Small Kitchens, Big Possibilities - A&S Home Design
Small Kitchen
27 April


Welcome to our small kitchen design blog, where we understand that the kitchen is not just the heart of the home, but often the main living area as well. However, many homes in the UK have limited space for kitchens, leaving homeowners feeling frustrated by the lack of room to work with. But fear not, because small kitchens can be just as functional and stylish with the right design considerations.

At A&S Home Design, we specialise in designing kitchens for the space you have available. We know that the constraints of a petite kitchen require inventive solutions and creative ideas. In fact, we believe that smaller spaces can afford to be more daring and unique compared to larger kitchens with kitchen islands and oversized appliances. With smart design choices, you can make the most of your small kitchen without breaking the bank on cabinetry, leaving room for investments in lighting and appliances.

We understand the challenges of working with limited space and are committed to creating kitchen designs that are not only visually appealing but also fully functional. Our kitchen designers and installers are skilled in producing customised kitchens that overcome the confines of space limitations, ensuring that you can maximise the use and enjoyment of your kitchen.

Join us as we explore various small kitchen design ideas, tips, and trends to help you create a beautiful and functional dream kitchen in your space-constrained home.

Space Optimisation

Make the most of the space you have with careful space optimisation to maximise functionality. It’s not simply the cabinetry choice which can help optimise kitchen storage space but how it is organised inside too.

Tips include utilising vertical space with tall cabinets or shelves, using multi-functional furniture or appliances, creative organisation ideas, sorting and decluttering, organising utensils, pots, and pans, and designing a functional workflow for cooking and prep.

Research has shown that effective integration of suitable storage solutions can increase the usable space in a kitchen by up to 55%.

Why not create a list of everything you really need in your kitchen. Do you need a dining area for example? Or what about more worktop space? Don’t stress about it, that’s the value our experienced kitchen designers will help you with.

With smart design choices and creative organisation, you can maximise the functionality of your small kitchen and create a space that is both practical and stylish. Say goodbye to cluttered worktops and make the most of every inch of space in your compact kitchen.

Get further inspiration and ideas from our kitchen storage to maximise your space blog here.

Lighting for Smaller Kitchens

Lighting plays a crucial role in small kitchens as it can greatly affect the perception of space and functionality. Properly designed lighting can make a small kitchen feel brighter, bigger, and more inviting. With the right lighting choices, you can enhance the aesthetics and functionality of your compact kitchen.

Here are some tips and ideas for designing the perfect lighting for small kitchens:

Use multiple light sources: Combine ambient lighting (general overhead lighting), task lighting (focused lighting for specific work areas), and accent lighting (decorative lighting to highlight certain features) to create a well-lit and visually appealing space.

Opt for recessed or flush-mount fixtures: Recessed or flush-mount fixtures are ideal for small kitchens as they don’t take up much space and provide a clean and sleek look.

Choose LED lights: They are energy-efficient, long-lasting, and perfect for small kitchens. They produce minimal heat, and come in various colour temperatures to create the desired ambiance. Consider under-cabinet LED lights to provide task lighting for countertop workspaces.

Add pendant lights: Pendant lights can add a touch of style and personality to a small kitchen while providing functional lighting. Hang them above an island or a dining table to create a focal point and add visual interest to the space.

Consider natural light: If possible, maximise natural light in your small kitchen by keeping windows uncovered. Natural light can make a space feel brighter, larger, and more inviting.

By carefully selecting and placing different types of lighting in your small kitchen, you can create a well-lit and visually appealing space that feels brighter, bigger, and more functional.

Find more inspiration, by exploring our kitchen trends blog here.

Smaller Kitchen Colours

When it comes to designing a small kitchen, colour considerations play a key role in creating an illusion of space and brightness. While white is often the go-to color, there are plenty of other options to explore. Lighter colours, such as subtle tones like cashmere and antique white, can make a small kitchen look larger without making the room feel stark.

