Exasperated every time you walk into your cramped kitchen? Worry not! You can still stretch this small space. Our interior designers give clever, easy solutions:

Small Kitchen Design Tip #1: Dousing in neutrals

Light colors cast a peaceful aura, while giving the kitchen an expansive effect. Not just that, neutrals can be effortlessly combined with a wide range of colors so the possibilities are endless!

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Grey cabinets can really open up the space in a compact kitchen

“You could add white on cabinets, countertops, walls and ceiling to create a seamless, roomy space. Layer it with several shades of white or pair with a contrasting texture to ensure it doesn’t look mundane.”
– Akshatha Suresh, Bengaluru

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Sorbet colours like this one are perfect for a small kitchen

“I always use neutrals to create a wide, spacious look. To jazz things up, I pick colored laminates or add interesting dimensions with tiles, black boards or even stylish handles on shutters.”
– Twisha Thakker Kothari, Mumbai

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Small Kitchen Design Tip #2: Visual tricks with cabinets

Don’t look at your kitchen cabinets from a purely functional standpoint, use these tricks to style them and expand your line of vision.

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Play visual tricks by opting for lofts in a compact kitchen

“Choose ceiling-high cabinets. It will add height by drawing your eyes upward, and you get more storage too.”
– Avneet Kaur Hanspal, Mumbai

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Make a tall unit feel easy on the eyes by installing a frosted glass shutter

“Use glass doors to add depth. However, if you must have a few solid doors for privacy, then choose recessed panels to create stylish, subtle shadows.”
– Akshatha Suresh, Bengaluru

Small Kitchen Design Tip #3: Modular storage is a god-send

From wire baskets to magic corners, modular kitchen accessories help keep small kitchens organised.

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Pull-out trays are perfect space-savers!

“Invest in modular storage to make every inch of your counter count. Install a cabinet at a dead corner to conceal coffeemakers, toasters and other small appliances.”
– Gwyneth Dias, Mumbai

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There is nothing like enough storage when it comes to a small space

“Smart storage can really make life simple. For tight spaces, use a slim pullout pantry, so that items in the back are just as easily accessible as the ones in the front.”
– Radhika Thirani, New Delhi

Small Kitchen Design Tip #4: Make It Bright and Airy

If you are building a kitchen from scratch, then use this handy tip to break the boundaries of a traditional kitchen.

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Extend the counter for a compact breakfast table

“Do away with walls and go for an open kitchen. The counter can be used for preparing meals as well as for dining. This not only ups kitchen aesthetics but also magnifies its openness and encourages socialising during meal times”
– Radhika Thirani, New Delhi

Alternatively, you can incorporate large windows or at least ensure existing windows have minimum coverings and let in plenty of natural light.

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Maximise brightness with white surfaces and profile lighting
Small Kitchen Design Tip #5: Golden Triangle

The above aesthetic tips will be completely ineffective if this golden rule is not applied to your small kitchen design.

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Golden triangle ensures efficiency when you are working in the kitchen

“Remember to have your hob, refrigerator and sink fall within the lines of a triangle. This ensures ease of access and enough space , especially in a parallel kitchen, for two people to work without bumping into each other.”
– Twisha Thakker Kothari, Mumbai

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Golden triangle works well in L-shaped and parallel kitchens

For narrow spaces, opt for a single wall kitchen. All appliances, storage and the work-space are arranged along a single line. This is a sure shot way to optimize space.”
– Avneet Kaur Hanspal, Mumbai

Use these tips to transform your small kitchen into a commodious yet cozy haven that will make whipping meals a delightful experience.


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