Friday, June 14, 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 decor 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.
Kitchen Design and the Latest Trends
Just like any other form of interior design, kitchen design goes through its own trends and fashions. It may be shabby chic, or a return to the incredible design signatures of the 1950s, where the home was being influenced by science and technology (remember those 'space age' gadgets and polished stainless steel surfaces of that were all the rage after the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969?)
So what can we expect to be the hot new trends as we race past the predicted Mayan end of the world and headlong into 2013? Here Is five of the hottest tips for kitchen design and trends for next year - and how you can get the look for less!
#1 - Art Deco makes a comeback
The elegance of the 1920s and '30s is making a big comeback and Art Deco design features will be huge next year, not just for kitchens but for interior design in general. Back in the kitchen acrylic doors emulate the 'Bakelite' look of the era and will be a big statement, as their high-gloss finish works perfectly with the clean, smooth lines associated with Deco design. Exotic wood veneers combined with polished steel trim will give any kitchen refurbishment that essential Deco look, for a fraction of the cost of a new replacement kitchen.
#2 - Radical Retro
Following on from the Deco theme, Retro is back for 2013 as designers look back to yesteryear for inspiration. Expect to see ornate finishing and bespoke touches such as decorative hinges, handles and knobs that can give even the simplest refurbishment a subtle and elegant design twist.
#3 - The clean look
The kitchen is the heart of any home and in 2013 focus is shifting back to this space and how we interact with it. That means kitchens will be seeing even more day to day activity, so wipe-clean surfaces and clutter-free worktops will be key to keeping any busy kitchen look great.
#4 - Waking up to wood
It's not all acrylic doors and wipe-clean high gloss finishes; wood is still king of many kitchen designs, particularly if you're going for a traditional Shaker style or country cottage look. However, choosing to replace your existing doors and drawers with wood doesn't mean you have to forgo all the convenience of easy maintenance materials, as wood effect patterns also come in easy care vinyls too. So even a traditional look kitchen can be created with less expense than you might think.
#5 - Bold and bright
Don't be afraid to break out of the mundane this year - go for bold and bright patterns and colors to really stamp individuality on your design. This particular look can, like all the other hot trends for 2013, be easily achieved with a simple refurbishment, rather than a complete make-over.
All of the latest design trends for 2013 are suitable for any type of kitchen, although if you really want to make the most of the space you're working with and get a show-stopping effect, talk to a professional designer. They can sit down with you and give you an objective view of what is achievable, what will work (and what wont!) and how much it will cost. If you retain the basic structure of your existing kitchen and go for a refurbishment rather than a replacement, you can have a kitchen that looks as if it stepped straight out of an interior design magazine - and all for a fraction of the cost!