How to make the most out of a small kitchen – Small can still be spacious and stylish

Whether you are preparing your property investment for sale or rental, the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in a home.  It’s not just a place to cook but to eat, socialise, store things and no doubt where we spend a large proportion of our time.  Hence the reason that many investors focus on the kitchen when renovating or redesigning this space.  Regardless of the size of the space, there are plenty of design tricks you can adopt to maximise the space and make it feel spacious and stylish.

One of the easiest ways to create the illusion of space is with clever use of flooring.  Tiles and wood flooring can widen or lengthen a room and are obviously incredibly practical to clean and are hardwearing.

Colour can really lift a room and create a bright, warm feel or a bold statement dependent on the look you are hoping to achieve. Dark colours can make a room feel constricted but can work well on a statement or feature wall.  Whatever colour you choose, a fresh lick of paint will make all the difference to the appearance of the room.

Keep clutter to a minimum. If you are working with a small space don’t make the mistake of overfilling the counters or fitting appliances that are too big for the room. Compact coffee machines and kettles add a chic element to a space without taking up too much room.

Be clever and inventive with storage.  Could a bench seat double as handy storage space beneath the seating?  Is there a corner that could incorporate a small cupboard?  Plan the space well and it can still be functional. What about the wall space-could you install extra shelving?  Free floating shelves along a wall can create a sense of space whilst being functional.

Lighting is one the best ways to make a major difference to a space, especially in a kitchen which can make it feel bright and airy and really open up the space.  Ambient ceiling lights can replicate the natural relaxed feel of sunlight once night falls.

Follow these tips and you can ensure you create an inviting space that will appeal to renters or buyers dependent on the plans you have for your investment.