Is your kitchen small, it almost fits in a pocket square? However, as you will see, it can be very aesthetic, modern, and perfectly functional. There are some tricks that can optimize the space and even make it visually larger. Your small kitchen then has nothing to envy to the large ones! The choice of furniture, equipment, trendy colors, and materials is very important to light it up, to modernize it, without forgetting of course the essential decorative touch which makes all the difference.
The best thing to do before buying furniture and appliances is to make a plan. So you immediately have a more precise view of what you can put on, and how to put everything together. Above all, don’t forget the circulation spaces. Even if the area is small, you must be able to move around very easily. In general, know that you must keep at least 80 cm in front of the worktop to be able to cook comfortably. Plan elements that are shallower in height to avoid bumping into yourself and 55 cm between the worktop and the high units.
Opting for an L-shaped plan, if you can, saves space. This is a clever plan in very cramped kitchens to be able to move easily in particular. If you have a window, place your sink under it, you will appreciate the natural light. It is possible to add a small work surface to the opposite wall in order to store coffee makers and small household appliances. In this way, you free up your work plan.
The U-shaped plan is recommended when the kitchen is rather square or rectangular, it offers the possibility of occupying the total surface. Plus, it’s also a way to isolate it, but without actually partitioning it if it isn’t. The return allows for a dining area. Plus, this plan is perfect for saving travel time when preparing meals.
A kitchen under the mezzanine: not easy to fit out due to the reduced ceiling height. Once again, you have to be smart so that it is sufficiently ventilated. The easiest way is to choose low elements and if you have sufficient ceiling height, then hang low-rise furniture with glass preferably. In this small space, the table that can be folded down is a valuable tip.
A kitchen with sloping ceilings: the kitchen in the attic is difficult to set up, but nothing is impossible provided you make the most of the lowest places with made-to-measure storage. Appliances will find their place where there is height, just like the sink, for greater freedom of movement. You just have to optimize each m² so that it is perfectly rationalized and remains very practical.
It is all the more important that the room is small to identify each area correctly. The more the worlds are separated, the bigger your kitchen will appear than it is. Moreover, it is also for the practical side that it is necessary to do this. A part must always be legible.
Take advantage of angles
The smaller the kitchen, the less space you can afford. Do not forget the angles and do not hesitate to put a made-to-measure element: cabinet or shelves in order to use them correctly as is the case for an L-shaped kitchen. It is possible to mix standard and custom fittings if necessary, the whole thing is to gain storage space because together with the household appliance, it is the most important part of the room. Also, consider baseboards that can accommodate drawers.
Occupy all the upper parts
Bet on height by occupying it completely. A wall of shelves is functional and lighter than a piece of furniture in some cases. Use utensils that are infrequently used on the highest shelves. Of course, you can opt for cupboards up to the ceiling. Open storage lightens the whole. On the walls, put wall bars, sliding baskets, credenza bars, and small decorative storage. You see, it’s always possible to push the boundaries of your tiny kitchen. Put shelves above the windows and store your folding chairs of course, above the door to free up space when you don’t need it.
And what about the household appliance?
The manufacturers have thought of everything and they have multiplied the most clever devices so that you have all the comfort possible, even in a small area. There are many ideas to save space without losing functionality. Prefer the narrow version dishwasher, the compact oven, the mini food processor, the small refrigerator, the hood that can be erased or in an ultra-flat version.
Also bet on the two in one, combined oven and microwave, dishwasher with hob, fridge, and freezer, etc. Also try to integrate your appliances as much as possible, especially if your mini-kitchen is open to the living room. There is no shortage of tips to rationalize the available space. And also know that aesthetically, it is more pleasing to the eye. For this reason, choose these devices in the same finish, the unit allows enlarging the space.
Opt for a linear!
A compact and linear kitchen makes it possible to bring together all the functions in a single block. You can then add a cart with wheels or a central island, but you have the sink and the appliances on hand. Preparing to eat under these conditions is easier. This is a perfect solution for a small open kitchen. You then choose your furniture according to the decor option of the rest of the room.
In these small kitchens, the decor is very important. And like in the big ones, we have fun, we play with colors, materials and light. This is how you can push the walls … At least visually, but it is already very important. Make way for light shades, luminosity and materials that give depth.
Light colors will obviously be preferred, as they allow you to expand the space. White on the walls, pastel shades, soft grays, anything that helps brighten up is welcome! You can however dare the colors a little stronger and dark if you want to give character to the room. But in this case, it will only be small touches on the credenza for example. Opt for lacquered furniture, paints and glossy or satin tiles. They reflect the light.
Multiply the light sources: spotlights, wall lights and suspensions, fixed to the wall or to the ceiling, illuminate every corner to once again give fullness to your space, without occupying the floor space or the furniture.
In terms of materials, do not hesitate to add relief, structure and personality, whether on the floor, on the splashback or on the walls, it is also a question of aesthetics.
On the floor, opt for a practical coating, not very dirty and easy to maintain: today anything is possible and even if you want a little originality, you will have no trouble.