Monday, June 24, 2013
Small Kitchen Design Ideas
Small kitchen design ideas should be ways you come up with to save as much space as possible while having everything you need in the kitchen. As stated before, a small island in your small kitchen design can help save space when it comes to storage for your pots and pans or utensils. If you are not financially able to work an island into your small kitchen design idea, you can use a mobile butcher block cart. This is a good idea for food prepping or to just use as a buffet.
The cart is very resourceful, and can be stored easily by sliding right in next to your sink. A small kitchen hutch is also a good idea since it has pullout parts like storage drawers and cutting boards. A small hutch also has glass doors on its upper portion where a few plates and fine china may be stored. An open plate rack can be built in or placed against the wall as an addition.
Kitchen tables can be placed in a small kitchen. If there is an island in the kitchen, you are already saving space. However, if you want a place in the kitchen to be able to sit down for meals you can nestle a table against the island. This will leave more floor space around the work space and the table altogether. Additionally, you can conform your island into a peninsula by adding it to the end of your sink counter space.
This will open up the middle of the floor for you as well as provide unrestricted access to the sink, stove and dishwasher. In order to preserve kitchen space and have a more spacious look, built in cabinets are another kitchen design idea. Wall cabinets are in a location that is easily accessible, yet they are not in the way or taking up any excess space. If you have cabinets that have space above them, small baskets can be used to hold some of the loose items that lay around taking up counter space.
Lighting can play a big role in the way your kitchen space can appear in size. A small kitchen does not need fluorescent lights as they can depress a small kitchen. Any lighting that can be put up under wall cupboards will not make the room appear too bright or too small. Lighting should blend in with your colors and overall décor to give the room a good contrast.
The appliances should be next to each other when you are designing the kitchen. This increases their efficiency and prevents you from having to walk across the entire room to get from one appliance to the other. If you do not require a large refrigerator, you can purchase a smaller, deeper one to save more floor space. There are software design tools that can help you come up with design ideas for your small kitchen and appliances. You can also get great ides from home improvement stores.
Affordable Kitchen Design Ideas
There are strong indications that, although there's a tentative 'green shoot of recovery' in the economy, the housing market is still erring on the cautious side. This means that, rather than moving to a new property, many householders are choosing to invest more in their current home. This includes redesigning the heart of the home - the kitchen.
The kitchen is one of the key areas that any householder looks for when they're choosing their dream home - and if the kitchen isn't 'right' then it can make a house feel like less of a home. Interior design magazines are filled with gorgeous kitchens with fabulous styling details... that can cost a fortune. This can leave you with some grand ideas, and a budget that sadly doesn't match up to your expectations.
However, it is possible to take a different approach to what can be an expensive problem, simply by changing the way you look at the situation. While instinct may point towards gutting and starting again from scratch, why not work with what you already have?
Replace, reuse, recycle...
Unless your kitchen is in dire need of a complete work over, then refurbishment rather than replacement offers an affordable kitchen design solution. In fact, it fits in rather well with the entire principle of 'working with what you've got' that has become the mantra of many interior designers during this period of economic austerity. It's actually more fashionable to refurbish, and is also a more environmentally friendly way of tackling the problem too. Because you're keeping the basic framework of your kitchen it means that less waste is heading off to landfill sites, so a refurbishment kitchen design also adheres to the replace, reuse, and recycle principle of the green movement.
But that doesn't mean your refurbishment design has to be less glamorous than a complete replacement. Using a little bit of imagination and the skills of a specialized team, a refurbishment can actually produce a real 'Cinderella' effect by transforming a drab, ordinary kitchen into something that's original, desirable and utterly chic - and all for a fraction of the cost of a replacement kitchen.