Have you been searching the internet for design ideas for a small kitchen?
Well, you are in luck because you have come to the right place!
We come across customers a lot who have very limited space in their home. They think that because their kitchen is so small not a lot can be done to improve how it looks and feels. Yes, you can try and extend the overall space of your kitchen however this can be costly and it is not an option for many households due to their budget.
This is why we want to show you some design ideas that will help you to make the most of the space you have available in your kitchen. Just because your kitchen is a bit cramped doesn’t mean you can’t do some things that will improve how it looks. There are practical steps you can take to physically give you more room and you can also add cosmetic features which gives the illusion of more space as well.
Design ideas for a small kitchen
This isn’t the first time that we have explored small kitchen organisation hacks and these 6 tips will go a long way to ensuring that you have the space you need to create a functional kitchen regardless of its size.
#1 Create a minimalist design
A de-cluttered and ‘clean’ style can go a long way to ensuring that you make the most of the space available to you. It can also give the impression that the room is actually bigger than it is. We’ll have a look at the colour scheme for your small kitchen design a bit later on but bright colours help massively to make a room feel larger. You can also use our popular handleless high gloss range of kitchen cabinets and doors to add to this minimalist style. These come in an array of light colours and provide a sleek feel to the room. With the absence of handles they further add to scaling back the cluttered effect that many kitchens suffer from.
In fact, if you store away the appliances that would normally be sitting out on the kitchen worktops – kettles, toasters and that George Foreman grill you hardly ever use – then you will further fuel the illusion that the room is bigger than it really is.
#2 Find new places for your white goods
Do you feel as though your white goods are taking up much needed space? Then move them out of the kitchen!
It is commonplace to find washing machines and tumble dryers clogging up much needed storage space. If you have a utility room or even a small storage space under the stairs then this can provide a great way to get rid of these items from your kitchen. Many people have been able to add space to their kitchen by removing these white goods and finding a new place for them in the house. You will need to think about things such as plumbing if you are moving your washing machine for example as well as ventilation for a tumble dryer but it can make all the difference.
If you have a separate freezer in your kitchen then perhaps that can be stored somewhere else too? The idea is to declutter your space as much as possible and moving these white goods out is one of the most effective design ideas for a small kitchen.
#3 Storage space is everywhere
There are a lot of tricks you can you use which will increase the storage space in your kitchen. This means that you will have more room on your work surfaces, appliances and other items can be kept out of sight and it will result in your room feeling larger.
Have a look into vertical storage options. Vertical drawers can give you much needed storage in gaps between your cupboards or you can even insert new drawers into your existing cabinets to offer more room as well. Movable storage such as kitchen trolleys also offer a great way to hide things away and you can even put this in the utility room when not in use.
If you feel like your kitchen is closing in on you then your storage space is probably inadequate however there are some very simple things you can do to improve this.
#4 Think carefully about your colour scheme
This is one of the biggest areas where people get it wrong when it comes to making their small kitchen appear bigger than it actually is.
There are various ways in which you can use paint to create the impression of more space. White is an obvious choice because not only does it look clean and adds to the minimal feel that we mentioned above but it also adds to the brightness of the room. This is vital if you don’t have a whole lot of natural light coming in. You should avoid using darker colours as much as possible however creating an accent wall can also help. It doesn’t even need to be a full wall as you can add accent colours almost anywhere in the kitchen.
The predominately light nature of your room coupled with some dashes of darker or duller shades here and there can create a great effect which will make it appear more spacious.
#5 Install a bigger sink
No-one truly enjoys washing up but a double sink with one side for dirty dishes and one for washing up means you can ditch the dishwasher and give yourself more storage. You won’t have dirty dishes clogging up your workspace either. Bigger sinks also have a effective design impact on your room as well as they help to create a modern and contemporary feel.
We have some fantastic options for bigger sinks that you can use to offer more practical room in your kitchen.
#6 A kitchen island can add workspace
Finally, we have kitchen islands.
Not only do we really enjoy and islands here at the Kitchen Warehouse but we also recognise that they can add much needed space to a small kitchen as well as being an attractive feature too. Giving up some of your floor space might seem like the wrong approach to take however it can provide a vital option to store chopping boards, knives, kitchen utensils or anything you want really.
If you find that you have very limited workspace and you have spare a few feet on your kitchen floor then consider an island as it can make all the difference both practically and aesthetically.
What does a small kitchen remodel cost?
Even with these effective design ideas for a small kitchen, some people prefer to just have a complete remodel.
This might not be as expensive as you think. A lot of it depends on what you actually want to replace, the cupboards, flooring and appliances that you choose as well as wether or not you need someone to fit it all for you. It is possible to have a small kitchen remodel with fitting for around £5000 and while this may be out of your price range, finance options can make it an affordable way to turn a outdated and small kitchen into a modern and spacious one.
Making the most of your limited space
These are just some design ideas for a small kitchen that you can use to increase the space that you have available.
Some offer a practical way to improve storage while others are purely cosmetic but give the impression that the room is actually larger than it is in reality.
Regardless of the size of your kitchen you can do some things to enhance how it looks, feels and how much workspace you have. Just a few additions and changes here and there can really make the difference and transform your compact kitchen into a more spacious room.