Small kitchen design tips

If you’re a big fan of cooking, a small kitchen might seem like a hindrance. In actuality, small kitchens can be just as stylish and functional as their larger counterparts with the right design approach. If you’re feeling cramped during your culinary endeavours, here’s how to maximise your cooking space:

Streamline your cabinets 

One of the most crucial aspects of small kitchen design is creating tactile storage solutions. With limited square footage, it’s essential to make the most of every inch. Utilise your kitchen’s vertical space by installing tall cabinets that reach up to the ceiling. This not only provides more storage but also draws the eye upward, creating the illusion of a taller and more spacious room. 

Make your worktops multi-functional 

The kitchen is arguably the most functional room in your home, so make sure your countertops are prepared for a multitude of uses. If your cupboard space is limited, utilise spice and mug racks to free up some room. The more items you can mount to the wall or prop on a shelf, the better. Freeing up your counter space not only creates an illusion of a large kitchen but also ensures an organised cooking space. 

Pull-out shelves and drawers 

Consider installing pull-out shelves and drawers in your cabinets. These handy additions make it easier to access items stored in the back of deep cabinets, eliminating the need to rummage through clutter. 

Open shelving 

Open shelving can be an excellent option for small kitchens, as it creates an open and airy feel. However, be selective about what you display on these shelves so as to maintain a tidy appearance. 

Play with lighting 

Proper lighting can make a small kitchen appear more inviting and spacious. Install under-cabinet lighting to illuminate your countertops and create a visually appealing contrast. This not only adds functionality but also enhances the kitchen’s overall aesthetics. You could also hang pendant lights above your kitchen island or dining area. These stylish fixtures can serve as both task lighting and decorative elements, making your small kitchen feel more sophisticated. 

Integrate your appliances 

Where possible, opt for built-in appliances like ovens, microwaves, and refrigerators. These can be concealed behind cabinetry panels, providing a streamlined appearance, and freeing up valuable counter space. 

Choose a suitable colour scheme 

The right colour palette can significantly impact the perception of space in your small kitchen. Use light and neutral colours for your walls, cabinets, and countertops. These hues reflect more light and create a sense of openness. White, pale grey and soft pastels are excellent choices. 

Accent with bold colours 

While a neutral base is advisable, don’t be afraid to introduce pops of bold colour through accessories, such as kitchen utensils, dishes, or even a vibrant backsplash. These accents can add personality and interest to your kitchen. 

Contact us 

Need help managing your investment or you have a property that’s ready to sell? Get in touch with your local Guild Member today.

Financial Services

Contact a specialist from Aston & Co Financial Services for help with finding the right mortgage.

Read What Our
Customers Say

Jodie Skinner

From the beginning, our experience with Michael and Rhys has been brilliant. Whenever we had a question to ask or needed some additional information, they were both just a phone call away and were always happy to provide us with an answer. As first time buyers, they made us feel ...

Sue Smith

We can’t fault Aston and co in Syston, for their handling of the sale of our property. We were kept up to date weekly and nothing was too much trouble. Both Micheal and Rhys were approachable and very professional. I would definitely recommend using them for an efficient and hassle ...


Having had issues with other agents, we came to Astons who gave us an honest appraisal of our house – not overpricing it like others to gain business. Michael and Rhys are a great partnership and Rhys being local was able to provide viewers with information that other agents hadn’t. ...

Andy Freer

Recently sold our house with Aston & Co. We honestly could not have asked for more. From the moment Michael came to value the house, to the day to day communication from Rhys we have not had to chase them once. Michael and Rhys are a great partnership and a ...

V Pears

We chose Aston & Co in Syston to handle the sale of our property. We were kept up to date regularly and Michael and Rhys dealt with all matters efficiently and quickly.We would definitely recommend using them for an efficient and hassle-free move.

Gareth Mueller

We bought a house from a vendor who used Astons & Co as their agent. Rhys was helpful and professional from start to finish and regularly kept us in the loop with how things were progressing. Communication was efficient and swift all the way through.

Julie Pearson

From the first visit to value our property to the final phone call informing us of completion Rhys and Michael at the Syston office have been brilliant, down to earth, realistic with valuation very easy to get in touch with.Making everything less stressful.Regular updates were very reassuring . I would ...

Charlotte Hings

The team at Astons are great. They’re really down to earth, take time to listen and help resolve anything they can for you.Their communication is excellent as they always keep you in the loop with what is happening with your sale. They keep both seller and purchaser happy.Fees are reasonable ...

Julie Perkins

We have recently used Aston & Co to sell our property. At all times we received regular reports from them on interest and following viewings . When our property sold Astons managed the chain keeping all parties fully informed and I believe that without their input our sale would have ...

Tina Poole

Michael and Rhys handled both our sale and purchases. They had good local knowledge, their valuation turned out to be on point. Our sale viewings were nearly all on the same day and we accepted an offer very quickly. We were kept up to date regularly with that and our ...

How Much is Your Property Worth?

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation.