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Space-enhancing ideas for small kitchens

Looking for small kitchen ideas? While we all covet a large and sociable kitchen-diner with room for a kitchen island, range cooker and dining table to cram guests around, the reality is that sometimes it's a case of making the most of what we have - in this case, a small kitchen. But diminutive doesn't have to mean drab (think Rachel Khoo's adorable Parisian kitchen). There's a wealth of clever ways to make your kitchen scheme feel spacious...

Clear away the clutter in small kitchens

Wall cabinets can really encroach on space, so consider doing away with yours. Open shelving can make a huge impact in a small kitchen, creating an open and airy feel, as long as you limit the amount of shelves you use, and what you keep on them.

And if there are too many items cluttering up the worktops, consider clever solutions like wall-mounted magnetic knife strips, rails to hang utensils, pans, mugs, spice jars and cutlery bins. Also think about what you need to have to hand every day, such as chopping boards, wooden spoons, washing-up liquid, and what can be stored away until needed.

Keep your kitchen scheme simple
Nothing makes a room seem larger like simple white walls, so why not take it further with sleek, contemporary details that open up the space. Light, reflective materials and minimal designs are your friends in a small kitchen, so consider white or frosted glass cabinet doors, white stone or composite, or stainless-steel worktops, and white splashback tiling.

Small streamlined kitchen (pictured)
You may be short on space but, with some smart planning, you can have a beautiful, hardworking scheme. Integrating appliances into your cabinetry is a sure way to keep a compact space looking sleek. Here, a range cooker takes the central spot in a single row of hand-painted tulipwood units, while a coffee machine, oven and warming drawer form a functional bank.

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