Modern small kitchens may be as large or as small as your imagination allows. Larger models can sometimes be quite intimidating when you are accustomed to sprawling kitchens, but when you know how to approach them from a logical point of view, they can often be as easy as using stylish kitchen cabinet pulls and contemporary countertop units. You will also want to pay attention to the flooring, lighting, kitchen cabinets, and accessories that you have chosen. When it comes to the kitchen itself, you should start by considering the size and layout of the room. In this way, you can plan out the layout for your kitchen island.
One of the most common sizes of kitchen islands is that which is located against a wall. This arrangement has the advantage of allowing you to use the entire wall space for your counters and cabinets. Most home designers will agree that having an open layout in this case makes the kitchen appear larger and gives it a more spacious feel.
If you prefer to keep the open concept, you can always include a kitchen island with built-in storage nooks. This will allow you to add more storage space by using stools to prop up your counters. Stools can either be built-in with storage compartments or you can purchase them separately. If you opt to purchase your own stools, you might want to purchase ones that are made of wood, because wood adds a rustic element to any room.
If you do not have the space for a wall-mounted kitchen island, you can always place your island on a small island shelf or on top of a small kitchen table. A small island shelf, especially, will serve as an ideal space-saving addition to a kitchen that already has limited counter and cabinet space. Pantry cabinets, on the other hand, can also be used as a storage area for your smaller kitchen appliances, spices, sugar, cooking ingredients and many other kitchen items. Pantry storage nooks usually provide both additional storage space and a surface where you can display your favorite cookbooks or knickknacks.
It is important that you select your kitchen shelving according to the amount of counter space you have. There are various types of kitchen shelf systems on the market today. Some of the most popular include kitchen racking, wire kitchen shelving and free-standing shelves. Wire shelving is ideal for small kitchen spaces because it takes up very little counter space. Free-standing shelves are perfect for kitchens that have ample counter space, but they take up more space than the shelves manufactured with wire.
When shopping for kitchen shelving, it is important to choose those that go well with your kitchen design and color. You can also opt to go for clear shelving so that you can view what you have stored in your shelves and determine what items you need to buy. A good way to find out what type of shelving will best suit your needs and your kitchen are to go online and do some online shopping, which is generally free.