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What You Need To Know About Small Kitchen Designs

When trying to make your small kitchen appear stylish but at the same time keep it fully functional, it will take some planning and the assistance of an expert team of builders.  Our team of Nelspruit builders do so much more than just building; we also have keen creative insights. We’ve renovated and built all kinds of kitchens, and in this blog, we’ll break down the small kitchen basics that you need to know!

It’s all about the décor

Whether you are painting your kitchen or tiling it, keep the colour white, off white or a light grey.  Lighter colours will always make a small spaces look larger.  If you have a breakfast nook in your kitchen, opt for transparent bar stools. By doing this, you will not block out space but instead enhance the limited space and at the same time create fresh, open look.  Have your décor (door handles, light shades) done in metallic, and a kettle, toaster, fridge etc. in chrome or bronze.  The metal look will certainly break the monotony of the lighter shade of the room.

Make your space work

Counter space is key and when you have limited space in your kitchen, you can get really creative with pull-out spaces.

One example of how to make the most of your space is by being flexible with the design and layout, For instance, if you are looking to have your garbage receptacle hiding inside a counter, you can make your life easier by having a pull out chopping board above it, with a hole in the board to allow you to push the cut offs into the receptacle below. This will make your kitchen work space more efficient.

An uncluttered kitchen is another way to make your kitchen appear bigger. Try to keep your limited counter space free of stuff.  Have your drawers well organised, with the top drawer sectioned off so that you have separate divisions for knives, forks etc.  This way it will be within easy reach and out of sight.

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Cabinet Space

Instead of cabinets all around you kitchen walls, having a small kitchen island with cabinet space in it will add extra workspace and storage, while it will also make your kitchen look trendy. Extending your cabinet to go above your fridge/stove is another way of adding extra cabinet space while keeping your kitchen neat.

Having a small kitchen does not mean you cannot have a dishwasher.  Modern, small dishwashers can be built into your kitchen cabinets.  Cabinet corner space is usually a wasted space, but it does not have to be that way.  Having a corner cabinet, with shelves that can swing out will add that extra space that would otherwise have been wasted space or caused you a backache when trying to reach into to get your stuff out.

Rethink your windows and floors

Instead of small windows in your kitchen, open up your kitchen with one large splash back window, stretching the entire length of your kitchen. Above the window you can then put in a row of shelving or cabinets.  This look will not only open up your space but it will give your kitchen a chic look.

When redoing a kitchen, often the floor is forgotten.  Instead of plain square tiles, play on smaller and larger tiles of the same colour or mix and match darker and lighter tiles.  Another idea is to get hexagon tiles, either the same colour or once again a mix and match of darker and lighter.  Another idea is to mix tiles with either wooden flooring or cement.

As the best building contractors in Nelspruit, we certainly know how to make your small kitchen work for you. Contact us today and let’s start reimagining your kitchen space!

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