You don’t need to stretch your imagination to stretch kitchen space

Despite popular opinion, small kitchens are fantastic! They’re efficient, easy to work in, simple to update and they deserve big ideas to maximise their space and functionality. So, what are the 3 top ways to optimise a small kitchen space?

1. Open Plan Layout
Open floor plans are one of the most requested amenities by homebuyers today. If a house doesn’t have an open floor plan, people are tearing down walls to make them happen! And, we understand why! When you have a small kitchen in particular, an open floor plan is the best way to maximise the physical and optical size of a space.

If you’re not sure how you would bring together your open concept living and kitchen spaces, consider using a single flooring or wall colour throughout. Or, bridge the gap with a casual dining area (that can be used for mid-week family dinners, and chic Saturday night dinner parties). Another alternative is to link the spaces with a half wall with built-in shelving.

Tearing down walls to maximise the space between the living room, kitchen and dining area. (c) Cristina Mejia

Tearing down walls to maximise the space between the living room, kitchen and dining area. (c) Cristina Mejia

2. Daylight Flooding
Cooped up in offices all day long, many of our days are spent virtually sunshine-free and that’s not good. When enjoyed with sunblock, sunshine boasts a wealth of positive health benefits. One way to remedy the lack of sunshine in our modern lives is to flood our small kitchens with daylight. Not only is enjoying sunlight when we get home good for us, but it also gives a small kitchen a lighter and larger feeling.

There are several ways to optimise a small kitchen space with daylight flooding. The simplest method is removing window treatments for an unobstructed flood of natural light. Another option is to update your kitchen with a wall of floor to ceiling windows. To take daylight flooding to its most luxurious, consider remodelling the space with a glazed roof!

Flood your living space with natural daylight with a wall of floor to ceiling window. (c) Cristina Mejia

Flood your living space with natural daylight with a wall of floor to ceiling window. (c) Cristina Mejia

3. Outdoors Access
Birds chirping, the sound of leaves fluttering in the wind and the pitter-patter of a rainy day. The benefits of a life spent outdoors are numerous. So, why not optimise a small kitchen space by bringing the outdoors in? As with an open concept kitchen plan, many homeowners want a kitchen with direct access to gardens and patios. It’s a great way to extend the footprint of a small kitchen.

To clear the path for indoor/outdoor living, unify a small kitchen and a backyard with French doors (for a timeless, old world feel), sliding glass doors (easy access for the kids), or a wall of floor to ceiling windows (that can be opened for fresh air).

There’s no question about it, small kitchens stretched to their limit are a practical way to improve your daily lifestyle!

The fantastic combination of extensive use of daylight and nature in the form of flowers make a great pair. (c) Bulthaup

The fantastic combination of extensive use of daylight and nature in the form of flowers make a great pair. (c) NakedKitchens