From genius storage solutions to nifty lighting ideas, giving your kitchen a larger than life look, whatever it’s size, and making the use of every inch of space has never been easier, or more fun.
A pared back palette of white gloss units will reflect light, especially when teamed with pale worktops. For example, a washed beech worktop will give you a bright yet mellow laid back look.
Whilst for those prepared to go all white, a composite worktop will enable you to create an uber chic, light and spacious feel to your kitchen.
A fussy look is the enemy of a serene, pared back kitchen, so choose handle free units or one’s with a simple brushed stainless steel handle, together with built in appliances for a streamlined finish. Where appliances are on show; your oven and hob, for example, choose a glossy stainless steel finish to really get maximum light reflecting and bouncing around your kitchen.
Get the Light Right
Lighting really does matter. Get it right and your kitchen will feel bright and vibrant. Get it wrong and you’re in danger of creating shadows in unlit spaces which will give a disjointed, patchy look to the room.
Under Cabinet Lighting
Under cabinet lighting is a must for illuminating food preparation and cooking areas. Dimmable options will add atmosphere and double up as night lights. There are many different options for under cabinet lighting ranging from triangular glass cabinet lights like these:
To LED linkable strip lights like these which give you a streamlined uncluttered look as they are ’hidden’ behind the pelmet under your units, they are also super efficient to run.
Clever use of ceiling downlighters is yet another sleek lighting option that’s in keeping with your fuss free look whist being practical and stylish into the bargain. Ceiling lights will also draw the eye upwards and increase the feeling of light and space in your kitchen.
Clever Use of Different Sized Kitchen Units
One trick I’ve found invaluable over the years is to use wall units as floor units, particularly where you have an odd shaped kitchen that narrows in parts. Most manufacturers offer wall units that are the same height as standard base units. The massive advantage is that they are much slimmer than standard base units. You can just see how we’ve used wall units as base units in the photo below where space was tight near the door.
Clever use of wood or laminate flooring in a small kitchen can be really effective. By laying the strips of wood or laminate in lengths down the longest section of your kitchen, you’re taking the eye on a journey and making the room appear longer. It’s a simple tip, but it really works.
Clever Storage Cabinets
The use of space saving cabinets really does enable you to make use of every inch of your cupboard space.
These range from a standard corner carousel, where with a quick twirl, everything is accessible.
To tall larder units with pull out baskets also offer instant access to all your store cupboard essentials.
Whilst aptly named ‘magic’ cupboards consist of baskets which slot in between each other when closed, but open out fully when the cupboard door is extended.
All of these ingenious cupboard formats do come at a price though, but when your short on space, they offer a fantastic storage solution, allowing you to really squeeze so much more into a relatively small space and it’s accessible too.
Feature Image Source: Howdens