The kitchen has always been the engine of the home, but it’s not always necessarily the most spacious of rooms. Many of us are working with small kitchen ideas, so if you’re frustrated by the lack of space in yours, you’re certainly not alone. 

The constraints of a petite kitchen just require us to be more inventive with our  kitchen ideas. Plus, we think you can definitely afford to be more daring in a small space than a huge kitchen complete with a kitchen island and American-style fridge. Small kitchen design also means less money spent on cabinetry, potentially allowing more budget to go on lighting and appliances.

Take time to really ask yourself how your household uses the kitchen day-to-day and find ways to make the most of every spare inch. You’ll be able to turn a tiny kitchen into one that works for you (we should know).

Small kitchen ideas

Simon Temprell, Interior Design Manager at Neptune(opens in new tab)‘s top space-saving tips for small kitchen ideas include hanging a batterie de cuisine above an island or countertops to store pans and cooking utensils up and out of the way, and integrating as many appliances as possible so they’re unobtrusive.

When thinking about how to design a kitchen that’s short on space, it’s essential to think about your overall aesthetic. ‘Some décor suits smaller kitchens, while others can make your space feel enclosed,’ says Hayley Simmons, Director of Commercial Range at Magnet(opens in new tab) There are some layouts that simply won’t work in a small space such as island kitchens, as there isn’t enough room.’

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Lead the eye up with a painted ceiling

A ceiling painted in an unexpected colour will lead the eye up and create the illusion that your small kitchen is taller than it really is. ‘Colour in the kitchen is like seasoning in food – walls and units can appear bland without it,’ says Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director, Dulux(opens in new tab). ‘For small kitchen paint colours, consider adding a dollop of colour to the ceiling rather than the walls, and if you can paint them, add a splash of colour to the units too.’

You could use an uplifting blue, such as Bright Skies in otherwise white small kitchen design or, if you’re feeling more ambitious, try a soft tonal checkerboard effect or soft wavy lines in different sheen levels of the same colour. Marianne also suggests combining colours in bands and blocks across the walls and ceiling if you have white, grey or natural wood units.

According to the colour professional, glossy ceilings are becoming a big trend, too. And they do look amazing – but only if the surface you are painting is really smooth and you have all the right tools for how to paint a ceiling.

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