Your kitchen is a lot more spacious than you think! Whether it’s a small square, built lengthwise, or is an open concept, here are 10 simple tips our kitchen designers put together to help you make the most of your space. You’ll see; it’s possible to great things with limited space!
1- A single sink
Do you really need a double sink? If your kitchen space is rather small, a single sink will save you several inches of counter space. Opt for one that is resistant and easy to maintain, since you’re likely to use it on a daily basis. Stainless steel sinks are the most popular. They’re also highly durable compared to others on the market.
2- Corner cabinets and drawers
Make the most of every nook and cranny! Ask your kitchen designer to get drawers and cupboards made for the corner areas. It’ll maximize the space in your kitchen and make your life much easier in the long run. There are many storage solutions out there! Why not enjoy a kitchen that’s been optimized for space!?
3- Cabinets up to the ceiling
Whether your kitchen is an open concept, small or built lengthwise, with cabinets that go up to the ceiling, you’re sure to gain storage space. The best part? You won’t have to worry about dust accumulating above the cabinets anymore! To make the space seem lighter, add glass doors and shelving in strategic locations. Get inspired by real kitchen renovations by taking a look at our completed kitchen renovations on Reno-Inspiration.
4- A kitchen island on wheels
Whether it’s used as a dinette or workstation, you can move your kitchen island according to your needs. Note: it can become an extra storage space for your kitchen!
5- A retractable lunch table
If your kitchen is built lengthwise and quite narrow, opt for a retractable dining table. Whether it be to eat or to use as a workstation, you can just take it out when needed! It’ll allow you to save space and easily walk around the kitchen.
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6- A pull-out pantry
There’s no doubt that you’d find pull-out drawers in your pantry incredible useful. Adding drawers to your cupboard not only saves space, but also makes life easier when you’re looking for something. No need to move everything out of the way to find the right bottle or can anymore.
7- Built-in appliances
Your stove, refrigerator, microwave, coffee machine, you name it… they can all be built-into your kitchen! You can have them blend in beautifully with the decor, which will also increase available kitchen space. Go for a simple straight-lined look for best results. Getting compact or modular appliances would be easier to conceal and just as useful as regular sized ones.
8- A glass or mirror backsplash
A mirror backsplash? That’s right! It’s trendy, but also brings light into the room. The light will bounce off the mirrors, and they’ll give the illusion of depth in the kitchen. You might not have more space, but you won’t feel as cramped as you did before!
9- Abundant lighting
Small kitchens are not always lucky enough to have a window. Natural light can’t come in, and the room feels cramped and pretty dark. Good lighting is essential to rid your kitchen of that closed in feeling.
Opt for different lighting for different functionalities. For instance, the light above the stove and kitchen island might be brighter than the one above the kitchen table. Your chosen light fixtures will also help in properly lighting up your space. An expert in architectural lighting can help you better illuminate your kitchen, and maybe even help give the rest of your house a special cachet.
10- Light tones
Going for a lighter colour palette for your kitchen is sure to make it look bigger than it truly is. Opt for shades of cream, gray, oat or a slightly tinted white (e.g. soft pastel green or blue). It is a beautiful way to colour the space in an elegant and discreet manner without weighing down the room. Painting the walls, ceiling, and door frames the same colour create continuity and make the room appear bigger.
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