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Small kitchen ideas: 15 ways to make the most of your space

On the hunt for small kitchen ideas? Get inspired by these tiny, but beautiful and truly functional spaces...



If you're looking for small kitchen ideas to help bring one of the most important rooms in the house to life, we are here to help. We love a good scroll through Instagram and Pinterest, – tending to drool over light-filled, spacious, open-plan cooking spaces and such – so it's only natural that we want to help you turn your tiny kitchen dream (however small it may be), into a reality. It's Kavanagh Kitchens Auckland to the rescue once again and we have some very savvy ideas for small kitchens that will work wonders on your home.

Whether you're looking for practical small space storage solutions, want to perfect a small fitted kitchen's layout, or just need inspiration on the best colours to paint your small kitchen, we've listed our favourite ideas that will make the most of all small kitchens below. 


For even more kitchen ideas to get you inspired, you can visit our hub.


1. BE SAVVY WITH STORAGE IN A SMALL KITCHEN 



As with all small rooms, good storage that works hard is key, the last thing you want in a tiny kitchen is clutter. Opt for a mix of open and closed storage – open shelving and glass cabinets double up as decoration and storage if you fill them with jars, crockery and your best kitchenware. Use the cupboards for the less aesthetically pleasing stuff and invest in under bin units and oil pull units to make even more of your space. 


2. USE BOLD COLOURS TO ENHANCE A SMALL KITCHEN


We know that we always say that in small spaces you should keep everything white and bright and light, but sometimes contrasting colours can have a similar space-enhancing effect. So if you are feeling bold, choose a vivid colour for your kitchen cabinets. You don't have to fork out a lot to achieve this look either, you can try painting your kitchen cabinets; if it doesn't go well, just paint over them!


Make sure you pick the best kitchen company to paint it though, you will find loads of options in Resene Paint stores near you.


3. CREATE MORE SURFACE SPACE IN A SMALL KITCHEN 


Think you didn't have room for a island in your small kitchen? Think again. Sure you might not be able to add a massive island, but if you love that flexible, freestanding look that an island brings to a space, you can always create a similar effect with a butcher's block. They are much more compact than an island but can still give you extra surface space and extra storage. 


4. USE STATEMENT LIGHTING TO CREATE A FOCAL POINT



There are so many ideas for small kitchens that don't require an entire revamp. Create a focal point with clever kitchen lighting as pendant lighting can be an effective way of detracting from a kitchen's diminutive size while adding a stylish and sophisticated feel to a space. This task lighting is not only practical for when you're chopping veggies and the likes, but also perfect to make a statement.


If you don't have the room to hang a large pendant light or if it's not the most practical option, think about using wall lights to create some interest instead. Choose lights in a colour to contrast with your walls so they stand out. Pinch this small kitchen idea and create a cohesive look by matching them to your cabinets or go bold and use your kitchen lighting to add a splash of colour. 


5. OPEN SHELVING IS A GREAT IDEA FOR A SMALL KITCHEN



While floor to ceiling kitchen cabinets are a great option for maximising storage, in excess they can make small kitchens feel boxy. Breaking up a space with open shelving is a great solution and can make an eye catching design feature if styled with pretty crockery and glassware. Find more sneaky small kitchen storage ideas


6. CHOOSE SLIMLINE APPLIANCES TO SAVE ON SPACE


When it comes to choosing appliances for a small or even tiny kitchen, opting for slimline versions is a great solution to tight spaces. Not only will you save on space but it will probably better suit your needs and decrease your energy use too. 

Our pick of the best slimline dishwashers that will save you valuable space, and you might want to think about an under-counter fridge too, so go and have a look at those. 


7. CHOOSE BRIGHT AND MODERN WINDOW TREATMENTS 



What a perfect way to add some energy into a small kitchen space. You won't be using up any countertop space with your window treatment so you can go to town on choosing a gorgeously bright colour when shopping around. This bright red blind adds a real pop of colour, livening up an otherwise monochrome space.


Check out these colourful kitchens ideas for more inspiration. 


8. PLAN YOUR SMALL KITCHEN LAYOUT WITH NATURAL LIGHT IN MIND



Prioritising natural light is a must when you're working with any type of small space as it can well and truly maximise and enhance the feel of a room. Boxy kitchen cabinets positioned around the window are sure to restrict light within the space, so opting for open shelving is an option worth considering. Inserting a sink below a window is a go-to option, with a lovely view taking the pain out of washing up (if only slightly).


9. GO FOR FITTED UNITS IN AN AWKWARDLY SHAPED KITCHEN 



Finding the perfect small kitchen layout can be tricky, especially if the room is an unusual shape. However, fitting cabinetry, rather than going for freestanding units, will help you make the most of the room you do have. Here, kitchen cabinets have been selected to work with this tricky sloped ceiling. What would otherwise be dead space is utilized with the addition of a utensil rack.


For more kitchen cabinet ideas check out our gallery. 


10. DRAW ATTENTION TO FEATURES YOU LOVE  


This small, but perfectly formed,Shaker-style kitchen is a great example of how having a small kitchen doesn't have to mean compromising on the features you love. Designed to house a full size Range Cooker, the space lost is made up with built in appliances and floor to ceiling cabinets for a high quality, considered small kitchen space.


11. SAVE SPACE WITH A STYLISH BREAKFAST BAR



Don't have space for a kitchen table and chairs? Consider opting for an integrated breakfast bar and stools, instead of freestanding pieces. Adaptable spaces, they're equally suited for food preparation as they are for entertaining guests. 


12. ADD INTEREST TO A SMALL KITCHEN WITH FLOOR TILES


Adding bold patterns and colours into a small kitchen can be tricky and overwhelm the space. So instead of spending ages trying to choose a wallpaper that works or a paint colour that isn't too much, look to the floor for adding pattern and colour instead. 


13. OR... ADD INTEREST TO A SMALLER KITCHEN WITH A PATTERNED SPLASHBACK


If you think tiling the whole floor might be too much, try tiling a splashback instead. The element of drama adds depth to even the smallest of kitchen counters, choose your pattern wisely!


14. OR... INSTALL A MIRRORED SPLASHBACK TO DOUBLE YOUR SPACE



A mirrored splashback is a fine idea for a small kitchen as the reflection will instantly give the illusion of a brighter and more spacious room. Use antiqued glass for an easy-maintenance option in a period-style kitchen, or go for clear mirrored panels in a contemporary kitchen.


15. ADD DEPTH WITH DARK CABINETS



Think darker colours can't work in a small kitchen? Think again. Yes, yes we know that (much like everyone else giving advice on interiors) we've previously stated that small spaces = light colours.

And there is definitely truth to the fact that light colours are perfect if you want to create a light, airy space. But if you want that dark, cozy, cocoon like vibe that's always very on trend, you can still achieve it in a small space.


To get a free quote on your next new kitchen design, contact Kavanagh Kitchens Auckland. The team are here to help your kitchen makeover come to life.


www.kavanaghkitchens.co.nz


info@kavanaghkitchens.com


022 546 9144




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