10 small kitchen design rules that I always use – to maximize the built-in space

Three small kitchens designed by Courtney Bishop

When you’re designing a room with a small footprint, it’s worth working on a tried and tested formula.

This is especially important if you are looking for small kitchen ideas. Perhaps the most vital place to get a good time first is the kitchen: expensive to furnish and poorly designed design can really be a bargain.

My small kitchen design rules will help you to get your own space.

1. Choose Integrated Devices

Wooden kitchen designed by Courtney Bishop

Wooden kitchen designed by Courtney Bishop

Front-facing hardware that can seamlessly match your cabinet details is a must. Integrated appliances are essential because they add smooth, clean lines, resulting in cleaner spaces. Be sure to order it from your hardware dealer!

2. Max out the space under the counter

Choose counter depth devices. The extra inches they save make all the difference in creating a streamlined, space-saving kitchen design.

3. Ensure natural daylight

Green kitchen with gray marble countertops

Green kitchen with gray marble countertops

In a small kitchen, a window is preferred to let in natural light. If a window isn’t possible, consider getting rid of the upper cabinets on one side to create a more open, spacious feel.

4. Increase the attractiveness of kitchen lighting

Make sure there is adequate lighting in your kitchen and consider using decorative ceiling fixtures rather than just recessed canisters. Not only will this provide warmth, but it will also add character, character and charm to your small kitchen, enhancing its overall appeal.

5. Open up the space with display shelves

Kitchen with cooker hood, over island lighting and rug running centre

Kitchen with cooker hood, over island lighting and rug running centre

Consider incorporating open shelving in place of upper cabinets to create a more inviting and personal space. This allows for a liveable atmosphere, blending your kitchen with the character of the rest of your home.

6. Include curves to enhance the space

If you’re incorporating dining into your kitchen, choose a round table rather than a linear one. This allows more space and adds visual interest. Additionally, consider dining chairs with rounded backs.

7. Link your color scheme

White kitchen designed by Courtney Bishop

White kitchen designed by Courtney Bishop

Create a sense of cohesion and inclusion by linking the color scheme of other areas of your home to your kitchen. This will create a harmonious flow and ensure that the kitchen is not overly utilitarian but an integral part of your home.

8. Use fewer materials

To create a sense of spaciousness, keep consistency in the materiality of your kitchen design. Extend the stone material to your countertops up to 18″. Using fewer materials will give the illusion of more space while also enhancing the serene atmosphere.

9. Choose complementary colors

Kitchen with gray marble kitchen island

Kitchen with gray marble kitchen island

When choosing paint colors for your kitchen, avoid high-contrast combinations and instead opt for accent colors that blend harmoniously. Also, keep your trim color the same as the cabinet color. This will contribute to making the kitchen look larger and more open.

10. Focus on scale

Add a captivating focal point to your kitchen by incorporating a range of vibrant and fun colours. Keep the cabinetry a solid color, allowing the range to liven up the space, rather than relying solely on standard stainless-steel hardware. This will attract attention and create visual interest.

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