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Experimenting with different shades of white, such as off-white or creamy shades, can add depth and sophistication to your kitchen. Pairing white with wood furnishings or cabinets can create an airy vibe and add contrast. Opening up the blinds to allow natural light into the space can also make a small kitchen feel more modern and spacious.

Cool hues like turquoise and mint green can add a refreshing touch to a small kitchen. Consider painting the walls or opting for bold backsplashes in these shades. Pairing them with glass or quartz worktops can further enhance their impact.

Neutral shades are a fuss-free option for creating a cohesive look in a small kitchen. Using the same colour scheme for walls, cabinetry, and worktops can establish continuity, while adding well-placed contrasts can add personality and interest to the space. Don’t forget about flooring, as it can also contribute to the overall colour scheme.

For those who want to add a pop of colour, consider yellow or red tones. Warm, sunshine hues of yellow can add a cheerful vibe to the kitchen, whether through cabinets or walls. Red tones can bring retro vibes when paired with greys and whites, and stainless steel appliances can add a polished finish.

Don’t be afraid to make small changes, such as adding pops of colour through accessories, or worktops. These minor changes can add value to your kitchen and potentially increase your home’s resale value. Remember to choose colours that reflect your personal style and create a welcoming and inviting atmosphere in your small kitchen.

If you need more inspiration about kitchen colours, then be sure to read our Kitchens with Colours blog here.

Style and Design Tips for Small Kitchens

Designing a small kitchen can be challenging, but with the right style and design choices, you can create a beautiful space that maximises both aesthetics and functionality. Here are some considerations for layout and design to help you make the most of your small kitchen.

Efficient Layout: When working with limited space, it’s essential to choose a layout that maximises efficiency. Consider a galley, or L / U-shaped layout, which allows for easy movement and provides ample worktop space. Consider your three core kitchen work areas – cleaning, cooking and preparing, and ensuring sufficient floorspace in-between.

Streamlined Design: Opt for a streamlined design with clean lines and minimalistic elements. Choose simple cabinet styles, and avoid heavy ornamentation that can make a small kitchen feel crowded.

Reflective Surfaces: Incorporating reflective surfaces can make a small kitchen feel larger and brighter. Consider using glossy finishes for cabinets or backsplashes, or adding a mirrored backsplash to reflect light and create a sense of depth.

Strategic Storage: As covered previously, with limited space, smart storage solutions are crucial. Utilise every inch of available space, including vertical space, with tall cabinets or shelves. Install hooks or pegboards for utensils and cookware, and consider built-in storage options to keep the worktops clear and clutter-free.

Statement Pieces: Incorporate statement pieces to add personality and style to your small kitchen. Consider a unique backsplash, a colourful worktop, or a stylish pendant light as a focal point that draws the eye and adds visual interest.

Dining: Most smaller kitchen don’t have enough space for a separate dining area. However, it is possible to create one with the right floorplan. For example, you could use a folding dining table to save space. Or, you could use a multifunctional kitchen island that works for preparing, dining, and storage. 

Check out our kitchen gallery for some additional inspiration here or our kitchens with personality blog here.

Conclusion about Small Kitchens

In conclusion, designing a small kitchen requires careful consideration of space optimisation, lighting choices, and colour schemes.

By making smart design choices and utilising creative organisation ideas, you can maximise the functionality of your small kitchen without sacrificing style.

Incorporating vertical storage, multi-functional furniture or appliances, and a functional workflow for cooking and prep can make the most of your space.

Properly designed lighting with multiple light sources, LED lights, pendant lights, and natural light can make a small kitchen feel brighter, bigger, and more inviting.

When it comes to colors, lighter shades like white, off-white, and subtle tones can create an illusion of space, while cool hues like turquoise and mint green can add a refreshing touch. Neutral shades provide a cohesive look, and pops of color like yellow or red can add personality.

With the right design considerations, your small kitchen can be both beautiful and functional.

At A&S Home Design, we offer a wide range of bespoke kitchens options to suit your unique tastes, preferences, space constraints and budget. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you create the kitchen of your dreams!

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