In the chic open kitchen featured here, the pistachio-hued island doubles as a charming storage unit, complete with three different-sized drawers. The island also holds a conveniently placed kitchen roll spindle, making for easy access during bountiful cooking escapades.
Look closely, and you’ll notice the island is equipped with wheels, allowing it to be stowed away or moved elsewhere on days when you’d like a little more room in the kitchen.
By installing wheels, you can move your island into the living room to work as a pop-up dinner or connect it to your kitchen counter to elongate your work surface. An island on wheels is the best way to create dynamic spaces.
In this dove-colored kitchen, the oyster-pink-and-grey island double-barrels as the storage cabinet and breakfast bar. Flanked by the open floor on either side, the island is a focal centerpiece that also works as an open storage unit.
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By storing dals, rice, and nuts in differently sized mason jars, you can additionally create a fabulous visual display. The delightful arrangement in this picture is a nod to effortless yet elegant storage. Mason jars are available aplenty both online and in hypermarkets. Choose from a galaxy of designs and shapes to light up your shelves.
Track lights, recessed lights, and pendant lights are good options to consider to subtly create a separate kitchen zone.
An axial light fixture can play a key role in sectioning off zones within a large seamless area. In the kitchen pictured here, an overhead island chandelier seeks to highlight the cooking and dining space, keeping the kitchen visually separated from the larger area.
This ivory kitchen is a shining example of how accent lighting can augment obscure corners of a kitchen. Here, the glow from the built-in light panels illuminates elements both on and under the shelves and the recessed ceiling lights complement the lighting scheme perfectly.
When it comes to accent lighting, it’s a good idea to install a dimmer for your fixtures. This way, you can tailor your lighting depending on the situation. Soft lighting is particularly suitable for when you’re dining with guests or if you still want minimal lighting when you’re not in the kitchen.
In a pint-sized cooking area without walls, vapors are likely to diffuse through your home faster. The last thing you want whilst whipping up a feast is smoky aromas wafting and attaching themselves to the rest of your home. A powerful chimney can help you restrict fumes within your kitchen. This capsule kitchen features a diminutive cooktop with a large chimney in the kitchen peninsula.
Pictured here is a vertically layered drawer that exploits an otherwise unproductive space along the cabinet range. The double-tracked drawer is an ideal harbor for oil, spices and other essentials one may want to keep within arm’s reach. If you have a longer space to fill, opt for a full-length pull-out which you can use to store utensils, food or crockery.
Instead of ceiling grilles, you could also choose rails or pegboards to hang your utensils. Alternatively, if your walls are already heaving with activity and you have a window to spare, it’s a good idea to install a pair of rails against your window frame. Other than using them for suspended storage as mentioned earlier, you can also use these to display little hanging planters.
When it comes to a small kitchen, it’s wise to spread your space vertically. Use your walls to tell your culinary story.