The kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s where everyone gathers to share a meal and catch up on the day. However, if you have a tiny kitchen with limited space then you may find yourself feeling cramped when cooking and eating.
The best way around this problem is to use small-space solutions that make the most out of every inch of your space. Here are some tips for doing just that:
Your kitchen is not a cave. You don’t want to be cooking in the dark, and you definitely don’t want your kids playing hide-and-seek under the table.
Lighten up! Light colors will make your kitchen look bigger and more open. Black, dark brown, and even red can feel claustrophobic in this room, so go for warm whites or light grays instead (unless you have an all-black kitchen).
If your cabinets are white or cream colored consider painting them aqua blue or green: it’s a great way to add a splash of color without overwhelming the room. Allow natural light to come in for a more cozy dining space.
Maximize your vertical space.
You might be surprised by how much you can fit on the wall space of your kitchen. This is especially true if you have an open shelving system or one that allows items to hang from hooks.
If your cabinet doors are lower than eye level, try hanging a magnetic strip above them and storing all sorts of utensils and tools there instead of in drawers below (e.g., spatulas, measuring cups). You can also use this space to store spices out of sight until needed; simply hang them on rings or tiered racks like those used in wine cellars or pantries.
If there’s enough room beneath them—and if they’re not too high up—hang pots and pans from wall hooks instead of stacking them inside cupboards: not only will this save space but it’ll also keep their handles from getting bent over time as well as prevent them from banging into each other when you open the cabinet door when cooking. However, avoid crowding your entire wall.
Use a clustered look to create a focal point.
The clustered look is one of the best ways to create a focal point in your tiny kitchen. A hutch or tall cabinet placed against the wall or corner can provide visual interest and make the room feel bigger than it is, while also making it easier for you to gather all of your cooking gadgets and utensils together in one place.
You can also use multiple cabinets or drawers as a way to add storage without taking up floor space. This works incredibly well if you have appliances or other large items on display: since they will be stored behind closed doors, they’ll disappear from view when not in use but will still be close at hand when needed.
Add a kitchen island table.
If you’re considering a kitchen island, there are many different options to choose from. An island can be used for multiple purposes, such as additional counter space or as a breakfast nook. A kitchen island table is also an excellent idea if you want the flexibility of having an extra room when it’s needed and freeing up the space when it’s not needed.
When choosing your kitchen island table, consider what you’ll be using it for most often and how much space you have available in your home before purchasing one that might not fit properly into your home’s design scheme.
Think about the shape of the room.
For example, if your kitchen is long and narrow, then it makes sense to have the kitchen run along one wall of that space. On the other hand, if you have a rectangular room with equal dimensions on each side (say 10 feet by 8 feet), then you might want to consider having a longer rectangle shape for your kitchen layout.
And if you have a square room (like an old-fashioned galley kitchen), then it’s probably best to leave things as they are—it won’t make sense to turn what was once an ideal square into a more awkward shape.
Consider a round or oval table.
If you’re looking for a round table, consider that it might be more intimate. A rectangular table will give you more space to work with and can fit more people around it if needed. However, there are benefits to both shapes of this style of furniture. If you have an oval-shaped kitchen island or countertop, then consider getting an oval-shaped dining table as well because they complement each other so well. Not only will they fit together nicely in your space but they also look great together.
If you’re looking for something more efficient in terms of space and cost-effectiveness then consider going with an oval shape instead as this shape allows for better circulation around them (depending on where exactly your seating is). This means that everyone sitting at one can see everyone else without having too much distance between them which leads us to the next point – versatility.
Opt for open shelves instead of cabinetry.
If you’re tight on cupboard space, open shelving is a great way to show off your favorite items and make the most of a small space. Open shelving is perfect for displaying your favorite cookbooks and accessories, like serving dishes and candlesticks. The best part? Open shelving can save on valuable storage space because it doesn’t require a full-size cabinet underneath it, which could otherwise be wasted space. There is a lot of double-duty shelving you can find in your local market.
Be sure the pieces you choose make the most of your floor space.
In addition to being sure that the pieces you choose are the right size, color, and style for your kitchen, it’s important to make sure they also make the most of your small spaces. For example, if you’re working with a small kitchen (which is only about 100 square feet), then having appliances that are too big will take up too much valuable real estate.
Similarly with precious counter space: while it might be tempting to splash out on an expensive island or bar-length countertop—which might be great for entertaining but terrible for cooking in—if it doesn’t fit in your kitchen then it can’t do what you need to be done anyway. For example, if you have a small sink basin so everything else needs to be small as well; otherwise, your dishes wouldn’t fit in there.
Smaller living space doesn’t have to cramp your style.
You can opt for open shelving instead of cabinetry, or add an island table. A kitchen island may be the best way to get more counter space and storage in your tiny kitchen—it’s like another room within your home. In addition, if you’re looking for an affordable way to increase functionality without hiring an interior designer, lighten up: choose white appliances and white cabinets over stainless steel or black ones (which also tend to be pricier).
In the end, it’s not just about having a great kitchen space but also having one that feels like home. Consider these tips and tricks if you want to make your kitchen feel more spacious. They might be just what you need to create a cozy space you can enjoy for years to come.