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How to Make the Most Out of a Smaller Kitchen

Just because your kitchen isn’t blessed with an abundance of space, doesn’t mean you need to compromise on style and functionality. Indeed, whatever idiosyncrasies or awkward dimensions your kitchen offers, there’s always a solution to make the very best of a modest layout.

Let’s take a look at some of the measures you can take to ensure you’re maximising your kitchen when space is at a premium.

Go freestanding…

Freestanding furniture is a surefire method of getting the most out of your smaller kitchen …and it's generally cheaper, too. No matter the size and design of your kitchen, our team of expert cabinet makers can build freestanding units to fit your space. 

What’s more, if things are feeling a little cramped, or the floorplan isn’t being used to its full potential, the flexibility of freestanding furniture means you can always reconfigure your layout to suit your needs.

Perhaps you’ve found that your kitchen just isn’t big enough for a dedicated pantry—you can always invest in a freestanding pantry unit and to move it to a more practical location!

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Utilise that space with compact design!

The modern kitchen is much more than just a centre for cooking and carrying out household chores. They are now the all-purpose epicentre of a household—used for dining, socialising, working and relaxing. 

With space in these versatile rooms becoming a premium asset, we’ve seen an upturn in the popularity of compact design—especially in smaller or broken plan kitchens. Design briefs will aim for that perfect harmony of minimal clutter, smart storage, and maximum efficiency of space. Tall wall units, for example, are a great solution for narrow, galley-style kitchens—creating extra room and will save on floor space.

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Smart storage

Storage is a key factor when choosing the right kitchen cabinets for a smaller kitchen. With limited space, and plenty of aesthetic benefits to be found in decluttering your worktops, smart storage becomes a hugely valuable commodity.

Hugo & Blake can custom-make your cabinets and kitchen islands to include a wide variety of storage features; from deep kitchen drawers, to integrated pantries and spice racks. All designed to help encourage better organisation and maximise your precious space.

Smart storage drawers

Choose your colours wisely…

In a smaller kitchen, white and neutral paint colours are an excellent choice. White paint has the handy superpower of being able to reflect light and increase the sense of space. You can use it on your walls, countertops, cabinetry, and ceiling, all the while creating a coherent colour scheme to blur the boundaries of your kitchen.

If you’re worried about your kitchen looking too washed out—you can always add blocks of bright colour or different shades of white, or add different textures with fabrics where suitable. 

You can also use different tones to accentuate crown moulding and recessed-panel cabinets—adding a much needed colour dimension to your room. It’s always a good idea to create contrast and feature points in your kitchen.

Natural light from a kitchen window

Use your natural light

Utilising any windows, skylights or French doors that your kitchen may have is a great way of creating the illusion of additional space. In the daytime, saturate your kitchen with as much natural sunlight as possible.

Itp pays to design your kitchen around these light sources; a task made much easier with flexible freestanding furniture.

How can we help?

If you’d like any advice on the best kind of freestanding kitchen cabinets to use for a smaller space, or would like any guidance on smart storage units or colour choices for your kitchen, then please do get in touch. Our friendly team will be happy to help with their expertise.

Posted on January 24th 2022

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