Kitchens produce a number of design challenges in the home. They tend to be the most cluttered room in the house, with appliances and condiments covering every available surface, they require constant cleaning to maintain health and hygiene, and there are a number of large units like the refrigerator and oven that need significant space. It’s no surprise then that, when we are faced with limited space, kitchens can seem especially difficult to design.
There are however a number of great ways to organize and arrange your kitchen so that even with the smallest space available you can still fit everything in, and keep things handy and convenient. That’s why today we’re going to look at ten ways to make your narrow kitchen more comfortable, proving that you can have a super fashionable and functional kitchen regardless of the space available. So let’s get into and see what kind of innovative solutions the experts at homify have come up with!
- Priorities storage
Before you fill your kitchen with stylish accessories and brand new appliances it’s important to ensure you have plenty of storage. When the kitchen is narrow you’ll need every available bit of surface area for preparing food, so it’s no good if it’s covered in clutter.
Consider custom designed cabinets that perfectly fill the available space in your home and reach right to the ceiling fitting in as much storage space as possible—believe us, you’ll need it!
- Multifunctional furniture
If you’ve got a small kitchen then one thing you’ll definitely need is multipurpose furniture. Take a look at this counter for example, it has storage, works as a breakfast bar and a food preparation space, and also functionally separates the kitchen from the living room.
Consider your needs, and then try to find furniture that will fit as many of them as possible.
- Hide the refrigerator
The refrigerator takes up a lot of space, it’s a given and a necessity, but it doesn’t have to look like it. To address this you first want to ensure you have a dedicated space for your refrigerator, preferably a recess.
The next step is to visually conceal it. This can be done with a custom built cabinet that matches the rest of your kitchen. With your refrigerator hidden away your kitchen will feel more spacious, and look sleek. A kitchen professional can help with this task.
- Make the most of your drawers
Drawers that function like cabinets are a clever way to maximize space in your kitchen. Perfect for the kinds of things that tend to clutter the countertop like spices and herbs, as well as small kitchen accessories, they provide neat storage, and are super convenient.
They’re also a great place to store pots and pans, and can even be used to hide the dishwasher!
- Unify the space with color
The visual impact of your kitchen heavily influences your experience of it, and tying together the visual aesthetic to create a unique space will make it look well organized and slick.
Choose a color palette for your kitchen that differentiates the space from the rest of the home, while still complementing the decor.
- Hide the trash can
This is about smell as much as appearance. A smelly kitchen is uninviting, and in a small space can be quite overwhelming, plus if it’s sitting out in the open it’s off-putting and unhygienic.
Ensure that your trash can has a lid, and then hide it away in a cupboard or nook so that it’s out of sight. This will also prevent you tripping over it when you’re moving around your kitchen!
- Use vertical surfaces
It’s important to use every available space in a small kitchen, and that means going vertical. This can be extra shelving, or creative ideas like these fun and fashionable magnetic spice containers that are perfect for the refrigerator or any spare wall space.
- Clever use of lighting
Kitchens can often end up being pretty dark spaces due to their position in the home, and the sheer amount of clutter, so it’s important to keep the place well lit. This will benefit your safety when preparing food, help you to keep on top of the cleaning, and also create a sense of space because you can clearly see every corner of the kitchen. There are all kinds of unique lighting solutions, just talk to our experts!
- Vivid feature colors
If you’re dealing with a small space one good way to distract from the size is with bright splashes of vibrant color that will redirect the eye. Visual interest will make a space feel bigger, plus they say that yellow stimulates the appetite!
- Hanging items
This is a wonderful space saving solution for when you just can’t fit any more storage into your kitchen. You can hang pots and pans from hooks on a bar or grill that is suspended from the ceiling or attached to the wall. This also looks very quaint and cute, and is a great way to decorate, just be careful of the kids!
Just because your kitchen is small doesn’t mean it can’t be perfect!