How to make the most of a small kitchen

We’re not all blessed with a vast, cavernous kitchen, particularly in period properties, where space can be at a premium. If you want to make the most of your small kitchen without undergoing any major renovations, follow these top tips from Neptune’s managing director, John Sims Hilditch.

1. Place the oven, fridge and sink within an easy step or two from one another. The right configuration will save you a lot of time and effort.

2. A deep larder with adjustable shelves to accommodate products of all shapes and sizes is a great way to keep the food store in order and in one efficient place.

3. Make use of all available wall and ceiling space and add shelves and wall-mounted plate racks and cabinets where there is room to do so. Place the pans, crockery and utensils you use the most here for easy access.

4. Paint walls and furniture in light shades and colours to make smaller spaces appear bigger than they are. White, powder blue and pale greys are all great choices.

5. Removable storage, such as a butcher’s block, is a great way of adding extra surface space for busier culinary occasions.

6. Make the most of natural light and keep window areas uncluttered and open. Extra lighting in darker corners and nooks can also give the impression of space.

7. Introduce curved units and cabinets to make tight corners more space efficient. This works especially well in long, narrow kitchens.

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