The ideal kitchen – what it should be like in the house, every housewife knows. Big, of course, but at the same time cozy, filled with sunlight, modern technology and delicious aromas. And if instead of 12 sq. m, you only have seven, all hope for the magic word is design. This is where you can show your taste and ingenuity..
Drawing a design project
Before you start transforming your small kitchen into a model of style and beauty, you need to design everything on paper. The main question that you must decide is what exactly needs to be placed in modest meters. What kind of kitchen equipment you will need, do not forget about your favorite utensils. The dimensions of drawers, cabinets and shelves will depend on this. It is necessary to think in advance about the placement of the laying of the necessary communications.
Typical options for the arrangement of cabinets and shelves: linear, angular, U-shaped.
The most budgetary linear is a concise and simple solution. It frees up space as much as possible, although a small number of cabinets is a disadvantage of this option..
The most optimal design option for a small kitchen – corner arrangement. We combine the tabletop with the window sill. The free space of the window frame does not visually overload the tiny kitchen, it gives a lot of light. The advantage of this choice is that we create additional space under the window where you can build in full-fledged cupboards for utensils..
Project U-shaped kitchen assumes the placement of furniture on three walls. The disadvantage of this option will be the impossibility of arranging a dining area. Which layout option to choose depends entirely on the layout of your apartment and your preferences.
Small space design tricks
If wall cabinets are placed directly under the ceiling, you will even be surprised how much additional space will appear instead of a guaranteed dust collector. New special devices: pull-out baskets, carousel shelves, roof rails – will allow you to place the maximum amount of dishes and kitchen utensils in those places of the cabinet where there used to be dead zones.
The use of mirror panels as an apron visually increases the kitchen. Reflection doubles the amount of light entering your kitchen and makes it look big.
Color and style
A small kitchen space can be expanded by a light palette, pastel colors. The white kitchen will seem spacious. Variety in the design of the kitchen space can provide different styles. Classics in kitchen design are emphasized by a restrained natural wooden facade, parquet on the floor, as well as in the decor – windows.
Modern design makes it possible to visually expand the room. The minimalistic design is well suited for small spaces. Plastic furniture, glass parts, the use of metal are typical for this style..
The so-called rustic style will emphasize your personality. This is, for example, an aged wardrobe, bright textiles. Sometimes it is just necessary to add a color accent to a bright kitchen. To do this, you can use a tile for an apron in bright colors, edging on a headset, a print in textiles.
Choosing furniture: dining group
It is not always possible to allocate a place for eating in the kitchen with an area of 7 sq. M. To organize a dining group, you can use one of the ideas. For example, if a large dining table is large, it can be replaced with a bar counter. You will get a cozy corner.
An ingenious solution – multifunctional pieces of furniture. So, a dining table, which can also be used for cooking, can also store dishes and utensils for the kitchen in it. Folding table or pull-out table that can be folded or hidden when not in use. There is always a place in the corner of even a small kitchen. There will be a good corner sofa or just a bench with niches under the seats. There will be seating and storage areas that will be more compact than conventional chairs.
Hiding the refrigerator
A refrigerator width of 70 cm is one of the most bulky items in a 7-meter kitchen. Of course it is not "Khrushchev’s" 6 square meters, this is more than a meter. Let’s take advantage of this by allocating a convenient place for the refrigerator, because in "Khrushchev" often the refrigerator was placed in the corridor. There are several ways to fit a refrigerator into a small kitchen..
For example, in custom-made kitchen units, you can provide a niche that fits the size, built into the closet and hidden behind hinged doors. The main rule is that the refrigerator is located at a distance from the oven and hob. It’s a very interesting idea to purchase a fridge and freezer separately. In this case, due to the relatively low height, it is possible to place them in cupboards under the countertop of the work surface. You can place the refrigerator in a niche that is in the wall, if this is the layout of your kitchen..
Disadvantages can be found in any room. The design allows you to profitably beat them and turn them into an indisputable advantage, making your kitchen a space in which you would like to be for a long time.