Whether you live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan or in Sydney’s CBD, city living is as hip as ever. Population concentration, however, has led to smaller living spaces and ultimately - smaller kitchens.
Coming from a Greek family, I feel for those of you who have to deal with a small cooking space, so I've compiled this list of handy hacks to help you transform your tiny kitchen.
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The first thing to pay attention to is the colour of your kitchen. Restrained colours like grey, white and black make your kitchen look neat and tidy. These neutral tones are your friend, whereas loud colours and patterned wallpapers can make your kitchen look messy and unorganised, and somehow smaller.
Whether you prefer your shiraz or sauvignon blanc, nothing kills kitchen storage more than alcohol. Instead of dedicating an entire cabinet to alcohol, look for a nice wooden wine rack. This can also double as a decorative piece.
Stuck for space? Check out our list of sneaky storage ideas for some inspiration.
Hidden appliances go a long way in maximising benchtop space. Simply use drawers and specialised cabinets to hide away appliances like your microwave and toaster, even the dishwasher and fridge. Concealing chunky, space-taking appliances will help make your small kitchen seem bigger than it really is.
Gone are the days of fridge magnets. These create clutter and just make your kitchen look disorganised. Alternatively, try using a little magnetic whiteboard to write important messages and the grocery list on.
Organise your utensil drawer and avoid leaving things out by dividing up space in your drawers. The key to making cooking enjoyable is to have an organised kitchen you actually want to be in, and compartmentalising your drawers goes a long way towards this. It also creates more space for things you wouldn't otherwise know where to put.
To maximise space, get rid of that trash can or that garbage bag hanging on the drawer handle. Instead, mount your bin on the cabinet under the sink. Not only is this practical, it hides away rubbish and frees up floor space. Just don’t forget to empty it.
Using stools instead of bulky chairs is trendy as well as a great way to save floor space. They also fit neatly under overhang benchtops and turn your kitchen into more of a social area.
If these hacks seem simple and affordable, it’s because they are! Take it from a Greek - the kitchen is where the magic happens, no matter how big or small.
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