We all have grand designs for our kitchen. It is the heart of the home, and the engine behind our cooking. The reality however is that often our kitchen space is at a premium. So we have to be inventive! Here are 12 design ideas to help you stop letting lack of space get in the way of your cooking.
Sleek and small
This luxurious-looking kitchen features high-gloss accents and textures that practically scream living large despite the room’s modest size. It has been dressed in glossy finishes and modern materials, giving the kitchen space a contemporary vibe.
A sculpted island
The small-scale island here sets the tone for this modest home, which was designed by Lyndsay Caleo and Fitzhugh Karol. The island is made of fallen oak and hard carved white painted logs. Its 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 large room in a New York apartment. Because they are one big space, folding doors are integral to transforming the room as the situation requires. Really effective in taking you from an entertainment area to a cooking space with just a few door hinges, 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 the small kitchen. Antique mirrored glass placed on the cabinet doors of this kitchen does it in this kitchen designed by Jonathan Berger. The countertops in the cabinets along with an imperial white backslash are from E. Stone.
The use of black may seem attractive, but it is important to contrast it with the right colors. Mixing it with white countertops and walls as well as bright lighting, like this Benjamin Moore Aura kitchen, can ensure that you still have plenty of light on offer.
Charming cottage kitchen
Common problem: A space too small to put a dining table but too big to have nothing. Consider fitting an Adler bar table, with beautifully crafted legs like the one pictured. These tables are ideal for serving breakfast and buffet-style meals. In the summer they are even great for eating outside if you have an outdoor space, or even lucky enough to have a balcony!
These kitchen cabinets from the designer Miles Redd in the New York apartment are well lacquered with bamboo leaves, as was the roller shade from Manhattan Shade. Color has been pumped up to give the kitchen much needed life – even the fridge has been painted green! These heavy saturated color tones are definitely not for everyone, but they help to inject energy into dull and small spaces.
If you are lucky enough to have an outdoor space just outside your kitchen then you can pull off an amazing – but often overlooked – trick here. Extend your kitchen’s wood floors to the outdoor deck area, using large glass windows to separate the two spaces. This coordinated design will create the illusion of a much larger 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 that most people are more comfortable with. Despite its strong aesthetic, it has a calming effect.
Space may be limited, but the ways you can be inventive with storage are not! You can try an étagère for height, a pull-out pantry for ease, or a pottery drawer to maximize space.
Small and elegant
Designer Sheila Bridges added 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 kitchen is open and airy
Focusing your kitchen in the corner opens up the room significantly. A spacious center can then provide the additional surface needed for food preparation and storage. The white and blue colors keep the environment light and attractive.
Benjamin Smith is a cycling enthusiast turned food fanatic. In between thinking about his next meals, he writes on fi The Grill Online.