Culinary Crannies: Classic Yet Compact Kitchens for Aspiring Chefs

In most households, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house; yet for a chef or anyone who loves to cook, it's a room that has to function extremely well no matter how big or small it happens to be. Some chefs actually prefer a compact kitchen design where items are close at hand rather than an oversized space that isn't conducive to convenience. If you are designing a small-space kitchen, the following ideas will provide some inspiration for your plan.

Space-Saving Appliances

Many of today's appliance manufacturers are designing products that are ideal for compact kitchens. Many space-saving appliances can be mounted beneath cabinets like microwaves. Items like refrigerators and even toasters are made in slimmer sizes so they take up less space. By mounting appliances, countertops can be freed up to function as more efficient workspaces.

Custom Cabinetry

Cabinets may be a hallmark of kitchens, but not all cabinetry is created equal when it comes to a small kitchen. The trick to ideal cabinetry is to install cabinets that adapt to you rather trying to adapt all your needs to it. Aspiring chefs need storage to accommodate items like blenders, torches, food processors, etc...in a way that facilitates use. If you have to bury that food processer in the back corner of a deep cabinet, it's difficult to access and not geared for an efficient kitchen. Therefore, choose cabinetry that can house precise items conveniently. Custom cabinets among some of the most popular kitchen remodeling trends in Boston and they can enhance any kitchen in marvelous ways.

Open Shelving

Installing open shelving is ideal for small kitchens. It is the perfect place to store items that are needed all the time or to showcase items in a manner that doesn't interfere with workspaces or the streamlined flow of the kitchen. Use shelves to store dishes, cookbooks, bottles, canisters, or even spices. Effective shelving complements the chef's need for convenience and efficiency and helps prevent islands can countertops from becoming cluttered with necessary items that are needed within arm's reach.

Effective Décor

One of the reasons many cooks dislike their kitchens is because they seem dated or out step appearance-wise. An aspiring chef is spends a lot of time in their kitchen setting, so the look of the space is uniquely important in subtle ways. Will a classic Zen decorative scheme inspire you or will something more modern and, perhaps, industrial fill the bill? The look of the room should suit the chef and enhance the room ways that resonate with the cook who, after all, will be spending considerable time there.

When you take time to design your small space in a way that reflects the way you want to use your kitchen, you can achieve an efficient plan that supports your cooking. In fact, you can achieve a world-class kitchen in spite of its compact size when you take time to deliberate on the design and truly make the most of every nook and cranny of the space.

Jeremy S loves the artistry of food. He enjoys blogging about traditional and innovative tools and kitchen designs for the passionate chef.