light or pastel colors will reflect the light and draw eyes upwards, making the space appear more open. Use of color in this manner may allow bolder colors to be used on the walls.
Appliances can be downsized to ensure that everything that is needed can be fitted into the small kitchen. Smaller versions of stoves, microwaves and kitchen tables will not take up too much space and will be in proportion to the rest of the kitchen.
The wrong lighting is often used in small kitchens and this can make the space feel dim and enclosed. Pendant lights on the ceiling and fluorescent lighting below the cabinets are better lighting choices. This will visually expand the space by casting light off the countertops and backsplash. A brighter kitchen will always appear larger than one with dimmer lighting.