This blog is an invitation blog. It's not a guest blog because I have written it ... but I was invited to write it as a sort of sequel to a blog called Small Kitchen Designs and Ideas written by Tim Foley over at Kitchens Fitted. He's been musing about tiny kitchens and about how a lot of the interior design blogs don't cater for the typical small kitchen of his youth "oop north". Well, I hate to break it to you Tim, but we had a fair few tiny kitchens down south too (I come from Dorset and Sussex originally).
In Part 1 of this blog, on making a small kitchen look bigger, I looked at a fairly typical small kitchen and how the actual layout of the room and the units could affect how big it looked. In Part 2, it's the effect of colours textures and materials that we're looking at. Here's the original cream kitchen again:
Have a look at the kitchen pictured below. It's not tiny but it's a small kitchen, typical of the kitchens in thousands of UK homes; especially semi-detached ones. Some of you will be lucky enough to have one this long (it's 5 metres) others will have a similar layout but the kitchen will be shorter, or will have an extra doorway. Others will have small kitchens of a different size or shape. Below is a list of tips on how to make this kitchen look bigger.
There are two types of small kitchen; there's the type that takes up a small part of a much larger room; and then there's the sort that needs to be fitted into a tiny room. A lot of kitchen design guides are talking about the first type, when they mention small kitchen design ... which seems to be very irritating for those looking for the tiny room variety.