The kitchen is one of the most fun places to decorate in the house, and it is a project which many of us look forward to when we first move into our home. If you have a pretty small space to work with it can seem impossible to get everything you want out of the room, but there are plenty of ways to make the most of a smaller space.
When we think of a kitchen island, we picture a large space in the middle of your kitchen where we can cook and prepare meals, as well as sit and eat our breakfast in the morning. However, when you have a small space to work with, you can cheat the idea of an island by creating an island that fits against the wall. It means that you can shop at Tap Warehouse for your taps and sink to go in the space, place an induction hob and store your cutlery without taking up too much space. Sure, it won’t be as fancy as in a huge space but you can still make it look amazing.
Make your ceiling higher
If you have a false ceiling up above which is taking some of the space for your room, the best thing you can possibly do is get rid of it, opening up your ceiling space can actually make a big difference to it and will allow you to feel as if you are in a bigger room. If your kitchen doesn’t have a room above it, you can even add a couple of skylights into the space to flood it with light.
Although you might think that open shelving looks more scruffy than closed shelving, it can make a big difference to the space in your room. When you take off the doors and allow just the frames to remain you have brought space back into your kitchen and it will feel much bigger. Of course, it probably means you will want to arrange your food items more aesthetically, but that’s a fun weekend project!
Go for glass doors
If the idea of open shelving really isn’t right for you, the alternative is to install some glass doors on your cupboards instead. This will create more light in the area and give that extra feeling of space without you having to worry about items falling off the shelves during the day.
One of the techniques you can use to make space in your kitchen and make it feel bigger is to use the vertical as your inspiration. For example, if you have a lot of utensils which are usually hung on the wall, you can change this so that they run in a vertical line. It makes you drift your eye upwards and therefore gives the illusion of a bigger room. This works really well with items such as copper pans and even herb plants. If you want to change your storage this year, always go up instead of across.
If you don’t know what a lazy Susan is, it is essentially a plate which spins. You will usually use it on a dinner table to make sure that everyone can access food easily by spinning it. However, it can also be a great help to you in the kitchen if you are short on space. If you have a few corner units in your kitchen, you will know how much space can go to waste, and how hard it is to reach your items. By placing a lazy Susan in the cupboard you have an easier way to access your things, and you can make the most of every bit of space!
Fill dead space
No matter how savvy you are with your storage space and layout, there will always be some dead space on the wall for you to fill. For example, the area above the fridge is rarely used by anyone, so you can add a shelf or two in there to store food or your spices. You’ll always be able to find small areas in the kitchen which can be filled.
Play with colour
Colour is a large part of your space and it will make an impact on how large your room seems. If you have a small space to work with it is always better to go for light colours and pastel shades. You can add a splash of bold colour in the room as long as it is in a place which faces your window. The balance between light and dark will be essential for your kitchen and the space you get out of it.