Kitchens: small but perfectly formed

To meet the demands of homeowners and occupiers, diluting style or quality in smaller apartments is not an option. With the right approach to design and layout, developers and designers can transform a compact space into an impressive, high-specification kitchen that ticks all the right boxes for occupiers.

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ne of the most effective ways to maximise the use of space is with a linear layout of cupboards and worktops, ensuring the kitchen is flush to a wall. This also helps to break down barriers between rooms meeting the demand for open-plan living; a trend which is here to stay.

To increase the size of a preparation area without losing floor space, appointing a specialist manufacturer to increase the worktop depth can be highly effective. Taking wall units up to the ceiling and/or using floor-to-ceiling tall units can provide additional storage and achieve a high-end look, but consider the amount of countertop space available first.

A shared palette of colours and finishes that unites the kitchen units and worktops with the living area’s fixtures and flooring specification will maximise the sense of space and cohesion so that the kitchen becomes part of the living area when not in use.

Finally, it’s important to consider how the kitchen finishes will respond to limited light. Paler colours – particularly white – and high-gloss finishes will reflect both natural and electric light. Specifiers can enhance the lighting scheme with integrated LEDs that illuminate the worktops when in use and help the kitchen blend into the background at other times.

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