We all have grand designs for our kitchen. It’s the heart of the home, and the machine behind our cooking. The reality however is that often our kitchen space is at a premium. So we need to get inventive! Here are 12 design ideas to help you stop letting lack of space hinder your cooking.
Sleek and small
This luxurious-looking kitchen contains high shine accents and textures that practically scream living large despite the room’s modest size. It’s been dressed in glossy finishes and modern materials, giving the kitchen space a contemporary vibe.
The small scale island here sets the tone for this modest home, which has been designed by Lyndsay Caleo and Fitzhugh Karol. The island is made from fallen oak and a hard carved white painted log. It’s unimposing size helps bring out the rest of the kitchen’s features.
Camouflaged with folding doors from the living area. Designer Bill Brockschmidt’s kitchen is actually part of just one big room in a New York apartment. Due to just being one large space, the folding doors are integral to transforming the room as the situation requires. Really effective at taking you from an entertainment area to a cooking space with just a few pivots of the door, this is an ingenious use of rationed space.
Mirrors have long been known for creating the illusion of space, and nowhere is this more true than for small kitchen. Antique mirrored glass placed on the cabinet doors of this kitchen does just that in this kitchen designed by Jonathan Berger. The countertops in the cabinets together with imperial white backslash are from E. Stone.
Use of black can look alluring, but it’s important to contrast it with the right colors. Blending it with white countertops and walls as well as bright lighting, like this Benjamin Moore Aura kitchen, can make sure that you still have plenty of light on offer.
Charming cottage kitchen
A common problem: A space that is too small to place a dining table yet too big to have nothing. Consider fitting an Adler bar table, with beautifully crafted legs like this one pictured. These tables are ideal for serving breakfasts and buffet-style meals. In the summer they’re even great for outside dining if you have outdoor space, or even lucky enough to have a balcony!
These kitchen cabinets by the designer Miles Redd in the New York apartment are properly lacquered in bamboo leaf, as was the roller shade by Manhattan Shade. The color has been pumped to give the kitchen much needed life – even the refrigerator has been painted green! These heavy saturated color tones are definitely not for everyone, but help inject energy into dull and small spaces.
If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor space just outside your kitchen then you can pull off an amazing – yet often overlooked – trick here. Extend your kitchen’s wooden floors to the decking area outside, using large glass windows to separate the two spaces. This coordinated design will create the illusion of a much bigger space.
In contrast to our saturated color kitchen above, this more modest take on color manages to balance bright colors with wooden cabinets and clean surfaces. This helps create a much more balanced feel which most people will be more comfortable with. Despite its bright aesthetic, it has a calming effect.
Space might be limited, but the ways that you can be inventive with storage are not! You can try an étagère for height, a pull-out pantry for ease, or a crockery drawer to maximize space.
Small and elegant
Designer Sheila Bridges added an elegant blue wallpaper to add excitement to her small kitchen in her home. The right choice of wallpaper can do wonders to create the illusion of space in a small kitchen.
The open and airy kitchen
Focusing your kitchen in the corner opens up the room significantly. A spacious center can then provide an additional surface needed for food preparation and storage. The white and blue colors keep the environment light and appealing.
Benjamin Smith is a cycling enthusiast-turned-food fanatic. In between thinking about his next meals, he writes over at The Online Grill.