Give your small kitchen a functional facelift

The kitchen is the hearth of the home, no matter how small it is. You spend the majority of your time there cooking meals for friends and family, and creating unique dishes to try out for dinner parties. But a small kitchen can be difficult to work in if it is not designed to be functional or if it is cluttered. 

To add some pizazz to your kitchen, you could look for quirky kitchen wall clocks in South Africa or hang some food-themed wall art up for visual interest. If you are interested in learning how to make the most of your small kitchen, read on below for some top tips on how to give it a functional facelift.

Add logic to your layout

One of the best ways to make the most of your small kitchen is to create a logical layout. A well-organised layout can help to make the space feel larger and easier to work in as well as make it look more streamlined and pleasing to the eye.

Think of what actions you perform the most in your kitchen and lay it out accordingly. For example, you could designate a section of counter space next to your stove for chopping, and other meal preparation or you could set up your kettle and coffee machine closer to the sink for easy access to water when making coffee. A logical layout is important when  creating a small kitchen that is easy to use without looking cluttered.

Open it up

Small kitchens can feel claustrophobic if there are too many cabinets on the walls in hard-to-reach places. Many home chefs cannot reach these high-up cabinets and so they become useless and simply add to the clutter of the room.

You can remedy this problem by removing the doors of these cabinets and repainting the remainders in the same colour as your kitchen walls. This will make the space feel more spacious and will create an elegant, modern look. You can complement these shelves by looking for exciting kitchen wall clocks in South Africa or displaying your favourite crockery, pots and pans to create functional art.

Lighten up your walls

There is one aspect that can make any room seem small, dark and cluttered and that is the walls. If you want your small kitchen to feel spacious and for it to be easy to work in, you should paint the walls a light and bright colour. And this does not have to be white or even cream.

You can choose to have pastel blue walls and white countertops for a vintage feel or you could paint your walls a pale dove grey and install dark granite countertops to balance it. Avoid too-dark colours as these can make a space feel intimidating. If you have floating shelves, remember to paint them in the same colour as your walls to maintain the synchronicity. You could also add lights under these shelves for extra brightness and a touch of quirk.

Fabulous flooring

Often in a small room, our eyes are drawn to the floor, and this is also true of a small kitchen. You can invest in some new flooring or you could alter the flooring you already have if you are not able to install anything new.

One of the most cost-effective flooring options is linoleum and can be extremely striking in a small space when used in a chequerboard black-and-white pattern. Or you could opt for a dark grey to counter the light colours used on your wall. Tiling is also effective and affordable, and comes in a diverse variety of options. You could look for tiles that imitate marble or wood for a unique visual effect or choose a plain colour to make your kitchen appear more spacious.

Think outside the kitchen

If you have extra wall space in the area just outside your kitchen, you can use this as extra storage for accessories and equipment. Make it feel like it is part of the kitchen by looking for kitchen wall clocks in South Africa to hang on it. This will make your small kitchen feel infinitely larger.

You could install an extra set of cabinets on this spare wall to keep your crockery and cutlery or opt for simple shelving to bring in more storage. By using this extra space you are freeing up more room in your kitchen to move around while cooking and cleaning up. Be sure that the space you use flows smoothly into the kitchen to create a seamless area, otherwise, the extra shelving or cabinets will look out-of-place.

The heart of the home

A small kitchen does not mean that you have to compromise on the decor or the functionality of the room. You can create a space that is both beautiful and easy to use by following a few simple tricks.

Create a logical layout that makes cooking a breeze and open up your cabinetry and shelving for a light and airy space. Be sure to choose flooring that complements your decor and choose a light colour scheme to make the space feel bigger.