There are a variety of factors to consider when planning a new kitchen, most importantly of which is deciding how to maximise the available space. In more compact rooms, it is important to ensure every space is used as effectively as possible, and small kitchen design ideas often incorporate clever storage solutions to provide maximum capacity in the minimum space. We have compiled this list to provide some ideas that can be incorporated in your design.
There are a number of different ways that kitchen cabinets can be configured to make the most of a small space. Our cabinet wirework is perfect for ensuring that every inch of every cupboard is utilised, even when they are fitted in tight corners or other awkward spaces. By using only base cabinets, you can create the illusion of additional space in the top half of the room.
If you need the extra storage space, using shelving in the top half of the room is a great solution, and – for a similar effect – white or light cabinets with glass frontals are also an ideal when planning small kitchen design ideas. At the opposite end of the scale, tall cabinets can be used effectively to provide additional storage without losing space in the middle for a worktop, provided you have sufficient surface space.
Using colour to make your small kitchen appear larger is a common route to explore when considering different designs. The obvious choice is white or a light colour when trying to create the illusion that a room is bigger than it actually is, but darker colours can be used just as effectively in small kitchen design ideas without creating a cave-like atmosphere. ‘Tuxedo cabinets’ have been gaining popularity, and are a fantastic alternative to an all-white kitchen design. This is where lower or base cabinets are painted a darker colour and a lighter colour is used for the wall cabinets. Don’t forget to consider the colour of your walls when thinking about the palette for the entire room – the visible wall area will vary from kitchen to kitchen but it is an important aspect of the design that often gets overlooked.
Cabinets are not the only storage to consider in your small kitchen design ideas. We have a variety of solid oak storage solutions, from spice racks to kitchen trolleys. Adding these optional space savers can be a stylish and functional way to make sure every inch of your kitchen is utilised in the most effective way possible.
If you are looking for more inspiration, we have written guides on creating solid oak kitchens in small spaces and also provided small kitchen design tips if you wish to read more about creating a beautiful kitchen in a compact space!