Although a typical kitchen design is big on functionality, more often than not, it ends up being small in size due to Singapore’s major real estate constraints. So, how to get that dream kitchen aura while still perfectly utilizing that small space? It’s a fine line to walk on, to be honest – extremely challenging as well, but here are 5 ways you can do it. Let’s take a look:
1. Striking the balance between open/closed storage
First of all, you have to strike that perfect balance between your open and closed storage. Many home owners typically go for totally closed off cabinetry, but it’s essential to have a small amount of open storage as well – especially for visual purposes. Just make sure that it doesn’t take up a lot of space and is properly utilized by either décor or everyday items that do not need refrigeration.
2. Ensuring the utmost transparency
One of the set-backs of working with small spaces for kitchens is that you can never completely close them up. Therefore, whether you like it or not, there has to be some amount of transparency in your final layout. Now, you can achieve that by going for a totally open floor plan from the scratch. Or you can opt for transparent glass walls and doors to get the same effect.
3. Maximize the sleekness
Small spaces tend to get claustrophobic and extremely constrained when you furnish them with too much texture. This is why you have to be very careful about using plain laminates on your cabinetry. It doesn’t matter if they are matt or glossy – as long as they provide a simple visual appeal, you’re good to go. Same goes for the floor and walls of your small kitchen.
4. All about countertops and backsplash
Countertops and backsplashes need to be carefully curated for small kitchens. This is because – once again – too much patterning and visual dissonance can make the space feel smaller than it already is. Therefore, avoid any small detailing for the backsplashes – keep them simple. Same the case with countertops – glossy and simple is the best way to go.
5. Beware the aisle space
The aisle space is the most important part of any kitchen, but it’s even more so in a smaller one. This is basically the circulation area, and you have to be especially careful about leaving an ample amount of it – a least 4 feet – for you to comfortably more around the space.