For some people, a small kitchen might mean a totally different thing than for others. The size of the kitchen is subjective as to what your needs are, meaning that for some people, the kitchen you consider too small might be just right. There are no standard solutions for everybody, so in this article I would like to write some ideas of what I consider to be a good use of a small space, and you should pick whatever works best for your kitchen.
The first thing to consider in you small kitchen is changing all the cupboards in white or variations of white. This colour tends to give us the impression of openness and space. Very light colours also help a room seem less dark.
One of the biggest issues I see my customers are facing is that they have so much stuff and very little storage space. Of course that George Foreman grill is important, and that rice cooker does the trick, and that slow cooker makes life easier, but let’s be honest, how many times do you use them PER DAY? Yes, that is the most important question to answer, a question which I fail to answer myself in terms of small appliances which take up my worktop space. A small kitchen should be very organised, and should have the essentials. We have to learn to differentiate from things we want, from the things we actually need in order to create that beautiful small kitchen.
I honestly think that a sliding door can be a very good solution for small spaces. Many times when I was designing a kitchen I was faced with the problem of the door hitting the units, and this resulted in frustration. If your budget can cover a new stylish sliding door, it might be a thing you should consider.
Another very important solution for saving space would be to relocate the washing machine. The space that appliance takes, including the pipework can be used for so many other things. In Continental Europe, the washing machine is usually placed in the bathroom, together with the tumble dryer. More times you will find them stacked one over the other in a hidden cupboard.
Another appliance to consider taking out of a small kitchen would be the dishwasher. This appliance can easily be replaced by a butler sink, that will give you more space to do the washing up.
Consider using smaller containers for your coffee beans, cereals, sugar etc. Having oversize containers can look very interesting, but in order to save space, this is something you might need to address. Every single corner should be used as open space shelving. When doing this, we need to keep in mind that the area should be organized at all times to avoid the cluttered look.
Fifty thousand dollars’ worth of cabinets isn’t going to make you a better cook; cooking is going to make you a better cook. At the end of the day, you can slice a mushroom in about three inches of space, and you can carve a chicken in a foot and a half. So it doesn’t matter how big the kitchen is.
There are many ideas that I can share with you in regards to your small kitchen, but as every space is unique, I can give you bespoke tips on how you can make a small space you hate into a wonderful place to be in.