With a little bit of clever planning and creativity, small kitchens can still have all the space you need. Here’s my ten design tips for maximising even the most miniscule of kitchen spaces:
1. Keep it simple by creating clean lines, choosing a neutral colour palette and leaving surfaces clutter-free.
2. Choose space saving appliances that are big on features and small on size. Like this Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer dishwasher. Its compact design will fit into the most space-challenged kitchen and genuine half load capacity means it perfect for singletons or small families. Plus it’s as quiet as a mouse, which is perfect for apartment living!
3. Laying floor tiles on the diagonal will elongate your kitchen by creating a sense of space.
4. Get creative with storage. Look up and make the most of vertical space with tall cupboards. Or how about the practical beauty of a hanging rack for pots and pans or a rail and butcher’s hooks?
5. Kitchen lighting shouldn’t just look good, it needs to create the right ambiance and be functional. Make sure your work areas are well lit and not in shadow, have under-cabinet lighting and ensure there’s good task lighting above the dishwasher and sink.
6. Open shelving or cabinetry with glazed doors will make a small kitchen feel less claustrophobic.
7. Do away with handles and choose ‘invisible’ finger pulls cut into the top or sides of cupboards.
8. A mirrored splashback will visually expand your kitchen and make it feel more open. A word of caution though, it also reflects everything that’s in front of it, so it’s probably not ideal if you’re a little on the messy side!
9. Streamline your benchtop by choosing an under-bench sink with hidden edges.
10. Make appliances scarce by integrating them. For a maximum style points, conceal your fridge, rangehood and dishwasher.