getting it right
The best place to start is to consider how you use your kitchen, for example;
- how much worktop space do you need?
- Is it important to be able to move freely between the cooker, sink and fridge?
- What gadgets and utensils do you use often?
What is the best layout for the shape of the room?
U-shaped kitchens allow room for a lot of small units in a small space whereas galley kitchens work better in long narrow spaces.
Is there a way you can open-up the room and create open-plan space?
This could be knocking down a wall for instance.
All of this can be discussed with a kitchen designer who will be able to help plan the best layout to suit you and your kitchen lifestyle.
consider every option
Bespoke fitted cupboards and taller units can also create more room by taking them up to the ceiling offering more vertical space.
The most common wasted space area in a kitchen is corner cabinets, opting for corner cabinets with carousels are always going to make use of the space better.
Try to think out of the box, even the over looked areas can become useful like the top of the fridge or even the windowsill to house your favourite cookery books. Just ensure by doing this the light to the room doesn’t become blocked.
Built-in appliances are always going to give a much sleeker, tidier appearance than freestanding and again save you that all important space. When researching for your appliances, try looking for slim-line or compact versions of the same or similar product – they are likely to have the same functions or similar but take up a lot less space in your kitchen. Also, consider whether it is imperative to have certain appliances, for example, yes we all hate doing the washing up but removing a dishwasher from your plan will create a lot more cupboard space.
Do you really need that warming drawer or built-in coffee machine?
Being savvy with your kitchen might sometimes have to come at the cost of losing something that you don’t really need to have.
When choosing your synthetic lighting try to opt for bright lights that won’t then be obstructed from shade such as ceiling spotlights. Brighten up your worktops with under cabinet spotlighting.
Surfaces can also play a huge part in increasing the light in the room, opting for glossy, reflective or mirrored surfaces will help the light to bounce around the room. You could also consider high-gloss doors, clear glass panes in cupboard doors and reflective splashbacks which will all add light to your room.
Another option would be to make a statement whether that’s with splashes of bold colour, such as coloured splashbacks or creating a feature wall to draw people’s eyes to the design rather than the dimensions of the room.
If you’re interested in patterns, opting for horizontal stripes will make the room feel wider while vertical will give the appearance of a higher ceiling.
tter can make any space feel small and overcrowded. Try to keep the worktops as clear as possible by adding hooks to drawers, using magnetic knife racks and as previously mentioned adding shelves to the walls. A clear work top will instantly give you that feeling of space.