Getting The Most Out Of A Small Kitchen

We can’t always move into the house of our dreams and when we do move into a new home it is likely that one room is going to that bit smaller or impractical. One of the rooms that this can hit the hardest is in the kitchen. We have all lived or been in a house with an uncomfortable sized kitchen and this can be a definite downside to a home, especially when you consider that the kitchen is seen as the heart of a home and is integral to social occasions such as dinner parties, family meals and general interactions throughout the day.

But never fear, if you haven’t been blessed with a well-endowed kitchen then there is hope for you yet. There are a variety of tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your kitchen space and here are some of out favourites.

Be Organised
First thing’s first, you have to get organised if you want a small kitchen to look good. That means before you start decorating and DIYing, you are going to have a clear out and clean of any unused and unwanted junk.

Utilise Empty Space
Don’t leave windowsills and empty corners bare, instead introduce small appliances and storage units that will help you get the most out of your space. Adding some herbs or plants to a windowsill is a great way of bringing some life into your kitchen and drawing the eye to the light rather than having people focus on the room size.

Storage Is Essential
We all know that there can never be too many storage options in a kitchen. Try to introduce intelligent ones that are also stylish, you want to match practicality with looks to ensure your kitchen is as modern and fresh as possible. Wooden baskets or crates are a great way of creating a storage option without the price tag and they also give a kitchen a very homely feel.

Look For Intelligent Products
If space really is at a premium then look to modern product designs as a way of saving space. There are plenty of designs that have been created specifically to save you space and they are definitely worth having in most cases.

Use Height
If you have very little room then look to your ceiling for storage. Whether this is by having higher cabinets or hanging pots and pans from the walls or actual ceiling itself, they are relatively cheap and cool looking storage options that will free up an incredible amount of drawer space.

Food Storage
Think about what food you store and how much space it takes up. If you can find an alternate way of storing something so it become more of a feature than a storage problem then this is ideal. Think about spice racks or even putting cereal into glass jars rather than leaving them in their big cumbersome cardboard boxes.

Windows
We mentioned them briefly earlier, but natural light is hugely important in creating a friendly and positive atmosphere. Try to let in as much natural light as possible, so remove those old blinds and emphasise windows as much as possible.


Freshen Up Your Home With Laminate

If your home’s flooring has seen better days then don’t fear there is a cheap and popular solution that could just be for you. Of all the types of flooring available on the market there are few that are as versatile and popular as laminate has become. It is a material that some loathe but the vast majority of us love and today we are celebrating it by looking at some of its benefits.

Easy Installation
When we think of modern lifestyles we usually associate them with stress, a lack of perceived time and trying to be as practical as possible. Of all the flooring options available, laminate is the one that offers you the least stress and time consumption. It is easy to install and equally as easy to maintain, because of its cheapness it will never have you too stressed if there is an accident either. Compare it to installing a fresh cream carpet and you can see how it is a more comforting flooring option as you won’t have to worry about the effects of a red wine spillage and dirt won’t show as easily.

It Is Modern & Stylish
As well as it being a pretty cheap flooring option let us not forget that it is also an attractive flooring option! Laminate offers flooring that is basically a thin layer of an applique covered by several layers of protective material. What this means is that it is capable of being made to look like other materials, giving you cheaper alternatives to the real thing. Have you always loved the look of a particular type of wood or stone but you aren’t willing to splash the cash to get it? Then laminate might just have the solution for you. Laminate is essentially a mimic that can be used to create whatever look you are going for and it can be replaced or removed just as easily as it is installed if you do not like the end look that has been created.

It Lasts
Just because laminate is an inexpensive alternative to other flooring options doesn’t mean that it lacks quality or durability. If anything its several protective layers make it incredibly versatile and able to withstand the majority of damage done to it. If you’ve had a particularly bad accident on it then you can always just replace one or two boards…simple. Unfortunately we are used to modern products being cheap and breaking easily but we shouldn’t just come to accept this and laminate is one of those products that although it may be cheap, it goes against the understanding that cheap means poor quality.

Laminate has definitely become the staple of modern homes, especially if you were to go into a showroom or to take a look at freshly built apartments. The flooring solution might not necessarily be for everyone but if you are looking for a cheap and modern option that gives a home a fresh and clean look then go no further than laminate.