What the right finishes can do for your small kitchen

Cute & cosy space

Some people love the cosiness of a small kitchen. Everything is snug and within reach. But it’s a good idea to keep in mind that if you go crazy with colour schemes and design finishes your little cooking nook could end up looking like a very bad Picasso painting. What the right finishes can do for your small kitchen are wondrous and infinite.

Colour code

Most designers and stylists will tell you, depending on your small kitchen’s configuration and amount of natural light, that any colour scheme can work in a small cooking room, as long as you remember to not choose hues to make the space feel claustrophobic or create a “look” that doesn’t tie in with the rest of the house.

Optical illusion

What colours and finishes you choose will not only make it a pleasure to work in but it will also enhance the visuals and even potentially make the small kitchen look bigger.

Combined look

As you think about paint colours, cabinet finishes, fittings and surfaces, decide what mood you want for your kitchen and above all, make sure that the combined look will appear effortless and streamlined.

Current trends

Many stylists recommend using three colours at most in a kitchen. Current trends include combinations such as white, off-white and natural wood finishes or white, egg blue and dove gray or a more classic look such as monochrome.

Clever touches

If your objective is to make your small space look bigger there are lots of things you can do. Some renovators swear by using white for cabinetry, ceilings, walls and countertops to create that sense of an “infinite” space without limits or boundaries. You can use complementary but contrasting shades of white to avoid the space appearing too bland.

Recessed-panel cabinets and crown moulding can create soft shadows that can add dimension and interest too.

Go for it

Other tips concerning finishes for your small kitchen include:

  • Remove some cabinet doors and use glass instead for the cabinet fronts to add aesthetic interest and make the space seem larger
  • Incorporate as much natural light as you can to your small kitchen as this “finish” will help the space seem bright and airy. If you need to partially block some light due to privacy issues or an unappealing facade, make them as inconspicuous as possible.
  • Try and keep your furnishings such as a work island or bar stools slender. Shop around for those clever designs that combine stylish flair with streamlined practicality.

To find out more about the best small kitchen finishes available to you, check out what A-Plan Kitchens has to offer here.