I love to cook..and i know what beautiful & well equipped kitchens can do to cooks..it makes them feel accomplished and content and it shows in the food. For me Kitchen is as important as living room if not more[in a home] .It is really sad that our country hasn't warmed up to this idea yet completely. For most of our middle class apartments,kitchen is a 8'X10' space that is crammed by all 4 side walls and cluttered by utensil overdose.Those modern open-kitchens in trend these days r done to death with zero stress on functionality/space management/customization/Personal touch,they speak nothing abt the Homemaker. Lifeless.
It warms my heart to see a small kitchen that sparkles with both efficiency and style. i always feel welcome:) So I decided to do my bit , by explaining things i know would help you to recreate your kitchen-vision [for every budget]
To create the small and efficient kitchen design, you need to work on three major areas:
So i request you to give a keen look into the below images:) I promise you it will be a treat to your eyes:)!
Get you Top-shelves lowered..and to make the space visibly lighter...show-case your carefully collected and immensely loved china in them by either keeping them open or choosing clear shutters.
Personalizing it with black/scribble boards will add that touch of you yo the kitchen:)
Who doesn't Love color? Pay tributes to your favorite color that cheers you up instantly.. by bringing it into the kitchen..like that , every morning will be a cheerful one..! :) One more important technique to notice here..is to do your shelving in the colour of the wall...so its vanishes in to the wall creating an illusion of more space:)
Make the windows Big [out-of-proportion-big] , It does two things one Brings in more day light and fresh air and two, Big windows make any space look bigger...Period.
Remember context/tasteand cost when deciding on wht materials to use.. all kitchens need not look modern and minimalistic to be functional. Cozy and native [materials] can also spell FUNCTIONALITYAND CHIC pretty Perfectly. What say?!
This is just a suggestion if Your kitchen space is liner ..galley types kitchens [shown above] are the best possible option for maximum utility i think , like cherry on top of the cake..just make your windows too horizontally linear. Just dont be afraid Play it [linearity] up.
Create an Eating Nook. It cud be an extension of the kitchen-counter or a modest table like above. In my experience this is the best thing you can do to your kitchen..by bringing activity[eating/coffee] into the Kitchen You are making it a family space rather than a "cooking space". Trust me and You will thank me later..just to let you know i accept gratitude in every form, new shoes/clothes/cheques anything! so feel free to thank me:) ! Just kidding or may be not!
P.S: The easiest way to cheat your way into more space instantly..use lighter[on the eye] furniture.