GUEST POST: LANA HAWKINS; KITCHEN DECOR 101: TIPS FOR ACHIEVING FUNCTIONALITY 

The kitchen is the place for serious cooking, as well as for family gatherings and catching up on the week’s events. It is the most hectic, yet tidiest room in the house. For this reason, it is always a design challenge. Having a medium to large kitchen does not require too much thinking. Small kitchens are challenging both in terms of design and utilization. Thankfully, you can always find clever tips that show you how to make a small kitchen efficient AND pretty at the same time. Here is how you can do it.

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Light Colours
Tiny spaces go well with light shades. These shades add a spacious feel to any room. That being said, an all-white kitchen is a safe choice. Especially if you have a lot of natural light to reflect on the surfaces. It will open up the space. But if you worry that too much white will make the heart of your home sterile and lifeless, by all means, add other shades as well. If you decide to take a bold move towards dark tones, bear in mind that it requires a lot more brooding about the layout and lighting. In this case, it is better to consult a design professional.

Bold Patterns

Small kitchens do not have to equal boring kitchens. Add some bold patterns to your kitchen, but try to think vertically. As a rule, vertical lines provide an illusion of a much taller space by leading your eyes toward the ceiling. On the other hand, if you want your galley-style kitchen to look wider, tiling the backsplash horizontally will do the trick. And so will diagonal flooring. Regardless of the type of flooring material, diagonal pattern will fool your eyes and visually expand the space.

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Hide Kitchen Appliances

There is no kitchen without appliances. Sadly, it is precisely these inevitable elements that make the kitchen look cramped and cluttered. Installing concealed appliances is a very popular option among kitchen owners. Disguising your appliances with panels that match the kitchen cabinets is a simple solution that will give your kitchen a clutter-free appearance. However, not all appliances require disguising. The shine surface of stainless steel kitchen appliances actually reflects the light and adds the feeling of more space.

 

Clever Storage

The lack of storage space is the biggest problem in small kitchens. To maximize the storing potential, install floor-to-ceiling cabinets. If you make the doors of the cabinets with frosted glass, they will also visually open the space, while hiding clutter. But the doors can sometimes get in the way. Optionally, open shelves are excellent for keeping regularly used items because of their ease of accessibility. Open shelves will also force you to get rid of the junk and keep only the things you actually use.

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Merge Into a Bigger Room

Oftentimes there is no better solution than to tear down the wall and merge your kitchen into the room next to it. Usually it is the dining room, so it will look like a natural extension to the cooking area anyway. The open plan layout will also solve your storage problems. Besides, they are very hip these days, especially in urban studio apartments. If your budget allows it, it is better to hire a remodelling professional to finish the job. Kitchen walls usually conceal many installations and hiring an expert to relocate installations for cold and hot water will cost you less than repairing the damage from a burst pipe.

Kitchens deprived of space need not be deprived of functionality and style. Incorporate these ideas freely into your new kitchen.

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Author’s Bio: Lana Hawkins is an architecture student and the editor in chief of Smooth Decorator. She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. Lana is interested in sustainability and green building, and that’s where she gets most of her inspiration.