Maximizing space: how to give your small kitchen big feels
In this blog post you will learn how to make a small kitchen feel bigger. The super talented kitchen designers at FORM Kitchens shared some of their top practical tips on how to make your small kitchen feel bigger, from using light colors and smart kitchen cabinets to optimizing the space with smart design that adapts to your lifestyle and choosing the right lighting.
April 28, 2023
If you have a small kitchen you might feel like it's impossible to keep it organized or to maximize the space. Don't worry! With the right design and kitchen cabinets, you can transform it into a functional space that feels spacious, just like a larger kitchen. The super talented kitchen designers at FORM shared some of their top practical tips on how to make your small kitchen feel bigger, from using light colors and smart kitchen cabinets to optimizing the space with smart design that adapts to your lifestyle and choosing the right lighting. Keep this tips in mind when creating your brief for your designer or architect and say goodbye to a cramped kitchen and hello to a more functional and inviting space!
Keep a small kitchen light and bright
One of the most effective ways to make a small kitchen feel bigger is by using light colors. Light-colored walls, cabinetry, and countertops can reflect more light, making your kitchen feel brighter and more open. Opt for colors like white, light gray, or light pastels, which can create an illusion of a larger space while keeping a modern, sleek look. Avoid dark colors as they can make the kitchen feel smaller and cramped. For visual reference, check out one of our latest projects: Joyce Liu’s small kitchen, where a beautiful pastel palette was used to brighten up her space.
Keep it clutter-free with smart kitchen cabinets
Clutter can quickly make a small kitchen feel cramped and chaotic. Keep your countertops clear of unnecessary items, and store your kitchen tools and gadgets in cabinets or drawers. Invest in clever storage solutions, such as pull-out shelves, hooks, and magnetic strips, to keep your pots, pans, and utensils organized and easily accessible. Consider storage space for appliances, like a secret cabinet for your rice cooker and blending machine, this way you will keep your small kitchen clutter free. By keeping your small kitchen clutter-free, you can create a sense of openness and orderliness, making it feel more spacious.
Create a flow inspired by your routine
“When you have limited space, it's crucial to prioritize storage thinking about your habits”, says Debora Papa, Senior Designer at FORM Kitchens, this will help a designer create a kitchen flow that will make sense to you. Think about what is most important to you, or what are the items that you and your family will need easy access to. Use the upper cabinets for items you rarely use, and reserve the lower cabinets for everyday essentials. Add open shelves or hooks on the walls to store frequently used items or display decorative pieces. Utilize the space above the refrigerator or the top of the cabinets for additional storage. By optimizing vertical space, you can create more storage and make your small kitchen feel bigger.
Use glass-fronted cabinet doors
Glass can be a powerful tool in making a small kitchen feel larger. Consider installing glass-fronted cabinet doors to reflect light and create an illusion of depth. If you have a window in your kitchen, keep it unobstructed to allow natural light to flood the space, making it feel brighter and more expansive. We have some really cool glass options with innovative cabinet systems that will not only look great but will also make your life so much easier.
Use multi-functional furniture and appliances
When you have a small kitchen, it's essential to make every square inch count. Look for multi-functional furniture and appliances that can serve more than one purpose. For example, consider an island that can be used as a prep area or workspace when not in use. Choose appliances that are compact and offer multiple functionalities, such as a combination microwave and convection oven or a dishwasher with a pull-out cutting board. These space-saving solutions can help you maximize the functionality of your kitchen while minimizing clutter.
Choose the right Light
Good lighting is crucial in any kitchen, especially in a small space. Use a combination of ambient, task, and accent lighting to create a well-lit and inviting atmosphere. Install recessed lights or track lights on the ceiling to provide general illumination. Use under-cabinet lights or pendant lights to provide task lighting for food prep and cooking areas. Add some decorative lighting, such as a chandelier or wall sconces, to create a focal point and add visual interest. Well-placed lighting can make your small kitchen feel brighter, larger, and more welcoming.
In a small kitchen, keep it simple and streamlined
In a small kitchen, it's essential to keep the design simple and streamlined. Avoid overly ornate or busy. A modern European kitchen style might be the answer as it can offer innovative storage solutions and a simple, yet beautiful design that will look timeless and cleaner. Don’t forget to check out our catalog for more inspiration!