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but perfectly Small formed If the kitchen is not graced with a huge amount of fl oor space, homeowners shouldn’t lose heart - it is entirely possible to create a high-end, modern fi nish without having to start knocking down walls or completely reconfi guring the downstairs space. Good storage and a smart layout are the ultimate small kitchen solutions, and with these in place, even the most compact of spaces can be the heart of the home in every respect. It is easy to think of the kitchen as a multipurpose hub, but above all, it needs to be functional. Ultimately, it is a place to prepare food and store crockery and utensils, but it is all too easy for the room to become cluttered, particularly when it is compact and used for lots of different purposes by all the family. Clear worktops will help create the illusion of space, while providing a practical area for preparing food, which means good storage is important, so that anything not being used can be kept out of sight. Storage solutions for all Storage solutions such as deep drawers and pullout systems are now being specifi ed at all levels of the market, with the latest storage systems from Masterclass designed to reduce the cost of internal storage, to give an alternative to more expensive chrome wirework. Many of our customers now favour hidden storage, such as drawer organisers with concealed cutlery dividers that ensure everything has its place, while others are keen on the idea of midway storage that enables them to keep their kitchen utensils or cooking ingredients on show. Consider how wall space can be utilised to include as much cupboard space as possible, without making the kitchen feel too cramped, incorporate storage into an island unit to make this a multi-functional piece of furniture and take advantage of solutions such as tall units that make effective use of the space from fl oor to ceiling, ideal for hiding away pots, pans and crockery. Think about where to position cabinets too – is there some otherwise dead space that can be utilised, perhaps above the cooker or in a corner? Clever storage solutions such as deep drawers and pull-out systems make accessing otherwise hard to reach spots in the kitchen easier and adding depth to your kitchen storage, while tray dividers keep smaller items organised and close to hand. However, be mindful that too many drawers and doors can have a detrimental effect on the design of the kitchen, with fewer being the best way of achieving a neat, streamlined design. Internal storage solutions are a popular way of avoiding this, concealing a wealth of storage options behind a single door, for a streamlined fi nish that is also highly practical. Make sure storage solutions are thought about early on in the project, enabling solutions such as pull-out units, corner carousels and drawer dividers to be integrated into the design, but don’t be tempted to hide everything away – some open shelving is often a good idea in the smaller kitchen as a way of making the space feel bigger, so long as it is kept tidy. Aside from storage and layout, one of the biggest considerations in the smaller kitchen is which materials and colours to opt for. The general rule is the smaller the space, the lighter the colours used in it should be, although there is no harm in adding in darker tones for contrast here and there. As a rule of thumb, try to keep it simple with one or two colours as too much in one small area can look chaotic. A gloss fi nish is a popular choice in the small kitchen, as it bounces light around the room and generally makes the room feel bigger, while vertical wood grains also help create the illusion of space and combine well with a silky smooth fi nish for a high-end look. A fi nal vital yet often overlooked element of a small kitchen’s design is lighting. Natural daylight will help give the space a bright, airy feel, while good task lighting is also crucial. Under cabinet lighting will illuminate the worktops, while spotlights rather than low hanging pendants will tie in with the room’s minimal visual appeal. www.masterclasskitchens.co.uk Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4 Phase 3 Interior & Exterior fi nishing Whether the kitchen has an expanse of fl oor space or not, it should and can be the heart of the home with a little careful planning and clever design ideas. Steve Tough, commercial director at Masterclass Kitchens, explains how 56 Spring 2018


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