PaddingtonContemporary Kitchen, Sydney
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3. Not pre-measuring appliancesLack of pre-planning when it comes to appliances can lead to excessive protrusion from oversized fridges. This can affect the ability to open cabinets and other appliances in your kitchen, and reduce circulation space. Not measuring smaller appliances such as microwaves, blenders and food processors can be an issue too. Without a proper ‘home’ within your layout, they can end up sitting out on the benchtop and creating clutter. Solution: Select appliances well in advance and check dimensions and the way appliances open to ensure that your kitchen layout can accommodate them in concealed, tailored storage. The same applies to pots and pans that are best stored neatly away.
9. Seek out compact appliances“Seek out compact appliances such as fridges, dishwashers and ovens,” advises Jones. “Ensure they’re all finished in the same colour, or have them integrated into cabinetry for a fuss-free, cohesive look.”Some compact appliances that you might like to consider for your small kitchen include: Compact ovens that are full width but only around 45 centimetres in height. Brands are also producing ovens with microwave capabilities, saving you even more space.Two-burner stovetops, which are available in induction, touch control, ceramic and gas.Underbench range hoods save space if you have overhead hanging cupboards. Or if you have space above, a 60 centimetre canopy range hood works well.Compact dishwashers, such as the Fisher & Paykel single-drawer dish drawer, or a slimline 45 centimetre dishwasher.Single-bowl sinks that give you space on either side of the sink for a prep zone.Slimline, compact fridges. You can now find slimline designs in top- and bottom-mount configurations.
When you’re lucky enough to have a bit of wall space but it’s limited, make every centimetre work hard. This includes any awkward gaps above appliances, such as fridges and microwaves. This might mean having custom-built units made to fit exact dimensions, but any extra costs will be well worth the gain in storage.
Pretty it up with plantsLow effort but high impact, indoor plants add colour, shape, elegance and comfort, all in one go. Pick a spot that will show the plant off to its very best and your kitchen will feel replenished with a new lease of life and energy.
You can wall-mount storage in every room. In the kitchen, for example, move appliances such as microwaves onto the wall and off your precious bench space; install a wall-mounted magnetic strip for knives and mount a paper towel holder onto the wall for easy access.Browse more compact kitchen photos
28. Go for a white-outWhen you don’t want your kitchen to dominate your open-plan space, giving it the all-white treatment will help it to ‘vanish’ into the background. Thin-plank, light-bouncing polished wooden boards running lengthways stretch the room generally, while also adding warmth – and a dash of Scandi chic.