Small kitchen ideas
While many of us fantasize about living in a house with a large kitchen, we wake up every day to the reality that our kitchen is small and we have to make the best of it. The good news is that interior designers have spent a lot of time formulating tricks that make the kitchen’s space appear larger than it is. Here are a few tips that you should consider applying to your small kitchen:
- Replace solid cabinet doors with glass ones. Entirely solid cabinets in a small kitchen can make it feel claustrophobic. To air out the space, replace the upper cabinets with glass fronts. This will lighten the look of the cabinetry and allow the eye to travel through to the back of the cabinets.
- Replace solid cabinet doors with open shelves. Another way to provide your kitchen with a spacious and airy feeling is to replace some of the upper cabinets with open shelves. Be careful not to clutter the shelves, since this will defeat the purpose. You can place a few ornaments or books on them, so that they look homely and inviting but not stuffed.
- Paint the walls the same colour as the cabinets/countertops. A single toned kitchen provides the illusion that it is more expansive, since there are no visual boundaries that might stop the eye. A safe choice is to opt for pale colors (white, off-white, or beige) that reflect light and make the space feel larger. Notwithstanding, there is good news for those with a dark toned kitchen- colours such as black, navy, charcoal and chocolate recede visually and create the impression that the walls are farther back than they really are.
Renovating your kitchen to have cabinets and countertops in the same tone is a long-term investment that you are bound to enjoy for years to come. Caesarstone has a wide selection of kitchen surfaces that are used for countertops, islands, backsplash and floors. Caesarstone has created a special program called the Visualiser that enables you to play around with the different surface options and provides you with a real sense of what the final result will look like.
- Choose appliances and furniture with a small footprint. Today’s manufacturers are creating appliances for the smaller kitchen. There is a huge choice of mini-microwaves, stoves, and dishwashers as well as drawer fridges and freezers. As far as your selection of furniture is concerned, go with the motto “less is more”. If you like minimalistic furniture, there are outstanding kitchen options available. Furthermore, there is furniture that folds and expands, for example, a kitchen table that folds down with matching foldable chairs.
- Add light. Lighting is an incredibly effective method for making space appear larger than it is. Consider placing one large lamp or a series of smaller lamps on the wall that will flood the kitchen with light. Additionally, under-cabinet lights do a great job of lighting up niches. If you have a window in your kitchen, make sure you are not blocking light from coming in (perhaps you have the wrong curtain hanging). Finally, if you can expand your window to let more light in, you should definitely explore this option.
- Design with clean lines. Try to keep accessories to a minimum. Ornate cabinets, large corbels, and tones of knick-knacks can make a kitchen look significantly more crowded than it is. If possible, tuck a pantry or cabinets flush with the wall to keep from obstructing the kitchen’s flow. A kitchen with clean lines is soothing to the eye and has a sophisticated and chic modern appeal.
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