Working with A Compact Kitchen Design
Just because your kitchen is small, doesn't mean that you are limited on options when it comes to designing a tiny kitchen that is practical and organized.
Not every house or townhouse has a large kitchen, I have had to work with several small kitchen designs on my way up the property ladder. When kitchen space is limited, you just need a clever plan to ensure your kitchen is practical and organized so that the space works for you.
Decorate a small kitchen in neutral colours that brighten up the space and make it feel larger than it is. You can quite easily use accessories to add a splash of colour.
Kitchen Designs for Small Spaces
When your kitchen is compact and smaller than most, you need to be clever to make the most of every single bit of space available. A small kitchen doesn't mean that your options are limited, they just need a bit of careful thought and planning to get the most out of the available space.
A small kitchen may not have the space to dress up the area and create a style statement, but you can still showcase your personality and stamp your mark on the space by expressing your style.
Make a Big Statement
Since the space you have to work with is on the small side, there are plenty of big ways and large ideas to let your kitchen stand out. The priority is to use colours that work together to provide an illusion of more space and make a small kitchen feel much larger than it is.
Ideas for a Galley Kitchen
In a galley-style kitchen, you will only have the use of a single wall, or space at one end of the kitchen, to use for storage space. Make as much use as possible of any wall that doesn't intrude on the floor space for cabinets and cupboards that will help with storage and organization.
If space allows, mount a small shelf on the wall without cupboards, to serve as additional countertop space when you need to prep food for your family.
Incorporate a Small Island
Even a small kitchen island offers additional countertop space that you can put to good use. Plus, when designed correctly, they can also provide essential storage for kitchen appliances and accessories. Design a kitchen island that features a drop-leaf countertop for prepping and as a breakfast bar, and that can be folded down when not in use.
Have Plenty of Storage
Too many people tend to forget about the walls in a small kitchen, yet these are perfect for adding more storage without taking up much-needed floor space. Cabinets and shelves on high walls can be filled with items you use, with less used items at the top and regularly used items lower down.
It's all about making use of the space you have and making the most of it. Before doing any work, sit down and draw a rough sketch of the kitchen, noting what will go where so that you know you will have enough space and everything fits where you want it.
With everything arranged on the walls, the eye is immediately drawn up and doesn't focus as much on the lack of space.
Keep it Organized
Countertops and open shelves that are filled with items lean towards a kitchen lacking in organization. When you only have a small kitchen you need to be resourceful when it comes to keeping countertops uncluttered and shelves neatly organized. If you don't use it regularly, make sure to have a place where it can be stored and put away when not in use.
Even if you make use of storage space that isn't in the kitchen, appliances or items that aren't used regularly can be moved out of the kitchen to make space for those that are.