Designing a small kitchen presents a unique set of creative challenges. This is why we asked TKS Design Group professionals to share some of the clever solutions that address storage and preparation requirements and meet the necessities of modern life.
With careful use of your available space and a few nifty design tricks, you can transform even the tiniest kitchen into a space ideal for cooking, socializing, and everything in between. So, read on and learn what you can do to make the best use of the space you have.
1. Use of storage pullouts
Narrow storage pullouts offer great organizational possibilities for any space, including tiny kitchen spaces. Their compact nature not only increases your storage capacity but also makes your cooking area more appealing with their sleek yet functional design.
If you have vertical space available, you can organize everything from cooking utensils to your favorite spices neatly without taking up too much space. Alternatively, you can find other practical solutions for the area around the sink, such as narrow under-sink organizers, ideal for kitchens short on space.
2. Add style & function with a work island
Organizing your kitchen for maximum efficiency is of vital importance since it’s one of the busiest rooms in the house. Yet, depending on the layout, your cabinets, appliances, and drawers may be too close to an island. As a result, you’re left with limited space for cooking and entertaining, making the island ineffective.
However, a kitchen island can be extremely useful, providing both dining and prep areas, on a very small scale. What’s best, it will open up the room for you to move around freely.
3. Install suspended shelves
If you’re looking to add some modern flair to your kitchen, flyover shelves can be a great option. While typical kitchen islands provide storage options such as cabinets, drawers, and shelves beneath the counter, opting for a suspended shelf or unit above them can offer enhanced functionality and an opportunity to display items you love.
To make your shelves really stand out, consider contrasting the colors or materials with those of your cabinets or walls. This can create a unique and striking look that sets your kitchen apart. Another way to get more out of your shelves is by displaying items you use frequently or want easy access to, such as coffee mugs and glasses. This can help streamline your kitchen and make it easier to move around, and still, add a touch of visual interest and personality to the space.
4. Choose colors & finishes strategically
While having a lot of storage will make your kitchen easier to navigate, choosing the right colors and finishes can greatly affect how your home looks and feels. For instance, if you’re looking to create a sleek and streamlined look, hidden hardware such as “push to open” can be a great option. They give your kitchen a modern and uncluttered feel, while still providing plenty of storage space.
Likewise, creamy pastels or pale neutrals can help create a calming and welcoming atmosphere that feels light and airy. But if you prefer darker features, there are ways to balance them out without overwhelming the space. For example, light-colored flooring or backsplash can help offset darker cabinets or countertops.
5. Prioritize space-saving appliances
Among the most important things to look for when you’re setting up your cooking space are appliances that perform well and are sized appropriately so as not to overwhelm the room. With various styles, colors, and sizes available on the market, it’s easy to find something that fits your taste perfectly.
Keep in mind to arrange your most essential appliances, such as the refrigerator, range, and dishwasher, in a triangular work area for efficient movement while cooking. Ensure that the floor plan allows for easy access and easy opening of all appliances.