They say that love in a home begins in the kitchen, and that’s why it’s the most loved and appreciated room in the house.
Everyone dreams of having a large, spacious kitchen, with everything organized and easy to reach, exactly where we want it.
The problem is that, sometimes, because of logistics, we have to make due with a small, not-so-spacious kitchen.
Small doesn’t have to be a synonym of messy. On the contrary, a small space should represent a more exact organization scheme.
If your kitchen is small and you don’t have the least idea as to go about decorating it, here’s a few of the best ideas that you can put into practice.
1. Layout is key in small kitchens
Good layout is the key to having a small but spacious and well-organized kitchen.
It is important to know how to organize shelves and furniture in order to avoid reducing the space you have and creating a feeling of claustrophobia.
The first thing you must do is organize it according to the space that you have. There are three ways to do this:
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Many people think that using both sides of their kitchen will save space, but that is usually untrue.
- If your kitchen is very narrow, organizing it in the shape of an “L” is the best option, since you will have an empty side in which to move around in easily.
- If you absolutely must use the empty side, it’s best to put shelves there instead of furniture. This way, you can avoid visual overload.
- Remember, open spaces create light and a sense of spaciousness.
This idea is perfect if you have a single room for two purposes (living room-kitchen or kitchen-dining room). In some places, this is known as an “American Kitchen”.
When one room is shared, the best thing to do is to take advantage of the entire length of the wall, and to attempt to place all shelving on that side.
A great trick for this is to use vertical shelves that allow you to organize everything in one, from the cups to the cutlery.
This is one of the most common layouts for a kitchen. It is ideal for small kitchens that are square-shaped, where everything must be organized geometrically.
The great thing about U-shaped kitchens is that they allow you to have a comfortable space to work and another space to cook.
2. Using lighting to amplify a small kitchen
If you are fortunate enough to have large windows in your kitchen, use them to their best advantage.
- You can hang white curtains made from thin fabric, or use pastel or pale colors to give the sensation of more space.
- If you have no windows, or they are poorly positioned, it’s important to have a good artificial light source that will help you create a comfortable environment.
Remember that good lighting will help a room appear much more spacious.
We recommend hanging long lamps from the ceiling or placing several lights underneath the shelves. These will provide a sense of spaciousness and comfort.
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3. Shelving placement to optimize space
Shelving is fundamental to maintaining order in the kitchen and the material you use is the key to having more or less space.
- For small spaces the most recommended materials are wood and steel, however, the very best option is glass.
- Use it in the furniture, the shelves, and the jars. Remember that glass not only lets light pass through it, but it also reflects light. This makes it seem as if there is much more space and light.
- On the other hand, it is highly recommended to have movable furniture and shelves, with various compartments to store different utensils.
You can put it in any corner, and furthermore, it will provide extra work space, which you can never have too much of in a small kitchen!
4. Playing around with color
Colors are very important in small spaces, since dark tones minimize space and reduce light.
- In very small kitchens, we recommend using white for the walls, furniture, accessories and shelving, since it gives a neutral touch and plenty of light.
White helps prevent visual overload and makes everything look more open. You can choose this color for the walls and combine it with cream colored or slightly darker toned shelving for an excellent contrast.