Small Kitchens: Tips From an Architect

Hello, in this post you will learn how to plan the space of your kitchen in a practical way that facilitates the work of cooking, and still bonus you will be inspired with wonderful photos of small kitchens to suit all tastes. Come with me and I’m sure you’ll like!

Small Kitchens Tips From an Architect

I always liked kitchens, as a good granddaughter of a ninth Italian cuisine has always been my corner of creativity in the house, that space yummy that I gathered the family around the table to chat while you prepare a nice folder.

Today the kitchens no longer have that size as those of the houses of our you, and it is not easy to turn around in spaces tiny, so you need to know how to plan the kitchen so that it is functional.

The apartments and modern homes usually have small kitchens, this is because with the rush of today’s life people do not always have time to cook, many times the kitchen only works as a support for the coffee morning.

But, there are always people who value a good meal at “the house”, that has that spirit Master Chef and enjoy to cook for real, then even with a small space have to plan the kitchen to prepare delicious dishes. See below what are the sectors of the kitchens and what are the main models of kitchens.

Plants Small Kitchens

In the designs of small kitchens, or not, always has to be considered the functional aspect of space, the basic functions of the kitchen are:

  • The storage of the food (grey) and kitchen utensils (orange);
  • The preparation of food (yellow) and cooking (red);
  • Cleaning (blue);

When planning a kitchen you need to think about what will have to be stored (cutlery, dishes, basins, kitchen appliances, dry foods, chilled foods, cleaning products, towels, spices, etc.). How this will be stored so that it is easy to access, mainly the things that are most used as condiments, cups, plates, cutlery.

The size of the appliances such as the stove and fridge can be set by the need of the family, for example, I usually cook once a week the vegetables and sauces and congelo all for that during the week I have meals ready, so my fridge has a good space for the freezer, because in addition to the meats I congelo much of anything.

Each family will have a specific need for the space and accessibility (height of the countertops, cabinets, etc.). This planning of the heights, passes and accesses is called ergonomics of the kitchen, so a kitchen project planned will always be better than the modular kitchens that are ready and customization according to those who will use the kitchen.

Learn more about ergonomics in the kitchen.

The kitchens planned are ideal for small spaces because the cabinets can best fill each available space, the corners that are usually a problem may have solutions smart access.

Another important issue are the work stations of the kitchen, whether it is for a domestic kitchen or a professional kitchen it is important to divide the space according to the movement of whoever is cooking and it is often more than one person.

It is necessary to easily access the three main points of kitchen: sink, stove and fridge. This trio form the professionals of architecture call the work triangle, because they are the main points of movement in a kitchen. The ideal is always to form a triangle between them, as the figure below shows:

Of all the models of kitchens the only one that does not allow for the work triangle is a kitchen linear, or on-line. That is a model of common good in small kitchens. In this case, the stove, the sink and the fridge are lined up. The best placement of these points for a kitchen linear is to keep the sink between the stove and the refrigerator, always separated by benches.

Read more about all the models of kitchens.

The kitchen is linear is indicated when there is no space to be placed on countertops in both the kitchen walls, you need to at least leave a passage of 80 cm between stands or between the countertop and the wall, the ideal is between 120 cm and 150 cm for it to be comfortable for more than one person.

Small Kitchens: Important Tips

Check it out right now useful tips for small kitchens.

Kitchen cabinets: Many times when we think about small kitchens is already in the head the idea to fill the wall with cabinets up to the ceiling, which is valid to increase the area of storage of food and utensils, but on the other hand can cause the feeling of a space suffocating and oppressive.

In this case it is always good to invest in light colors and coatings translucent (with a bit of transparency) to reduce the visual impact of the cabinets and to better reflect the lighting. Or else, plan cabinets only on the underside, leaving the upper space free to circulate better air.

Lighting for Kitchen: The light always expands the spaces, in the kitchen it is important to have great lighting both natural during the day and artificial at night, the colors and the textures of foods need to be understood to facilitate the free. The ideal is to keep the sink in front of the window, because it is where we wash the food.

The kitchen light should be neutral or white with good intensity, it is necessary to avoid the bulbs yellow that distort the “natural color” that we perceive food. Always avoid shadows, light should be uniform in all the surfaces.

Have a view to the outside or to the room when it is cooking relieves the sense of confinement for those who cook, many people do not like kitchens that are integrated, due to the odor of food spread through the rest of the house. But, is it possible to put a glass that separates, but has permeability visual between these spaces. Or, create a kitchen adaptable that it can integrate or isolate easily.

Colors for Kitchen: light colors are great for small kitchens, because it reflects the light better and increase the feeling of space, the white and yellow are good colors for the kitchen. The dark colors can be used to give depth in contrast with the surfaces clear.

Colors such as brown, red, pink, yellow, orange and green are ideal for the kitchen, because they are colours that refer to the food. Already the blue is the worst color for a kitchen, because there are no food blue.

Coatings for Kitchen: The kitchen is one place that needs to be cleaned, but it is the place more dirty. Therefore the coatings for the kitchen should always be easy to clean, impermeable and preferably smooth or with a texture minimum.

The marble floor is not the best friend of the kitchen, there are stone less porous that are most suitable for wet areas such as granite and quartz. In the kitchen countertops preferably the stones are easy to clean, can receive hot pans without burning and will not scratch surfaces as stainless steel.

On the walls porcelain tile, epoxy paint, cement burned and pads are good options. Already the wall paper, brick to view and other materials more porous only in the areas further away from the sink and the stove.

Ventilation in the Kitchen: the Smell of grilled food is good, but not in the whole house! It is important that the air circulate in the kitchen, and that takes the smell out, without getting into the intimate area. As in general the small kitchens only have a window – when it has – is always indicated to use the hood over the stove.

Carefully folded with the kitchen integrated with the dining room and living room. Imagine making one small fried fish and the smell impregnated in the sofa, in the curtains or on carpet, it would be a complete terror, then hoods…. hood… and hood.

Kitchen shelves: You will hear that the shelves extend the feeling of space, to me the shelves amplify the feeling of clutter and mess, the shelf is just to let that stand mixer from KitchenAid will be shows, not to save the dishes, because it empoeirando, dirty, engordura.

Want a kitchen “cute” or want a kitchen of the truth? The kitchen of truth, to those who cook the same, dirty. Even the steam ends up littering the walls.

Not “penduricalhe” tranqueiras in the kitchen only what you use of the truth. Less is more, in a small kitchen this is the rule. If you always use: knives, spices, cutlery. In this case you can hang with hooks, magnet, etc. Now if you don’t use these things, always, choose to store in kitchen drawers and cupboards.

Only the necessary: it Is obvious, but there are people who insist on buy that bread machine you never use in life, or that deep fryer that you spend 2 gallons of oil for frying and is entulhando the kitchen.

The that you use of truth? Will need that peeler corn that is rocking it on Facebook? Or the one utensil that only serves to take the leaf of the strawberry super useful?

In small kitchens less is word order, literally, for otherwise it is impossible to find space to store so much junk. Agree with me?

These are my tips for small kitchens as an architect and as a cook amadora passionate about cooking.

If you have any questions send your comment, if you want to disagree, agree, say type there, your comment is always welcome.

Photos of Small Kitchens

Now check out some photos that I have selected small kitchens beautiful to inspire you!