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Having a small kitchen is not always ideal, but in some cases, you just have to deal with it and hope for the best. In order to make a small kitchen look the way you want it to look, you might need to use a few creative, bold, and inventive ideas to really make a mark. If you are lucky enough to renovate with victoria plumbing – awesome, make a bigger kitchen. But if you are just trying to deal with what you have now and want to make it beautiful, comfortable, and efficient, here are a few big design ideas to check out for a small kitchen.
Focus On Function And Space
In a small kitchen, you aren’t going to be able to do all of the same things you would be able to do in a big kitchen i.e. having a kitchen island with exotic granite or marble countertop like in most of the modern kitchens. This means that you are going to need to sit down and figure out exactly what function you want your new kitchen design to have. Most people are going to want to add cooking mainly or maybe cooking and eating in their kitchen remodeling idea. Because of this, you want to make sure that you use the space smartly when you start your renovation project so that that you get everything in the kitchen you need to cook.
One idea is to start looking for smaller versions of appliances like a scaled down fridge or a scaled down smaller version of an oven. This will allow you to fit everything in the kitchen you need to fit to cook, but you won’t be doing without the main ingredient (no pun intended!). If you’re interested in buying a small oven, check out velovision.co.uk’s guide on mini ovens.
Open Your Cupboards and Cabinets Up
When you have a smaller kitchen, having closed up cabinets is going to accomplish one thing and one thing only; it’s going to make it look and feel more closed up and more claustrophobic.
Remember, you are trying to work with the space not against it. When it comes to those cabinets, take the doors off. If you want to keep the doors on for aesthetic appeal, consider at least taking them to a wood professional, and cutting out the front wood from the doors and replacing them with see through the glass. This will create a more open, clean, and organized feel.
Use Glass as a Way to Fool the Eyes
The eyes are sort of a funny part of the body. They can see everything when they are healthy, and they can spot certain things in a space. But, they are also very easy to fool too. Glass creates a reflection and reflections can trick the eyes into thinking that the space is larger than it actually is. Because of this, try adding glass materials such as glass panes to your kitchen cabinets (instead of the clear glass), glass backsplashes to your small kitchen walls as these will add reflections which will make the space seem much larger. I have seen tiles backsplash which is made with glass to make the small kitchen space look much larger, therefore, the glass or mirrored idea is also really beneficial for kitchens which are small and don’t have a lot of windows or a lot of natural light coming in and best of all these are really the cheap glass ideas. The little light that will come into the room will, again, create a reflection and each mirrored or glass materials will use that light to bounce off of the other mirrored or glass materials and create more light.
Fool The Eyes With Flooring As Well
Another cool way to fool your eyes into making a space look much larger than it actually is, is to use flooring smartly. Flooring in a small kitchen is important for two reasons. First, it tricks your eyes into thinking the room is larger. Second, one of the first things people will notice when they walk into a small kitchen is the floor – if it’s scuffed, stained or beat up, it’s going to reflect your kitchen.
One material that works really well in the kitchen is linoleum. Another great material is porcelain tiles. Both can be used to create a pattern such as a checkerboard or other design that will actually make the floor have “depth” and make the space look larger than it really is. Both linoleum and porcelain tiles are pretty darn inexpensive and they come in all sorts of colors, styles, even faux materials like wood and marble. Definitely, something to look into for your small, but cute kitchen.
Let There Be Light
This is a different type of light. This is done using recessed lighting in the ceiling, hanging pendants or floor lamps. The purpose here is to make the kitchen space light and airy. Most people know that when a space is dark and gloomy it visually appears smaller. If you lighten up the room, though, add some natural light as well as artificial light, you will make the space seem more open. Plus, lights in a kitchen are a great way to add ambiance and set the mood. Make sure that you have accent lighting, task lighting, and ambient lighting.