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10 Tips on How to Design a Small Kitchen by Smeg

10 Tips on How to Design a Small Kitchen by Smeg

Style for Smeg is the way a product communicates with its surroundings and enables users to interact with it, thus establishing a rapport with the user that goes beyond mere practical concerns. With this idea, Smeg has carried out painstaking research into aesthetics and style. But what about small kitchens? Can they be stylish and practical at the same time? We say YES! You just need some clever design ideas and some tips to make your small kitchen to look large and sociable. Sure, you might not have space for a kitchen island, range cooker and dining table to cram guests around. But diminutive doesn’t have to mean drab. There’s a wealth of clever ways to make your kitchen scheme feel spacious…

We’ve got a whole section of kitchen tips ready to help kick-start your project.

1. Opt for a crisp colour scheme

Make a small kitchen feel light and airy by opting for a neutral colour scheme. However, neutral doesn’t just mean beige or cream. Pair white pattern tiles and marble worktops with duck egg blue kitchen cabinets for a crisp colour scheme that will bounce light around, making the kitchen feel spacious.

2. Distract the eye with bold flooring

In a small kitchen go all-out with bold tiling. A strong pattern on the floor distracts the eye and makes the room feel bigger. You can choose black and white tiles or tiles with heavy motifs with colorful flowers. Your kitchen will look stylish despite its furnishing.

3. Hide appliances in a breakfast cupboard

Keep surfaces from looking cluttered by tucking the toaster, kettle and coffee machine away in a breakfast cupboard. As soon as you open the cupboard your favourite gadget a sat ready to use. This is a nifty trick for making use of awkward corners and that none of your kitchen tech gets lost at the back of a cabinet.

4. Swap an extractor hood for a combined extractor induction hob

This combined induction extractor hob is a great space saver in a small kitchen. It means you can swap a bulky extractor hood above the hob in favour of extra storage. If you don’t require an extra cupboard of set of shelves, consider leaving the area above the hob empty to give the illusion of a more spacious kitchen.

Smeg Hobd hob - Dolce Stil Novo

5. Supersize the sink

Your small kitchen might not have space for a dishwasher, so it’s worth finding room for a double sink. Keep one bowl for washing and one bowl for dirty dishes. That way you’ll have somewhere to stack mucky prep kit and plates out of sight, and without cluttering up the work surface. Smeg Mira Black Glass and Stainless Steel sink cover was specifically designed to slide on and off of the Smeg Mira Double Sink. This cover is 7mm thick and has a dual function as a sink cover and when reversed it can also be used as a cutting board.

Smeg Mira Black Glass and Stainless Steel sink cover

6. Tidy your worksurface

If there are too many items cluttering up the worktops, consider clever solutions like wall-mounted magnetic knife strips, rails to hang utensils, pans, mugs, spice jars and cutlery bins. Also think about what you need to have to hand every day, such as chopping boards, wooden spoons, washing-up liquid, and what can be stored away until needed.

7. Don’t let space go to waste

Not every kitchen will have room, but if your heart is set on having an island or peninsula, consider a slimline design. The central workstation shown here may be small, but it provides extra storage space and a useful worktop for food preparation.

8. Turn an awkward corner into clever storage

A small kitchen requires you making use of every inch of storage space you have. If you have a small boxy kitchen, rather than cramming all your pots and pans into a deep cupboard that is going to become a nightmare when you need to find a particular frying pan, consider swapping a cupboard for a drawer. This clever pullout drawer maximises space and makes finding your favourite frying pan easy-peasy.

9. Install floor-to-ceiling cabinetry

Think vertically by continuing your cabinets up to the ceiling but plan carefully to ensure the room feels as open as possible. Store less frequently used items in high cupboards. Add a breakfast bar if you can – the amount of storage and workspace it provides makes great use of the footprint and will ensure your kitchen is more sociable.

10. Keep your kitchen scheme simple

Nothing makes a room seem larger like simple white walls, so why not take it further with sleek, contemporary details that open up the space. Light, reflective materials and minimal designs are your friends in a small kitchen, so consider white or frosted glass cabinet doors, white stone or composite, or stainless-steel worktops, and white splashback tiling.

Source: www.idealhome.co.uk

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