We share our clever space saving ideas for small kitchen designs to allow you to maximise your favourite space.
Designing your bespoke kitchen can take a little bit of extra planning when space is at a premium. It’s important to make every square inch count when you’re designing a space for cooking, eating and entertaining, and our team of experienced experts are on hand with their best small kitchen ideas to get your project off the ground.
Small kitchen layouts need to be ultra-functional – no matter how beautiful the finished kitchen is, you won’t be able to enjoy it if the layout doesn’t work for you. We’ll discuss your lifestyle, tastes and everyday routines to help you establish the must-haves for your kitchen, as well as the things you can sacrifice to give you a bit more space. We can then consider where each item should be placed to create an efficient workflow.
Lighter, brighter colours make smaller kitchens appear bigger and airier, so they’re usually our first port of call. This explains why so many smaller kitchens are decorated in a palette of white, cream, beige and pale grey. These don’t have to be your only options though. You can add bold splashes of colour without the room feeling too confined, and darker features can be balanced out with lighter walls and flooring to complete the design.
Lighting is also essential in making the most of your small kitchen space. Natural light creates an unmatched clean and bright look, so it’s important not to obscure any windows. If you need more natural light, it may be possible to incorporate additional windows or even a skylight. If your layout is lacking in natural light, you can invest in lightbulbs that’ll mimic daylight.
Storage can present a real problem when looking at small kitchen ideas. There’s nowhere for clutter to hide, so it’s important that everything has a home of its own. Specially designed small kitchen cabinets and drawers can fit into smaller spaces so that nothing is wasted; tambour units, larder cupboards, magic corner solutions and plinth drawers, are great for small kitchens. It’s possible to extend upwards rather than outwards as well, adding extra-height cupboards for storing infrequently used items. They also double up as a visual cue to draw the eye upwards, making the room appear larger.
When choosing appliances for a small kitchen, it’s important that they fit the scale of the room. An oversized American-style fridge freezer is not only going to look out of place but is also likely to upset the workflow of your kitchen. Integrated appliances that can be hidden behind doors for a streamlined look. In response to demand, many appliance manufacturers have now created smaller versions of dishwashers, washing machines and other kitchen electronics to fit into smaller rooms.