Kitchens are always a renovation challenge, simply because it is a room that has so much to do - cook, store, prepare and clean. Small kitchens require even more focus to achieve a functional and efficient layout than larger spaces that can incorporate more storage space and island benches.
A small kitchen will benefit from streamlined storage and increased bench space. This means every element of by eliminating those items which would normally sit there. Small gadgets, knife blocks, bread bins etc should be put away and brought out when you really need to use them. You could also go through all of your pots and pans, small appliances etc and get rid of the things you hardly ever use.
A small kitchen can be made to appear larger with clever use of colour and light, coupled with strong design. For instance, bringing in more natural light with a skylight or larger window can make it seem brighter. Strong use of horizontal lines can draw the eye outwards to visually lengthen your kitchen. Using light colours in your kitchen colour scheme can also make your kitchen appear larger.
Here are a few other kitchen design tips for small kitchens:
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* Opt for drawers instead of doors in your kitchen. This can increase your storage space by as much as 30%
* Run your wall cabinets and tall cabinets up to the ceiling or soffit to increase storage space
* A pullout countertop will give you more counter space
* A smaller sink will give you more bench space
* Consider using smaller than the 600mm standard measurement for appliances like dishwashers and cooktops.
* Make use of wall space for hanging racks
* Glass fronted cabinets appear visually 'lighter' than full door cabinets
* Glass shelving is also visually 'lighter'
* streamlining your collection of saucepans and frypans will free up cupboards
© 2007 Alex May