Small Kitchens are an urban reality. It is always thought that small kitchens mean ‘less space’. On the contrary, they can be just as spacious as large ones. Below are 10 things that can surprisingly fit into your small kitchen.
Most apartments and homes have small cooking spaces and they often end up crammed with cabinets and appliances. A slight change in perception can give you the kitchen of your dreams, even within minimal means. The eat-in space or island table you always envisioned may just become a reality, with a little thought and clever planning.
When we think of islands, we think of spaciousness. Islands actually are pretty versatile, and provide invaluable space for serving, working and storing. Furthermore, they can be designed as large or as small as you want them to be, to fit into your kitchen.
Crockery, silverware and china do not need elaborate showcases for display. If you are able to create open shelves, glass cabinets or simple racks in your small kitchen, they can double up as display as well as storage.
3. EAT-IN AREA
An eat-in kitchen does not necessarily have to be a large table fitted into an open cooking space. Eat-in’s can also be a small cafe table, a counter or flip down bar top placed discreetly and unobtrusively at one end of a small cooking space.
4. WINDOW CORNERS
Placing windows in small kitchens may feel weird, espcially when you are struggling with the paucity of cooking space. Even if you have to put heavy utensils in storage and keep minimal appliances in the kitchen, what you get in return is an openness and expansiveness with plenty of natural light.
5. COLOR PROFUSION
It is always advised to use white in kitchens, since natural light brightens up a small space, making it appear less cramped. White can however get boring after a point. Adding a bit of color with appliances or few cabinets can actually add an interesting element to it. The color can be eye-catching and a focal point.
6. ART WORK
There is no space too small for art, and a kitchen is no different. In galley kitchens or straight kitchens, artworks draw attention away from the narrowness and provide a focal point where the gaze can rest.
7. BUTCHER/CHOPPING BLOCK
Small kitchens with minimal countertop space cannot be made into separate work stations for different tasks. Adding a flexible butcher block to one end of the counter, can creating a makeshift work station can make it more versatile and useful.
8. QUIRKY CHIMNEY
Small kitchens can be limiting when it comes to appliances. Therefore, rather than horizontal space, vertical space must be optimized to the maximum. Unusual and quirky chimneys perform the task expected from them, as well as add a design element to the small space.
9. KITCHEN OFFICE
Creating space for a dining area in your small kitchen is helpful, since it can also double up as an office space or workstation especially in small apartments.
10. EXTENDED COUNTERTOP
Large kitchen islands usually have a countertop material that extends to cover the cabinets too. This design is sometimes heavy and overpowering. Small kitchens can however accommodate this design element, where extending counter material to the floor actually serves to connect small kitchens to the rest of the home space.