Living in a nice apartment comes with its plus points, such as the potential for some great views, a super cool living space, everything close by and lower monthly bill payments.
But this can also mean a reduction on the amount of space you have to play with.
If it’s not all open plan, one of the areas which tends to end up rather short on room can be the kitchen. However, you’ll be pleased to know that there are loads of ways to give the impression of space, even when there’s not too much of it to go around.
When apartment space is at a premium, it’s a good idea to make the most of small kitchen design in the initial stages of building and decorating. Here are a few ways in which it’s done.
Space saving is key
The first rule is less is more.
Do you need all of the appliances you’ve got? Do you use them regularly? Do they have to be out on display and is there an appliance you could get which has more than one function – for example, a microwave that grills?
By choosing your kitchen range wisely and making more space on your worktop areas, you will give yourself extra room. Also, make the most of your storage and keep as much put away as you can.
The same applies with the amount of furniture and large appliances that you have in the area – for example, do you need a washing machine and tumble dryer? Do you need a large oven, fridge and microwave – and can these be downsized?
By cutting down on the size of your appliances, again they will fit better into a smaller space and make it look less cramped.
Have your fixtures, fittings and worktops give the illusion of space
A few ways in which you can do this might include the following:
- Pendant lighting to make the ceiling appear higher.
- Bright lighting to make the area appear larger.
- Open shelving – again to give the impression of more space.
- Lots of glass – whether it’s your worktops, decorations or lightshades – being able to see through things gives added space.
- Blend two areas into one – whether it’s open plan living by knocking down an interior wall, or just carrying the same colour scheme from one room to another.
Choose your colour schemes and materials wisely
The rule of keeping colour schemes light and neutral doesn’t only apply to when you’re selling your home and want it to look clean and fresh. It’s also a handy way to make the space seem larger, while dark colour schemes can feel quite oppressive.
So, go for cream, stone, ivory and other pale colours in the paint on the walls. You can always stylishly contrast this with a rich wood or glossy, brightly coloured finish to your worktops and cupboard doors.
If you would like an award winning, top of the range, premium kitchen fitted in your apartment and want the benefit of some handy design tips, our experienced designers can help. Get in touch with the team at Dewhirst Kitchens to book a consultation today.