Small kitchen spaces need extra clever design ideas to maximise the space. We can help you create the perfect kitchen that works for any space, no matter how teeny.
Keeping the space bright with a neutral colour scheme is a good way to make a space look bigger. Light naturally bounces off white and other pale colours so it will help to create the illusion of space. But you don’t just have to use white to achieve this, duck egg blue, lemon, dove grey and mint green could all work just as well. If you do choose a monochrome finish you can accent with vivid accessories so that your personality still shines through.
Change your extractor hood
You can exchange a bulky extractor hood above the hob for more storage with several new extractor options. If you like an extractor to be above your cooking space a built-in cupboard hood could work for your kitchen. The benefit of these is you can use the space around them for storage and only need to reveal the hood when in use.
Another great option is a countertop extractor that can sit flush along side your hob. These can help you reclaim headspace (and use it for storage if needed) and keeps odours from escaping the cooking area.
Downdraught extractors are wonderful for hobs situated on kitchen islands as they retract when not in use but provide a great way to illuminate steam and cooking odours when in use.
Swap a kitchen table for a workable island
Whilst we are on the subject of kitchen islands, why not swap the traditional kitchen table for an island instead? It might sound like a terrible idea to introduce an island to a small kitchen space but it’s a great way to have extra storage space below a useable countertop and a social place for the household to eat.
Turn unused or awkward spaces into storage
Small kitchens mean that every single inch of space counts. Our German kitchens have less of a kickboard (the cavity between the where floor and the cupboard meets) meaning our kitchens already start out with more cupboard space! But clever corner cupboards larders, hidden waste disposal, and corner pull outs can make all the difference to how well a kitchen works.
You can also claim back valuable space with clever sink accessories that provide more chopping/counter space.
No room for a dishwasher?
In small kitchens it can be difficult to fit all appliances we would like. If you don’t have space for a dishwasher, your kitchen sink will be even more crucial to everyday living. If space allows, opt for a double sink. One bowl can be used for preparing food or using a colander and the other for any dirty dishes/prepping equipment. It’ll help reduce clutter on the counter so you have more space when cooking.
Choose appliances that do more than one job
If you want to make sure your counterspace works well, removing bulky appliances like the microwave and the kettle can be easy wins. Don’t worry, we’re not saying you have to give up your morning brew. You can add a tap that produces boiling hot water in seconds, therefore making your kettle redundant.
Choose an oven and microwave combo that is built-in to your kitchen to improve the space you have available on your countertops.
Introduce floor to ceiling cabinets
This may not be possible in period properties due to uneven ceilings but in most homes, increasing your cabinet size so you don’t have all that lovely empty space going to waste is a super easy way to extend the space you have available to you.
If you want to discuss how to maximise the space in your kitchen, talk to us today!
The way we shop has changed recently, with many of us choosing to return to a larger weekly shop. This may pose some new challenges around how we keep food fresh, recipes that mean less food waste, and finding alternative ingredients. Here are our top tips for keeping food fresh and making the most of your groceries.
By creating a weekly meal plan, you will be better able to manage what meals work best for your budget. Overbuying can lead to food waste, so making sure you check fridges, freezers and cupboards before shopping is a good way to save money and maximise your shopping list.
When in-store, try to get into the habit of checking date labels. Fresh fruit and vegetables should be consumed first. It is best to organise them with the ripest at the front, so they are used first. In fact, the ‘first in, first out’ rule should be observed for all food. By keeping products with the closest expiration dates at the front, you will find you are more likely to use them before they go off.
Any leftover ingredients (including offcuts) can be made into a soup or casserole to avoid wastage. Check out Love Food Hate Waste for more helpful information.
You can also use the freezer to store over-ripe fruits to be included in smoothies or baked goods. Yum!
Could your pantry be the key to less food waste?
Your pantry could be the secret weapon in creating dishes that not only wow, but that reduce food waste in your kitchen. Have you ever gone to try a recipe only to realise you don’t have that fancy spice that is key? Stocking up on seasoning, condiments, canned and bottled goods, nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes can mean turning leftovers into a whole new dish or trying something new with ingredients you regularly use. Find some top pantry staples here.
One of the simplest ways you can reduce your carbon footprint in the kitchen is to store food in a better way. Instead of using single-use plastic like cling film and sandwich bags, use aluminum foil, invest in reusable metal or glass containers, use silicone lids and try making your own beeswax food wraps.
Using the right appliances can also help preserve food for longer. Neff’s FreshSafe technology helps food last 3 times longer. It has three storage compartments. The first two drawers are the ‘Preservation Drawers’. They are designed to keep salad items, leafy herbs, and fruit at their peak for longer. It can also extend the life of your veggies. With adjustable humidity levels vitamins and nutrients remain considerably longer.
The third drawer is perfect for fish, meat, and dairy products. Instead of cooling to 5oC like conventional fridges, it cools to 0oC making it far more efficient at keeping food fresh. There are two climate zones so all your food can be stored at the best temperatures.
How we can help
Talk to us today about your kitchen. We can design a bespoke, high-quality kitchen that is perfect for your lifestyle. We can advise on the best appliances for your budget and give you clever storage ideas, so your space works better for you.
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