May 27, 2014

Make a Tiny Kitchen More FUNctional

Posted by Treetopia in Home Decorating with Treetopia

Space is the most important element of your home’s interior. You can fill your living room with the most beautiful furniture around, but it wouldn’t be much of a “living room” if you couldn’t actually live in it due to an inefficient use of space. This scenario applies to your kitchen— perhaps even more so.

The kitchen is where most of the housework gets done. Compared to the living room or bedroom, the kitchen sees more work done in a day than both those rooms combined. Smaller kitchens pose an even bigger challenge, since you’ll need to make judicious use of the limited space available.

Below are a few tips on how you can make a tiny kitchen as functional as possible – and have a bit of fun, while you’re at it!



Go vertical.

Bare walls can make a room look larger than it actually is, but you can also use them for shelf space. Maximize kitchen wall space by stacking cabinets as high as you can. Keep those seldom-used utensils above eye level. You can use a stepladder to reach those hard-to-reach cabinets. Reserve the highest levels for decorative elements such as plants and ornamental plates.

Placement is everything.
Think of standard kitchen layouts as guidelines; they are not set in stone. Take note of how you work in the kitchen and arrange tools and furnishings according to that, not vice versa. Place frequently-used items on a low shelf or cupboard, where they will be easily accessible. Tools that are used less often can be placed at higher shelves. (See previous tip) Don’t be afraid to break the rules. It’s your work, your kitchen— you make the rules here!

Hang ‘em high. 

Stacking pots and pans on a shelf or cabinet not such a good idea—especially when they’re up high. Their rounded, irregular outlines make them prone to toppling. Instead of storing pots and pans on shelves or countertops, hang them where they will be easily accessible. Nothing frees up more space in the kitchen than a pot rack. It also makes it easier to just grab what you need while you’re cooking up a storm.

White is the new black

White walls can help make a room look more spacious. However, the whole kitchen doesn’t need to be stark white for you to achieve this. To keep things on the stylish, consider dark wood floors and a slightly darker ceiling. The dark wood panels and countertop in the image above do a great job of providing contrast and depth.

Break down barriers.

One way to expand your kitchen space is to literally expand it by opening up the wall between the kitchen and living room. This comes with the extra benefit of making your living room look larger as well. Without a wall between the kitchen and living room, you can now show your guests what a wonderful cook you are! You’ll lose an entire wall’s worth of shelf and cabinet space, though, so think about all logistical factors before making that commitment.

Small kitchens do have some advantages over large ones. For one, you wouldn’t have to move too far from your stove just to reach that important ingredient.  A large floor area  also tends to make us less aware of how we use space, in turn making us prone to spreading equipment around needlessly. In the case of kitchens, the old adage rings true:

Less is more.

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