The kitchen is a place to cook, eat, laugh, and enjoy one another's company, and because it's such an integral part of the home, it should be decorated to inspire good food, memories and enjoyment. While a small kitchen means less room for décor, that doesn't mean it can't be beautifully styled. Tiny kitchens can readily stand up against their larger counterparts in a cook off to produce big meals and hearty flavors, and that's no different when it comes to kitchen design. Whether you're embarking on DIY projects, playing with paint colors or shopping for accessories, you'll find that there are many ideas on how to decorate your small kitchen without compromising precious space. Get ready to express your personal style and bring your kitchen to life with colors, fixtures and décor. Below, you'll find several small kitchen design tricks and tips to inspire your inner interior designer and create a space you'll love. Make your kitchen even more uniquely yours with personalized home decor like serving trays, glassware and pillows.
With no walls to obstruct light or views, open-plan spaces usually have a great sense of flow. But large rooms demand just as much care in the planning as small spaces. The working part of the kitchen in particular needs to function ergonomically. Where possible, adhere to the classic work triangle between sink, fridge and hob to cut down on footwork, using an island to help shorten these distances where necessary. White hi-gloss units work perfectly in this modern open-plan, monochrome scheme. When it comes to style, built-in stainless-steel appliances have a professional look, while fully integrated models are concealed behind matching cabinet doors for a streamlined effect. Consider noise levels and looks when choosing appliances, and look for appliances with decibel levels under 39dB. Keep worktops clear and hide clutter away with clever storage solutions.
How to plan a kitchen layout. In most cases, the size and shape of your room will determine the most suitable design, and it's always helpful to consider the classic ‘working triangle'. This concept is designed to minimise effort and walking distance between the sink, fridge and cooker by placing them on three points of a triangle. This approach works with most kitchen layouts, although, if you have to run all the appliances and the sink along one wall, you may need to ‘flatten' the triangle. To do this, position the three points in a line with just a few steps to walk in between. However, nothing is set in stone. ‘If the triangle works in your kitchen that's great, but don't feel you have to be a slave to it,' says kitchen designer Mark Wilkinson. ‘If you have to walk a few extra steps, it will be worth it if it means you're able to include an extra element you really like that wouldn't otherwise fit into the design.
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