While it would be nice to have a big kitchen, bigger doesn’t always translate to better. Most people would rather have an efficient kitchen that is neither too small nor too big. If your kitchen, however, feels too small, making a few adjustments in its design and space can help make it more functional, organized, and efficient. Outlined below are a few tips on how to keep your kitchen functional and seem larger.
Clear The Clutter
Lack of enough storage space is one of the leading causes of clutter in the kitchen. This especially happens if you have more items than the available space can accommodate. Decluttering and remaining with only the essential appliances/utensils can, however, help eliminate this problem. Start by going through the drawers, cabinets, and other storage units, then sort the items depending on whether they are necessary or not. You will be surprised at the number of things you hardly use, gathering dust on the shelves. Clear everything that causes visual clutter and consider donating those you no longer use/need. Another issue people tend to have is stains on their worktops especially those with marble worktops, there are plenty of articles online that you can find which will tell you how to remove water stains from marble.
Maximize On the Available Space
While decluttering may help reclaim some space, it might not be enough. You might then want to maximize the available space or even add some. Adding some shelves and using the kitchen sink as a cutting board would be an excellent idea.
Brighten It Up
Using the wrong color shade/theme for your kitchen or lighting can cause your kitchen to seem darker and smaller than it is. Adding a fresh lick of paint but with a lighter shade can help brighten it up. Adding proper lighting to your kitchen can help eliminate dark corners, creating the illusion of a much larger space. If possible, consider adding under-cabinet lighting with different accents to make it pop. You can also improve your kitchen lighting by:
- Adding LED strip lights under cabinets and shelves to illuminate the counter space.
- Adding LED strip lights under cabinets and shelves to illuminate the counter space. Peel-and-stick LED strips are a perfect choice.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient LED and fluorescent bulbs.
- Replace old light fixtures
- Add a mirrored backsplash to help reflect light. A full-sized mirror opposite the window would do wonders.
- Brighten the walls: If a quick kitchen remodel is possible, consider replacing the darker colour shades with lighter ones. Repainting the kitchen walls with blue, pale yellow, and light green hues will help improve lighting and eliminate dark areas. Consider using one colour across the kitchen (including shelves and cabinets) for even better results.
Other minor adjustments (remodels) that could improve your kitchen’s overall efficiency and space include:
- Add Pot Racks
Mounting a pot rack or two on the kitchen walls can help create more storage. This will reduce the need to keep your pots under sinks or cabinets, freeing up space in the process.
- Consider Cooking Tool Wall Storage
Most commercial kitchens use wall hardware and racks for storage. Take advantage of the available real estate on your kitchen walls by adding racks for utensils and other items. Hanging baskets would come in handy for storing/holding smaller things too. A pegboard would also come in handy for keeping your kitchen knives and even spice jars.
- Use Hideaway Furniture
A bit of creativity is needed here. Investing in multipurpose and hideaway kitchen furniture can help save tons of space. Roll out kitchen tables, cabinets, backless bar stools, wall-mounted(collapsible) tables, and cutting boards are some ideas you can borrow.
The tips outlined above can help open up your otherwise tiny kitchen, making it seem larger and more spacious. It can also help improve flow in the kitchen space too.