If you’re the owner of a small kitchen, it’s important to understand that just because there’s limited space, it doesn’t mean you also have to be limited in your design. With a few adjustments and careful planning, you can incorporate almost any style you like. Using resources to maximise kitchen space is essential, and there are many ways in which you can design a small kitchen to make it look larger.

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Incorporating a stylish yet minimalistic design is one of the best ways you can maximise the appearance of a small kitchen. Using too many different colours, materials and having too much on display can make a kitchen appear cluttered – and therefore smaller. During the planning process, it’s a good idea to identify the spaces in your kitchen that you’re perhaps not using to its full potential; i.e. the spaces between cupboards and underneath sinks. You can then ensure that you’re using this space more wisely for the new design, allowing extra space for other furniture/appliances.

Maximising space goes further than identifying unused areas. You can also save space with appliances; for example, incorporating magnetic knife boards means that you don’t have to worry about acquiring a bulky knife holder; and hanging rails for pans and utensils allow for additional storage space – meaning you can use drawers and cupboards for crockery and larger appliances. It’s also a good idea to add shelves wherever possible, such as in unused corners or across alcoves. Hanging pendant lighting is also great for small kitchens, as they act as a great design statement when featured above islands, whilst helping to save countertop space.

Many modern kitchens feature an island, since these act as both a collaborative cooking space and dining space. They are often the centrepiece of the kitchen and so, benefit from a pop of colour that compliments the  overall scheme. In a small kitchen, islands are not always an ideal option since they leave little room for manoeuvring around. However, vertical or moveable islands on wheels can be great alternatives for small kitchens. Peninsulas may even offer a better option, since these are simply extensions of an installed work surface that can act as a mini-island. Whether you opt for an island or not, choosing light colour schemes with reflective materials go a long way in small kitchens as they maximise light, making the kitchen appear larger.

Galley kitchen styles are also popular amongst small kitchens. These appear as a hallway-like layout, with two parallel sets of kitchen units. This allows the user to move around the kitchen more, whilst making food preparation easier. This design style benefits from removing upper cabinetry and replacing it with open shelving, creating a more open space and, if stacked mindfully, can act as a design staple.

Horseshoe shaped kitchens are another popular design. Within this design, kitchen counters are arranged in a U-shape – allowing for a larger, more versatile working space. This works best for kitchens that have a wider space to work with, and also offers more counter space and under-counter storage. Similarly to Galley kitchen styles, it may be best to remove upper cabinetry and create your own – either with shelving, or perhaps a single bar running around the wall, from which utensils can be hung.

Having a smaller kitchen size certainly does not mean that you’re restricted in design choices – it just means that you’ll need to explore different ideas and design inspiration whilst making necessary adaptations. Here at Contour, our design team can help you to really make the most out of your kitchen – no matter the size or shape that you’re working with. Come and visit us in store to view our showroom, or speak to one of our consultants.