With real estate being especially short in the contemporary world our homes are becoming smaller and smaller. With such compromised spaces it can be difficult to arrange a blueprint that caters to the utmost aesthetics and functionality. Kitchen interiors are a fine combination of both these aspects, so when they are relegated the smallest space, it could be especially challenging to create good spaces that better the ambiance too. However, designers have come up with many solutions that let us have beautiful kitchens with the utmost pragmatism in a small space.
Below, we will look at some creative ways in which you could redefine your small kitchen.
- Creating transparency
One of the best and most streamlined ways to counter the effects of a small space is to open up a wall and create an element of transparency. This can open up the three dimensional constraints of the kitchen space and create a better visual impact. The idea is to create an illusory vacancy that will make the user believe they’re standing in a larger space while the actual dimensions of the kitchen remain the same.
- The parallel setting
One of the most efficient kitchen design layouts, this could be applied in spaces that are big enough to have a center aisle between the two countertops. A minimum of four feet aisle width is required if you’re going for this kind of a layout. However, if your space is smaller than the standardized requirements than refrain from giving over-counter cabinets on one side of the kitchen.
- The single aisle
This is also an efficient small kitchen design strategy. Although it may look extremely redundant in the plan, the actual impact of the space is quite pleasant. This kind of a layout is best suited for kitchens that have been relegated a long, narrow spatial layout. This layout will however limit the amount of over-cabinets you could have.
- The kitchen-come-dining
This kind of a kitchen incorporates an actual dining area or even a kitchen island in the middle of an otherwise open-style kitchen. This merging of functional spaces maximizes the pragmatic output of the overall design without the user having to compromise much on either ends.
- The L-shaped kitchen
L-shaped kitchens are for homes that have an uneven spatial layout – especially if there is a huge chunk cut out of the kitchen space. It can however be applied to a simple square or rectangular shaped kitchen that cannot fulfil the requirements of the parallel kitchen layout.
- The open-shelf system
The over-cabinets take a lot of visual capacity of any kitchen space. They are big and bulky, so their formation can take away the spaciousness of the small kitchen design. In some cases, you could switch out the closed over-counter cabinets with open shelving – simple and sweet with all the perks of traditional functionality.