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Our latest blog post delves into the world of small kitchen ideas. We’ve pulled together examples of some of our latest designs that will show you how to get the best out of your space and how you don’t have to compromise on style.
Boiling water taps
You’ll be amazed at how much bigger a small kitchen feels when it you limit the clutter and small appliances on show. One easy way to do this is to replace a kettle for a boiling tap. At the click of a button, you’ll get instant boiling water, either for the perfect brew or for using with a pan on the hob.
The oldest trick in the book when it comes to making a space feel bigger is to use mirrors, and small kitchens are no different. The easiest and most effective way is to use a mirrored splashback above areas such as the sink and run it along the whole wall/bank of units.
You could also consider metallic mirrored tiles to bring in the luxe vibe. If you do decide to add a metallic backsplash, our recommendation is to play to the material’s strength by adding backlighting or down lighting to make the most of the glamour it affords.
Floor to ceiling cabinets
While we know this isn’t the smallest kitchen you’ve ever seen, it has a really great feature that we wanted to share with you. One way to maximise storage in a small kitchen is to go higher, especially in older properties with higher ceilings. Typically, this space would just be underutilised, or you’d end up storing any old box on top of your cabinets.
However, by making sure your cabinets flow right to the top, it can provide much needed storage and it looks aesthetically pleasing. Oh…and it is also bang on trend for 2024.
Make the most of corner cabinets
Storage is at a premium in small kitchens, so it is important to make the most of what you have. Corner cabinets can be a nightmare as items get pushed to the back and it is a pain to route around to find what you need.
Instead, when designing your new kitchen, talk to your designer about all the options open to you. If you are going bespoke, custom drawers could be an option and it allows you to create a depth of each drawer to suit your requirements. Sometimes, an extra deep drawer can be just what is missing!
While we are on the topic of corner cabinets and making use of space, choosing a corner sink or ensuring the drying rack is positioned in this space frees up much needed and precious counter top space for preparing and cooking food.
Choose pale shades
Small kitchens can be dark and dramatic, but they do benefit from choosing a paler, warmer shade for the cabinetry. Our favourite at the moment is cashmere, with its warm, honey tones bringing a richness to kitchens.
Once you have your colour, don’t forget to be clever with your textures too. Ribbed glass, textured hardware and stone worktops are all design features that help a dark and small scheme look fabulous.