Whatever one may say, but in every house the most popular and visited place is the kitchen. Everyone wants it to be cozy and comfortable for all the inhabitants, but first of all for the one who prepares various goodies for the whole family. To arrange it, you will need a lot of imagination and skill, especially if the kitchen is very tiny, because it is very difficult to turn it into a multifunctional, convenient and, of course, aesthetic area. In order to make these dreams come true, we have selected interesting design solutions that will help you cope with this difficult task.
In modern life, small areas are becoming more and more popular, because this is a good reason to save money at the stage of new housing construction. But do not forget about the old housing stock, which did not spoil the kitchens with large dimensions. About how to properly make repairs or even redevelopment of the kitchen? experts have already told Novate.ru more than once, and today we want to introduce you to little tricks and modern design solutions that will help create coziness, special aesthetics and a soulful atmosphere in your tiny kitchen.
1. Mirrored furniture fronts or an apron in the work area
Everyone knows the trick with mirrored surfaces that can create incredible spatial illusions. Of course, mirrors in the kitchen are a very problematic element in terms of keeping it perfectly clean, but believe me, the result will simply blow you away.
It is not necessary to make the entire wall from the floor to the stream in the mirrors; a few mirror inserts on the doors of the furniture facades, a large mirror in the dining area or tiles on the apron above the work surface will be enough. You can also install a mirror under the window, if there is no bulky table in front of it with a closed back wall. Thanks to the reflective effect, the available area will visually increase and even an airy space will appear that can transform even a very tiny kitchen.
If, nevertheless, you are afraid not to cope with the dirt that will invariably be in the kitchen, then it is better to use materials with a worn effect or place the mirror areas away from the hob.
There is a very interesting alternative to the mirror itself - it is a self-adhesive mirror film that can be simply glued onto the selected facade elements.
2. Correct lighting
Not only comfort and coziness depends on lighting, but also the aesthetics of the entire room. After all, even the most expensive repairs will fade if you save on this part of the room design. Many people think that if the kitchen is small, then there will be plenty of light from the window and one plafond. But this is not so, even a very small person can be decorated with just a competent arrangement of several light sources.
It is imperative to highlight the work area of the countertop and the hob. Of course, it is better to install a couple of lamps above the dining area, while choosing extraordinary lampshades that will attract attention and become an excellent accent in a small room.
On the modern market of lighting devices, a lot of interesting designs of directional light (spots) have appeared that will help create a special backlight, and you can adjust it at your discretion.
3. Using LED backlight
A very interesting design move is the installation of LED backlighting, which will help create an incredible atmosphere if you place it in the right place. You can cope with this task yourself, the main thing is to know some tricks. So, for example, if you illuminate a kitchen set from below, then due to the path of bright light, the border between the furniture and the wall is blurred and there is a feeling as if the cabinets are floating in the air.
If you run a diode or LED strip along the perimeter of the room - at the top, you will get just an incredible effect of the ceiling going up into the air. If you install this kind of lighting below, it will not only be beautiful, but at night a comfortable trip to the refrigerator will be guaranteed.
There is also a very interesting option for decorating a suspended ceiling with an LED strip, which is mounted inside the structure, but such ceilings are not very practical in the kitchen.
4. Kitchen cabinets to the ceiling
With small floor areas, it is naturally necessary to use vertical ones, and in full, without missing a centimeter. Kitchen sets with the maximum height will help you with this. That is, the higher the cabinet is, the more rationally you will be able to use the additional space that has appeared for storing all kinds of kitchen utensils and food.
And another important detail - a closet to the ceiling will help create the illusion of more space, especially if you choose the right color for the furniture. For these purposes, light neutral tones are best suited, preferably with glossy surfaces. The dark color and matte facade of the furniture wall will "burden" the already small space of your kitchen too.
The best option is if the uppermost tier is made in the form of a showcase under glass, such a move will not only add air and beauty, but also greatly facilitate the entire structure.
5. Veiled hob
This is from the series "to what progress has reached"! Modern hobs have managed to integrate directly into the ceramic surface of the countertop, which simultaneously acts as a table for preparing ingredients and an oven for cooking them.
Thanks to the latest technologies, it was possible to create a special composition of ceramics that is not at all afraid of scratches, bumps and cuts, which made it possible to remove the border between the usual work area and the hob.
In order to determine where the induction burners are located, the creators of this miracle installed laser pointers, and they can be controlled by special buttons that are engraved directly on the working surface of the countertop.
Sliding countertops are a very useful thing in a small kitchen. After all, it is very convenient to have a table and chairs, which, as unnecessary, can simply be hidden in … another table. Such modern furniture is very helpful when there is absolutely nowhere to roam, especially the ease of use pleases.
With a slight movement of your hand, you need to pull the handle - an additional table or a small tabletop will simply slide out of its storage. The size of such a pull-out table, as a rule, is 45-50 centimeters, and this crumb can withstand a weight of 15 to 30 kilograms. It all depends on the quality of the material from which the headset is made, and on the strength of the pull-out system and guides.
Naturally, such a small table will not be able to accommodate a large family during dinner, but for one or two people it will be enough. But the function of a coffee-tea table for friendly gatherings will perform excellently, and as an additional working area it will be simply irreplaceable.
7. Dinner island
In a very original and convenient way, you can organize a dining space for eating or receiving guests using a narrow table or bar counter, which is best installed in the middle of the room. Not only is there a place for a family dinner, but there is also the possibility of sliding chairs or stools under the table top.
And a few more bonuses are brought by such a practical solution: the cooking area expands and there is a place for storing kitchen utensils, which there is always nowhere to put.
8. Choose a narrow dishwasher
Many will say that it is already too much and a great luxury to squeeze a dishwasher into a tiny kitchen, but this is not so. If you correctly approach the choice of a model and at the same time use the kitchen space rationally, then it is quite possible to install such an assistant.
For small spaces, a 45 cm wide machine is ideal and can hold up to 10 sets of cookware sets. Not only will the car fit organically into the available space, it is also very economical, which will have a positive effect on utility costs. Not to mention saving time and effort of the hostess.
Owners of small apartments very often think that nothing can be done on such tiny areas. But their fears are misplaced, as we live in a time of enormous opportunity that is helping transform the most hopeless of layouts, especially in bathrooms, which tend to be even smaller than kitchens. Thanks to the following recommendations and original ideas, even the smallest room can be made beautiful, cozy and functional in every way.