Most people who have a small kitchen completely give up the thought of decorating it and giving it a personal touch. Because what is the kitchen if not an unimportant room where you cook? Actually, the kitchen should not be neglected. There are plenty of ways in which you can make the most out of the available space and turn the kitchen from that place you have to be in to the place you have to cook in to the place you love to be in! From accent flower vases and paintings to small ribbons and creative plate arrangements, here are some creative ideas that will give your small kitchen a makeover!
One of the biggest challenges that homeowners have to face is finding room for decorations when the cooker, fridge, dishwasher and sink take up all the space. The key lies in finding a balance between utility and fad. Having a 35 inches deep fridge sounds like a good idea, but do you really need it? More and more kitchen appliance manufacturers now sell compact designs, knowing that homeowners struggle with the lack of space. Keep in mind your kitchen measurements and try not to stray from the figures established, even if larger appliances are on sale.
When you do not have a lot of space to work with, buying big and flamboyant decorations is not only unpractical, but also cringeworthy. Instead, you should work on small, subtle decorations that don’t turn into the centre of attention, but rather tie all the items in the kitchen together. Transparent decorations will help you create the illusion of space and you should not forget about plants either. Storage baskets, especially the ones that have a rustic look to them, can also help you achieve an intimate and homely feel. If you are a fan of vintage and elegant designs, you can sew small ribbons on table heats or on the edges of the tablecloth.
Smart lighting is your best ally when dealing with small spaces. The smallest look can appear bigger if you know what kind of lighting to choose and where to place it. Of course, natural lighting is the best and having a wide window on one of the walls will create the illusion of open space, but if you don’t have one, you can always use artificial lighting. For instance, you can install monorail lighting on the ceiling – this helps you save space and the metal track can add a modern, minimal look. If you have white furniture and walls, you can lower the voltage of the bulbs, because white reflects light. However, if you chose black or darker colours for the kitchen, you will have to buy bulbs with a bigger voltage. In general, it’s best if you invest in bulbs that mimic white natural light, not the yellow ones that can put a strain on the eyes.