10 tips for a small kitchen
At the risk of falling into a cliché, we will start by saying that the kitchen is the nerve center of the home. It is the place where we spend most of our time. We cook, have breakfast, eat, chat, have a glass of wine and even work. So, it is not that it is the heart of the house, it can also be the brain and the lungs.
But what happens when we have a small kitchen? To begin with, it is necessary to banish the idea that a small kitchen cannot be practical or attractive.
To do this, we must focus on making the most of every square centimeter we have available. In fact, it is key to bet on modular furniture, light colors, integrated appliances and exploit the verticality of the walls. All this, always integrated in an order that promotes the idea of breadth and spaciousness.
From Molins Design we want to offer you 10 tips to get a small, practical and beautiful kitchen, take note of our advice!
Natural light is the best option to illuminate a home. In the case of the small, practical and beautiful kitchen, too. If you are lucky and have natural light, take advantage of it. If the lighting goes through artificial light, remember that a well-lit kitchen will always seem bigger.
Place lamps on the ceiling and remember to illuminate the countertop. LED strips on the bottom of the furniture are an excellent solution.
We start from the idea that we are dealing with a small kitchen, but it is worth examining all the possibilities. For starters, you can replace the traditional hinged door with a sliding one. Also consider the option of eliminating a wall or placing a glass opening.
If the kitchen is very narrow, the smartest choice is to furnish it on one side only. And, one last tip, if you want to enhance the feeling of spaciousness, place a picture or photograph on a wall. Make sure it is a wide and deep perspective.
3. Order, order and more order
The order is basic in a narrow and small kitchen. It is essential to free up space and always collect the utensils we have used. Placing jars and containers of similar appearance and distributing them symmetrically on shelves and shelves, conveys a sense of balance and cleanliness.
Leaving kitchen utensils on the countertop, cloths piled up on the counter or stacking plates and glasses without order, gives a sense of chaos that dwarfs the kitchen.
4. Light and bright colours
Light tones always favor a small kitchen. Starting with the tone of the floor, the ideal is that it extends the material that has been placed in the dining room or living room. If the choice is a porcelain, it is interesting that it has some plot. Placing a white or extremely light option will be a mistake because it will immediately look dirty.
The tone of the countertop should also be light. If so, it will reflect the light it receives and will enhance the brightness of the kitchen. Finally, a very useful tip is to use the same color on walls, floor and furniture. That way, the uniformity of the area will reinforce the clarity of the space and make it look bigger.
5. Cabinets and storage
Storage space seems to be the unfinished business in the design of a small and beautiful kitchen. However, the key is to take advantage of every last centimeter, opt for multipurpose solutions and give it a personal and attractive touch.
First of all, the cabinets in a small kitchen should always reach the ceiling. Forget about extra trolleys because they will always be in the way and get in the way in a small room. It’s much better to opt for tall, well-used cabinets.
That means you can place pull-out modules. Even if they are narrow, they will always offer storage space. Remember to take advantage of the holes by installing accessible corners and also use the space of the plinth by building a drawer to store things that you use occasionally.
A very useful possibility is to install shelves between the upper cabinets and the countertop. Our advice is to combine the deeper shelves for plates or dishes with the narrower shelves. On the latter you can place glass jars, cups or glasses.
Bars are a good solution for hanging kitchen utensils and there is an interesting collection of swivel or row hooks that can store everything from dishcloths to cutlery. Remember to compartmentalize the drawers well so that the interior is tidy and each object has its place. And do this with all the drawers, not just the one containing the cutlery.
Keep in mind that functional designs are the most appropriate for a small kitchen. Look for options that contain more than one function. A shelf that includes hangers on the edge, an adjustable shelf above the microwave or a drawer that incorporates a cutting board.
6. Quality worktop
The countertop is the main working place in the kitchen. For this reason it is important to take the time to choose the model that combines strength, durability and aesthetics. The fact of being in a small kitchen is not the same as placing just any countertop.
There are many materials used to manufacture countertops. They range from the classic granite or marble to hybrid surfaces of different minerals. It is also possible to create countertops made of wood or natural stone.
In any case, it is always necessary to have a professional to help us with the design, measurement and placement of the kitchen countertop.
Undoubtedly, it is necessary to install a good quality material and recover the idea of functionality by placing hangers or accessories to increase the usefulness of the countertop.
7. Integrated appliances
Appliances are indispensable in a kitchen and when space is limited, it is necessary to look for solutions. The first and almost essential option is to panel the appliances in the same tone as the furniture. That way, we will have a sense of continuity that will favor the effect of spaciousness.
Undoubtedly, the ideal is to place them in column and acquire models somewhat smaller than usual. For example, it will always be more appropriate to install a dishwasher with a width of 45 cm than the traditional 60 cm. The same applies to the refrigerator.
We also want to stop to talk about the extractor hood. Undoubtedly, in a small kitchen, the best option is to hide it in the cabinet and, if that is not possible, to acquire a very discreet model with moderate lines.
We return to recover that concept of versatility because it is vital to provide ideas for small kitchens. Installing appliances and multifunction appliances is a good solution because we save space.
8. Single sink
In a small kitchen it is not suitable to install a double sink. The reason is that we will lose precious space that can be used for storage. In the market there are very original single sink models, with depth and in different materials.
In addition, if we decide to camouflage it with a wooden board, a piece of small dimensions will always be more attractive.
9. Change the chairs for a bench
Whenever possible it is advisable to locate an office area in the kitchen. First of all because it will be a space where we can bring a certain personal touch that fits with the necessary order for the dimensions of the kitchen. However, this office area must have certain particularities. It is advisable not to place tables and chairs and change them for a bench and a folding table.
The bench can be a chest and can also be used as a storage area. The folding table offers the possibility of quickly assembling and disassembling a pleasant corner where to have breakfast or sit down to work with the laptop. In this office space we can place cushions on the bench that have a print or bright color that contrasts with the brightness of the area. You will get an original decoration in a small and beautiful kitchen.
10. Take advantage of the walls
The last tip we give you to get a small and beautiful kitchen is to take advantage of the walls. Given the shortage of space horizontally, it is interesting to occupy and take advantage of the vertical plane. It is convenient to complement the storage space offered by the cabinets with vertical structures that allow the location of pans, pots and pans or pieces of crockery.
There are metallic or wooden models that are fastened to the wall and offer hooks, shelves or diagonal supports that are very useful.
Molins Design helps you with the design of your kitchenette
From Molins Design we hope these tips will help you get the most out of a small kitchen. Kitchen designs are varied and, taking advantage of the space, can have a magical effect on small areas.
If you need the help of a professional, contact Molins Design and ask for a custom quote, we will take care of your small kitchen until you get a great result!
04 December 2023