Our kitchen isn’t huge so it’s important to keep organised & tidy especially if, like us, you have way too much stuff.
Seriously, we have twelve of almost everything from soup bowls and bread plates right through to a crème brulee blow torch (which of course we use all of the time) and fondue sets (yep, we have more than one).
Knocking down the wall between the dining room and kitchen last year, made the room feel much larger, but of course it didn’t actually make the kitchen any bigger. On the contrary, as it meant that we had to lose some wall-hung cabinets!
We obviously need a new kitchen and it is on the top of wish list, but for now it’s all about utilising what we have in the best possible way.
When we lost the extra cupboard space we had to get creative. Having a good clear out, adding shelves and rejigging the way we store items made a huge difference. The open shelving gives you a greater sense of space and is something that you can easily add to maximise storage. If you have anything pretty like crockery or pots it’s nice to be able to see it and not hide it away in cupboards, too.
To maximise our storage even further, we also added some little hooks for hanging cups to the underside of the bottom shelf – it’s pretty & practical.
We’ve been eying up new kitchens for quite a while and, in order to make the most of our smallish space, there are a few features that are a must to get the most out of our space. As you know, we’ve been reinstating as many period features as we can in our home, we are however planning on having a much more contemporary look in the kitchen and dining room.
For us, the kitchen should have clean lines and preferably no handles – it gives everything a more modern and streamlined look, which is especially important in small kitchens. We love the look of this sleek kitchen which has a lot of what we’re looking for.
- High cupboards with a built-in, pull out larder. We had one in a kitchen we used to have and the storage in those things is amazing.
- Built-in appliances. Not only do they take up less space than the freestanding solutions, they also add to the clean and uncluttered look that make a space seem larger than it is.
- An Island. We’d love an island! We’re not sure we’ll be able to squeeze one into our kitchen, but we love the idea of having a central and sociable space to gether around.
- Pull-out drawers. This is a must, especially if you don’t have a lot of cupboard space. Whilst our kitchen is small now, we have lived in apartments with much smaller kitchens. And the only way that we could get everything to fit is through having pull out drawers. They’re amazing – no more rummaging at the back of cupboards and finding food that’s way past its use-by date.
- Induction hob. Okay, so this is a bit of a luxury, but whilst we like the convenience of cooking on our current gas hob (it’s so quick), I hate cleaning it! An induction hob seems to offer the best of both. Smooth and easy wipeable top, but with instant heat.
Do you have any clever storage solutions in your kitchen? Have you ever planned a new kitchen? What items are on your kitchen wishlist?
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