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6. Go for smaller appliancesCompact appliances can blend into your kitchen’s bijou aesthetic without seeming overbearing. The beauty of downsizing is you’ll save oodles of space and force yourself to be more organised. A small fridge, or a fridge with bifold doors, for instance, could free up lots of negative space and make your kitchen seem larger. Consider going for a convertible fridge to upgrade your storage and toggle between fridge and freezer mode as per your requirement. Likewise, choosing a counter-mounted cooking range over a freestanding one can save you precious vertical space, and a model with fewer burners can take up less room on your counter.
Best for… valueLaminate Think laminate and nasty, cheap, landlord-issue fake wood might spring to mind. But hold on a minute. Laminate (ultimately a chipboard, ply or MDF core coated in plastic) has come a long way, and there are lots of superior versions around that look brilliant and are great value. You can fake just about anything you wish: Granite, slate, oak. An unfussy plain white laminate, as in this smart, compact kitchen, can also look simple and perfectly lovely. It’s hard to beat if you’re on a shoestring and, even better, laminate can be fitted DIY, if you’re up to the job. However, remember to protect your worktop when chopping food or removing oven trays, as this type of worktop can get damaged easily. Remember also that the very cheapest laminates could end up being a false economy.Learn about laminates suited for your kitchen
How to make a narrow galley kitchen look biggerYou can maximise the space available in a galley kitchen layout, both by sleek storage and some clever visual tricks. Lay the floor tile or boards such that the pattern runs lengthwise to create the illusion of a longer kitchen space. In case you decide to install a backsplash, consider arranging the tiles in the opposite orientation to the floorboards orientation – this will create the illusion of depth. Also, you could raise the cabinets off the floor as this will give the appearance of more floor area.
Lighten the paletteThe material and finish we choose for our furniture will depend on budget and taste. However, there’s no getting away from the fact that a light, bright room can feel much larger than a dark one.In this small kitchen, the palette has been kept all white, including the cupboard doors, work surface, backsplash and paintwork, to avoid visually slicing the space up. The gloss finish on the units further bounces light around, again adding to the sense of space.Take a look at these white kitchens that mix it up with accents
3. The colour white has the power to make any space feel expansive. White cabinets, countertop, backsplash, wall and window trims enlarge the size virtually, to counter the tight space of this U-shaped urban kitchen. 7 White Kitchens That Mix It Up With Accents