If you’ve just moved into your first home, it’s likely that you may have compromised on something. The location, perhaps? Or you could have given up many of your beloved clothes to fit them in the tiny space you now own. Maybe you have to run out the office at 5 on the dot and break all the speed limits to secure that one valuable parking space out front? For many people, the size of the kitchen in their new home is what is compromised. But, even if you have a teeny tiny kitchen in Northampton, there is still hope for you to achieve an enjoyable space and make the most of what you have.
There are many ways in which you can use the space you have most effectively, creating a space which feels larger, airier and is practical for use. If you have a small sweet space for your kitchen, it is definitely worth getting a specialist kitchen designer to help you out, however, it is first worth trying out the following clever design tips to get the best from the space you have.
- Integrate an eating area
An eating area is one of the most important elements of an enjoyable kitchen. It is the place for families to spend quality time together, and including this space also means that you will be able to invite people round and entertain guests.
You may not have room for a full table and chairs worthy of a Christmas dinner hosting, but you may be able to squeeze in an integrated breakfast bar, or a simple pull out table in the corner of the room, and this will make all the difference to you being able to use your kitchen and enjoy it.
- Open plan storage
Nowadays, there are many options in terms of storage, other than just installing rows of cupboards all around the walls of your kitchen, which obviously make the room look and feel a lot smaller, limiting the space massively.
Installing shelving instead of cupboards on the walls of your kitchen will make it look a lot more spacious and will give your kitchen the feel of being more airy and roomy. It also gives your kitchen a homely feel and when organised properly, it is a convenient layout when cooking.
The open plan storage idea isn’t for everyone, but if you do like this look. It is perfect for galley kitchens and kitchens which are longer and thinner rather than square in shape.
- Simple colour scheme
Any small room is complimented with light, airy colours, such as neutrals and pastels. This will not only make the room look larger, but it will also make it feel airier and brighter. Another trick is to match your cupboards with the colour of the walls; the cupboards will sink into the background and this will create the illusion of more space in the room and can look chic and elegant.
If you want to add a splash of colour and interest to your kitchen, do so with some simple accessories, such as the kettle and toaster. This will give your kitchen those colour accents you need to brighten things up and will make it a little more interesting.
- Use lighting
Lighting is an important feature in any room, and the same goes for the kitchen. Not only this, but installing some attractive lights can be a great way to open up a small space and make it look bigger. Use lights to illuminate areas which would otherwise be dark and in shadow, such as under cupboards and in corners.
Statement lighting is also currently on trend, so don’t be afraid to create a central kitchen feature by investing in a statement piece to go above the eating area or in a line in the centre of the room. Some popular ideas include pendulum lighting and attractive, individual ceiling lights.
- Clever storage
In any kitchen, the storage areas are imperative, and in a small kitchen, the storage space is generally very limited. What’s more, in a confined kitchen space, it is likely you won’t want to use up all your valuable space simply storing food and apparatus, instead you will want to use it for eating room and living space. If this sounds familiar, it is time to get creative and install some clever storage.
Doing some research can help you to choose some storage which is much better suited to the space you have available in your kitchen. For example, think about using the height of the room to your advantage, as well as using the lower room for example under the table and bench seats.
- Add your own personal touch
Finally, don’t lose touch of your own personal design preferences for the sake of cramming everything possible into the space you have. The kitchen is often the heart of a home, so whatever the size of your kitchen, there is always room for your personality to make its way through.
Throw in a few of your own unique ideas which show off your personal flair and let everyone know the kitchen is yours. This could be some flashes of your favourite colours, a handmade tea cosy, a personalised mug, a fridge magnet or some decorative pieces. Whatever your style, make sure it features in your kitchen.