Living in apartment makes you have tons of space limitation. One wrong move and you will be forced to bear with the suffocating setting. For this reason, many people are so careful when they design the area with lots of stuffs like kitchen. Lucky for you, there are several upgrading tips to make your small kitchen shines.
1. Unify The Overall Look
When you choose a theme, it is easy to get carried away with small details you want to add to the kitchen. Stop for a moment and remind yourself that you are working in apartment scale. Too many things will be too much and give cramped effect. You should focus on overall look of the kitchen.
There is a way to show your passion to details without being overwhelming. Choose two most visible items and pick one colour for both items. For example, black matches well with minimalistic concept. You could purchase black pendant lighting and pair it with black chairs next to the counter top.
2. Add Glossy Touch
An apartment cannot provide you with separated rooms. In most cases, you will have connecting space; living room next to bedroom with an open kitchen. It is hard to decorate this kitchen, especially for those who wish to combine simplicity and elegance. They should put less but for best impact. Is it possible?
While this idea might seem impossible, you could actually achieve this look with one simple switch. You want a fancy kitchen, then give the spotlight to the countertop. Make sure to pick dark wall and cabinets. Then install copper for countertop sides, so it reflects anything in its front side. There you go; a minimalist, stylish and fancy kitchen.
3. Bring Contrast Backsplash
If you read manuals about designing minimalist kitchen, two colours will be mentioned a lot; black and white. Black hides the stain and also provide classic and rich vibe. White breaks the boundaries and allow you to have wide effect. Following these basics are a good start, but later you will realize that your kitchen is too plain.
Some of you might think that the kitchen is kind of dull. Is there anything you could do to solve this problem? Fortunately, you have a quick fix; adding a splash of colour on the backsplash. Don’t go too far with rainbow colours, just pick one bright and contrastive colour to the countertop.
4. Hide The Plugs
In addition to the setting, tone and furniture, you also need to consider the electric sockets. When you work in a kitchen, it will be convenience to have plug nearby. Some recipes need the ingredients to be blended or mixed with mixer. Your homework will be finding the right places to install the socket.
If it is too visible, the aesthetic value of your kitchen will decrease. Removing the socket is not a good idea either. It gives you more work to walk to the nearby socket while keeping an eye to the cooking pot. One brilliant solution is using pop up plugs. It could be installed in hidden place such as cabinet, so your kitchen looks clean.
5. Install Invisible Hardware
For a really compact apartment, you have to think harder about the kitchen furniture. Transparent cabinet helps you to scan the silverware faster, but it cramps the wall space. You might need to alter your functionality level for the sake of width effect. Think about the big picture of your kitchen instead of part by part.
Try to install the invisible hardware. It has seamless design, so will see only lines and edges. The only turndown is you need to memorize the location of plate, bowls, etc. Other than that, invisible hardware is the perfect choice for your clean and compact apartment kitchen.
6. Keep Functional Items
How many cooking utensils you bring to the apartment? If you have more than two boxes, the space might not be able to accommodate them all. Pick the most important items only and keep the others in the box. This simple step of decluttering will make decent space for real cooking.
Arrange the items so you could easily grab them when needed. For starter, the ladle, spatula and cooking spoon could be hanged in mini ladder above the counter. The gloves and napkins should be placed near the stove, and so on. If you have children, make sure to hide the cleaning products inside the top cabinet.
7. Contrast Pastel and Dark Floor
Modern technology provides a lot of options to upgrade your kitchen look. They are confusing for most people, since there are plenty to choose. One thing that could help you decide is a theme. Minimalist is a must, so you will need another theme to accompany it. If your answer is bold, then you have one combination that never goes wrong; pastel and dark tone.
Put the pastel tone on the walls, cabinet and countertop. Pick dark tone for the flooring, so it adds depth to your kitchen. For your reference, most popular tone for the floor is dark brown, dark grey, black and navy. You can experiment with the pastel tone.
8. Hang Art
You love art and minimalist kitchen, so why don’t you put them together? People usually don’t put art in the kitchen to keep it away from heat and moisture. This is a wise decision, but you could do better by arranging the art in specific place.
If you happen to have an empty wall side, far away from stoves and sink, it will be a good place to hang the art. You might be tempted to fill empty space above the sink area with art as well. If that is the case, then choose glass art.
9. Prioritize Counter Area
Should you choose between countertop for sink and countertop for having meals, what will you choose? In bigger kitchen you might have both, but in minimalistic one you have to sacrifice one. If you don’t have any idea, then pick the countertop for having meals. Put the sink close to stove area, so the remaining countertop area could be used as dining area.