The kitchen is usually one of the most demanding rooms in terms of design. Many people look at this room as the heart of the home, especially in townhomes and condos that have less space and often, an open living plan. In such places, the kitchen is the hotspot, the base of the entire home.
Kitchens have a lot of meaning for the people who live in them. They are the place that brings everyone together, connect the rest of the rooms of the house, and most importantly – keep all the food. That being said, designing a kitchen when you don’t have an ample space to fill can be challenging.
In such spaces, your task is to maximize the space. A minimalistic condo or townhome kitchen is one that doesn’t create a burden for the eye or cause you to feel a bit claustrophobic. It is not all about putting as many items as you can in a small space – it’s about using the essentials in the right way to make the best out of a small available space. With the four design ideas below, you can get some inspiration for designing a fully-functional kitchen for a condo or a townhome.
Go for Whiteness
White is a perfect color for a small kitchen. Make your kitchen monochromatic and minimalistic. This way, it will appear as more spacious and sparkling clean. An entirely white kitchen goes with a variety of styles such as shabby chic, industrial, coastal, and minimal. With the myriad of material choices, you can now easily find white countertop surfaces, shelves, backsplash, etc.
The white color in a kitchen gives somewhat of an open, timeless, and luxurious feeling. This makes it perfect for kitchens of small sizes and allows its users to install many elements without overcrowding the space.
White doesn’t go out of style. If you’re a creative soul, you can always mix up materials and styles with it. Whatever you select, the color will refine your choices and create a warm and cozy setting. And since you’ll be mostly using white design elements, you won’t have to bother about the fragmentation of your condo room.
Add a Spark to It
In a limited-space kitchen, using more than two or three colors is a very bad idea. It will destroy its visual appeal, make it seem even smaller, and whatever you put in it will make it look cluttered. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t use any colors at all. Yes, you can always go with the white option we discussed, but if you are a more adventurous person, you should definitely add a spark to your neutral background.
How do you do this?
With small accents of certain parts of your kitchen, such as coloring of one set of elements, you can add a spark to your kitchen and make it feel livelier. In addition, some well-planned lighting can do all the difference in a room and make it look as delightful as you want it to.
When you choose a color to add to your neutral kitchen, go for a lighter tone such as the blue in the picture below. Other great ideas are a grayish-blue, mellow yellow, or pastel pink color.
Dark Element in the Spotlight
This sounds a bit contradictory but yes, you don’t have to stay away from dark if your kitchen is small. Sure, you can’t go all-dark and close the small space, but no one says that you should stay absolutely away from it. Now, if you choose to use dark elements, you can’t go wild as in the previous point and paint an entire row of elements with it. Too much of a dark shade will ruin the comfort of a small kitchen.
If you choose to add some dark shades to your condo kitchen, you have a lot of planning and thinking to do. You are looking for the perfect dark shade or a combination of two and the perfect spotlight to add it to. For example, darker walls will give a bright kitchen a unique and practical backdrop. Some dark countertops or a dark island will work perfectly into the white space, or you can even choose some black elements and a brown detail like in the picture. Just go minimal with the dark shade in your new condo.
Most people who design their condos and small kitchens go for the plain, bright colors that make the room more lively and welcoming. But, this doesn’t mean that your kitchen should look like any other in the area, or that you should always keep it as plain as possible.
The trick of making a small space wonderful is the décor that follows after its furnishing. Don’t be afraid to go bold with the appliance colors, add some fresh flowers, and even paint the smallest walls and the corners of the kitchen.
Have you found the perfect idea for your new kitchen? These ideas should give you some motivation and get your creative juices flowing!
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