Nidhi Vaish lists some ideas to ensure that your small kitchen appears spacious
The kitchen is not just a cooking space anymore, but a lifestyle space and we all dream of a spacious kitchen with sky-high ceilings and tons of natural lighting through massive windows. Here are five clever and chic design ideas on how a differentiated design approach can help you with more room in your kitchen area than you could have ever imagined!
Play with heights of the counters and the overhead cabinets
A mid-height counter unit can be used to install all appliances at a comfortable working height while unlocking the extra counter space above. These higher counters can also be used as a breakfast table or partition units. Adding extra height to the overhead unit gives space to store less frequently used items in the kitchen.
Choose your appliances wisely
Adding a built-in fridge and a tall unit with a combi microwave oven frees up the counter space. One can also look at installing a cooking range to bring all cooking requirements under the hob itself, leaving the rest of the area to be planned for storage. Recently, warmer drawers have gained popularity to keep counters clean by tucking away all the utensils once cooking is done. For a small kitchen, it makes even more sense since the counters are free with food waiting in the drawer till mealtime. Additionally, in today’s hybrid working environment, it is essential to manage time well and a sink piled up with utensils would not help at all. Appliances such as dishwashers not only saves water but also doesn’t occupy a lot of space. It gets the utensils squeaky clean and dry in a short period saving you sink and counter space too.
Create a pull-out pantry
If you’re adding shelves for storage, you don’t want them to look cluttered. Enter a pull-out pantry, which makes use of an awkward nook next to the refrigerator and hides unsightly dry goods behind a super-useful chalkboard door.
Add a prep area
You may not have space to expand or add a full island, so think about bringing in a slim rolling kitchen cart or bar cart to serve as extra counter space. Even a narrow console can work as a spot to set tools and ingredients on while you cook.
Use light colours to visually expand kitchen
The lighter the kitchen, the larger it can feel. Sometimes, keeping an especially light palette on countertops, backsplashes, walls, and millwork also helps a small kitchen feel more open. If you’re not in the market for a full renovation, consider the cooking tools that you always have out: Cutting boards, pots and pans, and linens can all lift a space if you opt for pieces in light shades.
(The author is an architect.)