In India, the average size of a home kitchen is 80 square feet, which is more than half the size of the average American kitchen that measures up at around 174 square feet. As a place where food is stored, prepared, and eaten, a smaller kitchen can often feel overcrowded. Therefore, decorating a kitchen to allow for light and space while maximizing storage potential is essential.
Here are some of the ways that a small kitchen can be modified to allow for optimal space.
Minimalism is key when it comes to making a small kitchen appear larger than it actually is. Some people opt for the clinical use of white cabinets to open up a space. Others take to decorating the walls, as opting for a neutral-toned color palette has proven to give the illusion of a more open room, whereas darker colors can draw the walls closer together. However, on occasion, a splash of color can go a long way too. With accents of bright, earthy colors like yellows, oranges, or greens, a pop of color can bring the natural outdoor elements indoors, opening your room up beyond its interior.
Just because you opt for a minimalistic theme, doesn’t mean that everything must be plain and/or nondescript. In fact, the clever use of sophisticated geometric patterns can trick the eyes into believing the room is longer or taller, subsequently distracting attention away from the edges of the room. This type of pattern should only be done in small amounts, though, or else it risks overpowering the room. The perfect way to weave this into your kitchen design is via a tiled backsplash.
If you choose to build a geometric pattern consisting of tiles, it’s essential you have a few crucial tools to hand. Firstly, you’ll be wanting to invest in a strong glue like Loctite adhesive as this substance is compatible with many materials and notorious for its sturdy and reliable qualities in the long term. Secondly, you’ll want to look into purchasing a spirit level, to ensure that everything is aligned and straight, or else you’ll potentially have asymmetrical designs that will throw off the balance of the space.
Ideally, the tiles should be stuck above your oven top area as this will, while visually benefiting your small kitchen, help with the practicalities of messy cooking, as tiles are easy to clean. Plus, since the oven is the heart of the kitchen where all meals are cooked, your attention will be focused on the geometric pattern glued to the wall.
Alternatively, if you didn’t want to feature the geometric design as a backsplash, you could paint a geometric design on a feature wall.
With minimal storage space, making the most of what you have is essential. Choosing open shelving can make your kitchen look bigger as it allows the eyes to see more of the room than if a closed cupboard were in the way. Though, if you’re cramming countless items of food onto your open shelves then this illusion becomes fragmented, as each item will get in the way and make the room look more cluttered. This is why minimalism is key here.
If open shelving isn’t for you, then there are many clever ways you can organize your cupboards to make the most of the space you do have. One simple trick is to create sub-shelves so that you have more room where your items can sit. This will avoid things falling out of the cupboard upon opening the door.
While at first, a small kitchen may not be ideal, if you opt for the right kitchen installation, decorate with light in mind, and maximize your storage potential, then your small kitchen fears might just be eradicated.