Your kitchen is mini … and with great honor! Even when there are not enough meters, it is possible to make the most of a kitchen, either in storage or in solutions (perfect!) To create an office corner or a small pantry.
Surely you have looked on more than one occasion for tricks to decorate small kitchens, keys for mini kitchens, solutions to distribute the kitchen, ideas for kitchens with a few meters … Well, the search is over. We’ve rounded up the top ten key solutions for the smallest kitchens.
Distribution, colors, furniture, corners, storage … everything you need to take into account for a kitchen to be functional, practical and highly decorative on a day-to-day basis, despite not having meters to spare. Because small kitchens are also beautiful and complete. If you have a mini kitchen, you have a treasure.
1- The best distribution
It is the one that takes advantage of all the space. It is not that there is a better arrangement of furniture than another for a small kitchen, it will depend on the shape of the plant. But you have to take advantage of all the space, whether in line, in U or parallel and from floor to ceiling.
Opt for open storage solutions to complete those offered by furniture with doors. Think of shelves on which to stack dishes, put utensils in jars, or organize packages and cans of food in boxes.
When possible, removing a partition (such as the one that separates it from the adjoining room), opening a glass opening or replacing the hinged door with a sliding door or doing without a door, makes the kitchen gain meters.
2- Take advantage of natural light. Light up well
Does your kitchen have a window? So she’s a gifted student. Natural light is key to making spaces appear more spacious. Plus, it lets you use colors that darker kitchens can’t afford.
In any case, take care of artificial lighting, both under tall furniture (to illuminate the work area) and with wall lights or spotlights in warehouse and pantry areas and, of course, the more general ceiling lights.
3- The colors that best fit your kitchen
Light colors always reflect light. White is a safe option. Although you can combine it with touches of color in the accessories or on the countertop. Also soft versions of the colors are allowed if you want some color.
The more intense versions of the colors are reserved only for very specific brush strokes and better in bright colors such as lime green or yellow.
Opt for wall tiles in light tones, very neutral, so as not to saturate the space. Although you can afford some license, to make the kitchen more special, with more striking wallpapers, paint or tiles in a specific area.
4- Visual effects that work
For example, putting a photo on a wall, a wallpaper or a mural that adds depth or a feeling of openness to the space. It will be like opening one more window. Take a look at this idea.
5- Furniture and auxiliary pieces
The furniture should take advantage of every inch as well as the total height of the walls. You will have more warehouse space. Column furniture is quite useful. The depth of base units is 60 times the size of appliances, but tall units and columns can reduce their depth to lighten the space.
It is also successful to replace tall units with shelves, visually lighter. Of course, you must keep them in perfect order.
And as a complement, the trolleys or auxiliary shelves are an option to store and have on hand what you use the most.
6- Vertical storage
Sometimes we find that the kitchen is already furnished and we do not plan to expand the furniture. Then take advantage of clear walls with vertical storage solutions, with shelves or bars.
Use them to hang utensils, cups, jars with spices, pasta or vegetables … Also the gap behind the door is usable to hang a bag with bread, apron, cloths and mittens or place shelves with reduced depth for the jars of spices.
7- Paneled appliances and a lot of order
By being completely camouflaged with the furniture, its visual weight is lightened. So choose to integrate the appliances.
It is also convenient that the worktop is clear to get the most out of the work area and to give a greater sense of order, since a well-organized and placed space seems larger.
8- Folding or shallow tables
As a bar you can leave a flown area of the countertop to create a fast food bar with some stools. You need a minimum 40 cm of depth. There are also tables that are hidden behind the front of a kitchen drawer. They are small solutions for breakfasts or to expand the work surface when needed.
With a folding tabletop you will have a table to eat in the kitchen that is attached to the wall with a simple gesture and leaves the space in the kitchen clear to work.
And there is always a corner where you can create a comfortable mini office with a small table, chairs or stools (which, as they do not have a backrest, hide under the table).
9- Take advantage of every corner
With corner furniture, the window area, with hooks under a shelf, with boards on the hob to work on and then cook, with furniture and shelves as an open pantry … there are always ideas for mini kitchens that you can apply in yours.
10- Mini islands
To install an island in the kitchen it is true that space is required, but there are very small island models, designed for smaller kitchens. Many do not incorporate a cooking or scrubbing zone, thus reducing their measurements. They are used as an extra work surface and warehouse space.
Others have a flown bar. If the kitchen is open to the living room, it is a good solution to delimit the environments. And you can also use a piece of furniture as an island or the dining table.