Updated: Feb 17, 2020
Small kitchens can be hard to work in, especially for those who love to cook. The lack of
storage and counter space can make cooking a much more difficult task than it generally is.
However, small kitchens come with a host of benefits too. They are well suited to smaller
households, easier to clean and maintain, and cost less to renovate. Kitchen designs can
also be optimized to make the best use of the available space, so that a small space doesn’t
have to be limiting. So, here are some of the factors to consider while renovating a small
1. Try Different Layouts:
The layout of your kitchen is the biggest factor that determines how you’re able to
use the space. While most kitchens follow an L shaped layout, sometimes with a
kitchen island, that may not be an optimal layout for your kitchen. A single wall or a
galley style kitchen are generally the best layouts for small kitchens. A single wall
layout is more akin to a kitchenette and works better for those who cook less,
whereas a galley style kitchen offers more counter and cabinet space. There are also
some small kitchens where an L or U shape makes better sense. If you’re unsure
what works best in your space, consult an interior designer who can help you find
the best layouts based on your usage and kitchen space.
2. Mirrors and Glossy Finishes:
Glossy finishes on the cabinets give the kitchen a modern look while also allowing
more light to reflect throughout your space. Mirrored finishes can also help you
achieve this look. These finishes are easier to clean and maintain, while giving your
kitchen an open and expansive look. Using glass on the cabinet doors is another way
to make the kitchen look larger. However, this works best when the cabinets are tidy
3. Light Colors:
It is a well-known fact that light colors make the space look larger. This holds true in
kitchens too. A white kitchen with wood or stainless-steel countertops look modern
and spacious. Using lighter shades of colors also helps give this look. If you wish to
use other colors, try to match the cabinet colors with the wall as this will make the
cabinets seem like they disappear into the wall. You can also use a combination of
two colors to get the best of both worlds. For example, dark colored cabinets at the
bottom and lighter ones on the top.
4. Open Storage:
Storage space is at a premium in small kitchens. To make the best of the space, you
can choose to have storage space above the upper cabinets and the refrigerator.
Corner units, thin pull out units and built in appliances also help use the available
space more wisely. Include open shelving where possible, as well as hooks for
hanging utensils, small pots and flat pans. It keeps them easily accessible while
saving cabinet space.
5. Minimal Style:
Embrace the minimalist lifestyle. Cut down on unnecessary items to give you space
for what you need most. Pair this with a minimal design style in the kitchen for a
winning combo. The minimal style helps the space feel larger, while cutting down on
inessential kitchen items will give more space for you to use the kitchen.
6. Creative use of Space:
Get creative with your use of space. Look for items and design solutions that serve
more than one purpose. Use one side of your layout or kitchen island as counter
space and a breakfast area. Incorporate folding units for more counter space. Add
storage underneath the kitchen island. Use the space in the adjacent room for some
discreet storage or connect the kitchen with the dining room to add more space.
Define spaces for appliances like the microwave oven that don’t eat into your
counter. Sit down with your interior designer to discuss the best innovative solutions
that can be incorporated into your kitchen.
7. Use Natural Light:
Open up the windows and let the sunlight stream into your kitchen. This will prevent
the kitchen from becoming a tight, claustrophobic space. Add more windows or
expand existing ones if necessary. With natural light flowing in, even dark colored
kitchens can appear large and welcoming. Add concealed lighting to your cabinets to
use up less space while giving enough light to work in the evening. An open and
well-lit space is key to being able to enjoy cooking after all.