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Tips for Designing Small Kitchens

Specially written for coquo.ca by Rozene Jersey

The kitchen is one of the most important places in your home. This is why everyone is keen on investing and improving this space, which makes sense as it’s easily one of the most used areas of the home as well. Now, we understand that not everyone has the resources for these types of renovations.

This is especially true if your home makes use of a small kitchen or if you have limited space to work with. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t improve upon your space. There’s always something you can do to your kitchen to make it a little better. Making use of our modular kitchen furniture is a great way to redesign your kitchen without breaking the bank. There are more ways you can go about doing redesigning your kitchen. To help you out, we’ve put together some tips that’ll help you design small kitchen spaces.

Minimalism Can Go a Long Way

Minimalist design has been on the rise in recent years, in large part thanks to the popularity of Marie Kondo. And while it’s been slightly overused, it can be a rather useful guide especially if you’re working with limited space. The first thing you have to remember when designing your kitchen around this is that form has to follow function. Reexamine your kitchen and see if everything in it serves a purpose. From there, you can start trimming it down to what you deemed essential to space. While having beautiful decor is great, sometimes you really just have to stick to the essentials. Of course, this doesn’t mean that your kitchen has to be bland. If anything you can take this as an added challenge, a restriction to work around that can end up contributing to the look of your kitchen as a whole.

Radix cabinets in white oak. Photo credit: Kayla Rocca Photography.

Use Tools and Appliances for Design

Taking a minimalist approach isn’t always an option. Some of us may need more tools than others. Luckily, you can incorporate tools as part of your kitchen’s entire aesthetic. When selecting which pieces of equipment and tools will go into your kitchen, imagine what they will look like with your overall palette and how they will complement each other. This means being careful about choosing everything from the design of your fridge to your ladle. Even small items like rice cookers can drastically change the look of the room depending on their size and colour. Consider the current colour and look of your equipment and try to build a theme around it. Another route you can take is to alter the look of your equipment to match your desired look.

For this to work you’ll have to plan your entire kitchen’s design scheme before beginning any changes. If you find that you’re lacking in any fresh ideas, you can always check out other kitchens for some inspiration.

Install Modular Furniture

If you’re looking to overhaul the look of your kitchen, modular furniture is a great option. Modular furniture allows you to match the pieces with your chosen look or theme with ease. One good example of this is the Braccas kitchen island.

The Braccas kitchen island is the way to go if you’re looking to add a kitchen island to your space without having to go through the hassle of a costly and time-consuming installation. This is due to the fact that the Braccas kitchen island comes pre-assembled so all you have to do is position it in your kitchen. It’s also important to note that the Braccas kitchen island is made to last thanks to the amount of time and care that went to its design.

Braccas island in midnight black stained oak. Photo credit: Matthew Williams.

Make Use of the Walls

One of the biggest issues that come with having a small kitchen is the lack of space. Even if you strip your kitchen tools down to the bare minimum, you’ll somehow still not have enough space for everything in your kitchen. An easy way to get around this problem is to use space more efficiently. This may seem like a logistical nightmare but the solution is much simpler than you may think. Your kitchen walls are one of the most underutilized areas in your kitchen. Making use of this space properly can make your life infinitely easier. So how do you go about doing this? While you can have new cabinets and shelves installed, this isn’t the only way to go about this. A magnetic rack strip to hold metal kitchenware can be a great space-saving addition to your kitchen. A wall rack can also be used for bowls and non-metallic tools.