Apartment Interior Fitout by studioJLA
Compact Kitchen in a apartment, minimal design, with clean lines.
What Houzz contributors are saying:
1. Go for all-white cabinetsConsider all-white cabinets in a laminate or acrylic finish for a small kitchen. This is because all-white cabinets have a reflective surface that has the tendency to bounce light and make a small kitchen look bigger. However, one drawback of all-white cabinets is that they need to be maintained regularly because white highlights all the stains, smudges and dirt that collects on the cabinets.Find a Houzz professional to design your kitchen with you
2. Reduce your hardwareIt’s a no-brainer that eliminating counter clutter is important for keeping a kitchen looking open and breezy, but you can take this a step further by removing the hardware.Using cabinet doors with touch-activated latches or integrated reach-in pulls reinforce the clean lines of your new kitchen, which subtly help it appear bigger. It also gives you fewer little items to bump into and reduces the chances of your clothes getting caught in things, so the space will feel easier to move around in too.
3. Little, or no, natural lightA tiny kitchen can feel even smaller if there’s no natural light or pretty view to distract from the cramped space, while existing upper cabinets can also make the room feel more closed in. Solution: Under-cabinet lights will brighten the edges of the room and expand the sense of space, while providing task lighting on bench tops that may sit in the shadows of the overhead units. You could go one step further in brightening up the room and extending the sense of space by adding LED lights on the kickboards at floor level.
38 Streamline with trickeryExtend your wall storage by adding shelving to fill a non-standard-size gap at the end of a run of wall units – but don’t let this create visual clutter in an already packed kitchen.Instead, as seen here, you can add a panel at the front that matches your cupboards – effectively a false cupboard door – and the streamlined effect of your sleek wall units will continue. The same idea will also work for base units. If your fitter is game, you could potentially also turn the open shelving into concealed storage instead; this will depend on the panel sizes available and the material your door fronts are made from (cutting laminates can result in messy edges), so get professional advice on what may be possible.