Five Great Design Ideas for Small Kitchens

Melbourne Kitchen Designs

With the recent meteoric rise in high-density living, small kitchen design has become the domain of many a home chef. At the same time, however, cooking shows have taken over our televisions, with enviable kitchens boasting banks of gleaming stainless steel.

So, we ask ourselves, how do we still enjoy the full, modern home cooking experience within a limited space?

The answer lies in clever small kitchen design. Here are five ingenious tips to maximize your spatially-challenged kitchen’s functionality and appeal.

Storage, glorious storage

The forms that designers produce are flexible, so long as the results serve the need.FRANK CHIMERO

The key to great small kitchen design is creative use of space, getting the most out of the space you didn’t know you had. Swapping out regular kickboards for under-cupboard sliding drawers provides the perfect spot to stash those lesser-used pans and kitchen gadgets.

Utilise the empty area on the backs on cupboard doors. They’re a blank canvas, crying out for hooks and handy shelves that will almost double your storage capacity. Similarly, consider fixing hanging racks to the ceiling or backsplash for pots and pans.

Let the light shine down small kitchen design

To avoid your small kitchen feeling cramped, light it up. As well as a ceiling fixture, consider adding a spot or task lighting over the sink and preparation area (under-cabinet lighting is a great idea). This will maximize the sense of space while adding a gorgeous ambience.

Alternatively, you do away with convention and place lighting around the room, under units and recessed into the ceiling so you have space for a hanging pot rack.

Plan the flow

Layouts such as galley style, L or U-shape, single wall or island are ideal and are key to enjoying maximum return out of minimal space. However, you know your space better than anyone and what sort of flow will work in your new kitchen. For this reason, it is vital that you are involved in the design phase. With KDV you’ll be involved in every aspect of the design of your small kitchen but this isn’t the case with every company or out of the box kitchens so understand your ergonomic needs before you commit.

The importance of a kitchen triangle

You’ve really impressed me, tiny dishwasher

A dishwasher is a must-have for many people, but the full-size version takes up a lot of space. A half-size can still clean up after dinner and is a great option for those with small kitchens to design. Likewise, consider a well-designed toaster oven (they’ve come a long way) instead of the space-hogging wall variety.

(Don’t) paint it black

A lighter colour palette can do wonders for making a small space appear larger as it reflects more light and doesn’t draw the walls in.  A good visual trick is to combine light walls with dark benchtops to break the room up and lengthen the walls. Moreover, To enhance the effect even further, consider going tone-on-tone to add stylish oomph to your small kitchen design.

KDV doesn’t believe you have to choose between style and function and specialize in delivering luxury kitchens with innovative solutions for any space. If you’re looking to get the most out of your space call us for free on 1800 00 98 98 to arrange your no obligation consultation.


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