Despite it being one of the most frequented rooms in the house, the majority of us are not overly blessed in the kitchen space department. Luckily, there are several things we can do in order to make the most of a small kitchen. I spoke with Elan Kitchens, experts in modern kitchen design, to discover their top tips on how to maximise the space we do have.
Lighter tones make the kitchen feel more airy and spacious because they reflect the light which enters, making the room appear somewhat larger than it is. As such, adopting a minimalist colour scheme within the kitchen will certainly help your space problem, even if it just means replacing your dark curtains with some white or cream coloured blinds. Also, try not to block windows with clutter, plants or appliances, in order to let in as much natural light as possible.
You’ll be surprised by how much potential storage options your kitchen holds if you really go looking for them, and this is possibly the easiest way to maximise space within. If your kitchen cabinets do not reach the ceiling, the open space above is a great place to keep lesser-used items. Other space-saving storage methods include magnetic wall strips for metal kitchen utensils, the inside of cabinet doors and hanging pots and pans from low ceilings. Get creative!
One easy way to free up some kitchen space is to choose multi-functional appliances, for example washer-dryers and combined microwaves and ovens. Likewise, once the time comes to replace appliances, it’s worth thinking about getting smaller, more compact ones, leaving greater counter-top space available for cooking. I also recommend hiding the appliances you don’t use every day, such as blenders or toastie-makers, in the cupboard, away from plain view.
I can’t stress enough the importance of keeping your house as mess-free as possible, because nothing has the ability to make a room feel smaller than lots of junk! That being said, carrying out regular de-cluttering days is beneficial and helps you determine the things you actually need.
My advice is; if you haven’t used it in the last six months, get rid of it! There is probably someone out there who will make much better use of it.
Do you have any great space-saving tips?