The kitchen is referred to as the ‘heart of the home’ and it’s often the most-used room in a house. Not only is it a space where meals are prepared, but it’s somewhere families will gather to talk about their day. If you have a small kitchen, you may be wondering how you can turn this room into a welcoming space that you enjoy spending time in. Fortunately, with some creativity and careful planning, you can transform your kitchen. 


A kitchen renovation may seem daunting at first, but with some professional guidance, you can ensure you’re creating a practical and stylish space. No matter what size your kitchen may be, below we have put together some tips to help you make the most of the space you do have and give your old kitchen a new lease of life.


Embrace a Minimalist Style

Less is more when it comes to small kitchens. If your kitchen is cluttered, it will instantly look smaller and a minimalist approach can help you to create a more spacious feel. Think about what you do and don’t use in your kitchen, and explore some of the different ways you can free up space on your worktops. Minimalism not only makes your kitchen feel more spacious but it also makes it easier to keep things tidy and organised, improving functionality. 

Utilise the Vertical Space

When your floor space is limited, you should find ways to use the wall space instead. In addition to classic kitchen cupboards and drawers, you should consider wall-mounted shelves and racks for extra storage space. By using your vertical space, you can ensure you have enough floor space to easily move around the room. Storage like open shelving can add a touch of style to your kitchen too and you can display an array of items to enhance the visual appeal. 

Choose Light Colours

The colours and finishes you choose during a kitchen refurbishment can have a huge impact on the final look and feel of the room. Light colours can help to open up your small kitchen and create the illusion of more space. Opting for light-coloured walls, floors, cabinet doors and drawer fronts will help to ensure the kitchen feels bright and airy. You can still incorporate darker or brighter accent colours into the interior design with accessories and decorative elements too.

Use Reflective Surfaces

Following on from the above, you should also consider using reflective surfaces in a smaller kitchen to add depth. Things such as glass backsplashes, gloss-finish kitchen units and pearlescent tiles can all help light to bounce around the space, making your kitchen feel more open and inviting. When accessorising your kitchen, consider incorporating a mirror into the decor too, this can help to create the illusion of more space.

Get Creative with Storage

Think outside the box when it comes to storage solutions. There are lots of different ways you can make your existing kitchen cabinets work more efficiently, from chopping board and pan lid organisers to pull-out shelves. Don’t forget about the inside of your cabinet doors too, installing small hooks or racks will enable you to hang kitchen essentials out of sight. Making your kitchen storage work harder will prevent clutter on your worktops. 

Find Compact Appliances

When you’re refurbishing a small kitchen, you should explore compact and space-saving appliances that are specifically designed for smaller spaces. Appliances like slim dishwashers and multi-cookers can free up some much-needed space for storage. You can even install built-in appliances for a more streamlined look in your new kitchen. Think about how you can use multi-functional furniture to your advantage too and get creative when furnishing the space. 

Planning a Kitchen Refurbishment

Just because you have a small kitchen doesn’t mean it can’t become a space that you enjoy spending time in. With the right design solutions, you can make the most of your kitchen and turn it into an inviting space. At Steve Rolt Home Improvements we have the knowledge, skill and experience required to turn even the smallest of spaces into highly-functional and aesthetically pleasing kitchens. 

We understand how important it is to have a kitchen that meets all of your needs and we can help you to navigate different design options to suit your lifestyle. Every kitchen project we complete is as unique as the homeowners we work with and we know that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to kitchen design. 

To find out more about kitchen refurbishments and how our experts can help you to create a completely new kitchen, get in touch with us. Call us on 07739 723103 or email us at, we’re always happy to help.