Do you wish you had a bigger kitchen? If moving house or extending your kitchen aren’t options, then there’s still plenty you can do to make the most of the space you have. Read on for some tips on how to make your small kitchen more efficient on space while also helping it to look and feel more spacious.
Be efficient with storage
Small kitchens might not have much storage space, so you need to be really efficient with the space that you do have. Take some time to think and plan out what goes where to streamline the way you use your cabinets, shelves, and drawers. Purchasing storage organizers can also help you fit more into these spaces.
Avoid dark colors
A predominantly black kitchen can look really sleek and modern, but it’s not the best option for small kitchens. Too many dark surfaces can make a small room feel even more claustrophobic. Opt for lighter colors to create the impression of a lighter, more spacious room.
Mirrors can create the impression of more space by reflecting light and can create a greater sense of depth. While mirrors don’t usually belong in the kitchen, a mirrored backsplash can help you achieve this space-enhancing illusion.
In a small kitchen, handles sticking out of cabinets and drawers can infringe on the space, both visually and physically as you may be more likely to bump into the hardware. Cabinets and drawers with integrated hardware create a more streamlined appearance and won’t get in the way.
Upper cabinets can also infringe a great deal on the appearance of space, looming over the room and making it feel more claustrophobic. Installing open shelving instead of cabinets in the upper portion of your kitchen gives a more open and spacious feeling while still providing valuable storage space.
If you want to add a surface for preparing food or eating, such as a kitchen island or breakfast bar, then opt for one with space underneath it rather than a unit that goes all the way to the floor. As well as appearing more open, this also gives you a place to tuck chairs into if it’s a seating area, so that they don’t stick out and take up space.
One upside of small kitchens is that you won’t have to spend as much if you decide to remodel. This could free up more budget to spend on the materials and features that you want, such as granite countertops, rather than having to compromise on a lower-cost option, such as laminate.
If you want to add natural stone countertops, such as granite or marble, to your kitchen, then contact Amanzi Granite to find out more about our countertops and installation services.