Designing your small but beautiful bespoke kitchen

At Naked Kitchens, small kitchens are just as important to us as any size kitchen.  Working with limited space challenges us to be creative with the way we design your kitchen. We love clever to maximise kitchen workspace in a neat, uncluttered and beautiful package.

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There are huge advantages to small kitchens, and not just that it is quicker to clean up! With everything within reach, we can design a kitchen that is moulded around the cook’s needs and desires. We can create distinctive areas around your kitchen for prepping, cooking, and storing – the result is one organic design that meets all needs.

To do this, we break the kitchen down into four parts to help create a larger, functional and beautiful kitchen…

There are huge advantages to small kitchens, and not just that it is quicker to clean up! With everything within reach, we can design a kitchen that is moulded around the cook’s needs and desires. We can create distinctive areas around your kitchen for prepping, cooking, and storing – the result is one organic design that meets all needs.

To do this, we break the kitchen down into four parts to help create a larger, functional and beautiful kitchen…

The Cabinets.

Keep it simple, and make sure the layout of your cabinets utilises the space as efficiently as possible. As each and every Naked Kitchen is made-to-measure, we make the most of every millimetre available to us. For instance, with custom void cut-outs you can obtain vital space from behind the cabinets as well as increase your floor space.

custom void cutout

As for material, we love wood since it oozes warmth, its organic beauty gently filling the kitchen without taking the spotlight away from the design. Wood also ages gracefully, acquiring a wonderful rustic character overtime that is hard to beat.

For reducing clutter why not use wall cabinets with wall racks to store plates and glasses. Fitting shelf units into corners will keep the kitchen feeling open as well. Forgoing doors all together on the wall units will open the upper part of your kitchen, making the space visually bigger.

bespoke cutlery drawer

Base cabinets with specially crafted utensil drawers add a further bespoke touch, whilst providing a neat and useful storage solution. Internal cabinet fittings like these help to keep things organised throughout the kitchen.
Industry leading fixtures and fittings can hold up to 60kg, allowing you to consolidate all your heavy pots and pans into one handy pull-out drawer.

Organising your cabinets as one complete system for essentials and food will help keep the clutter at bay. Handy storage solutions such as pull out corner cabinet shelves and different size drawers can package all your kitchenware away, leaving you with the maximum amount of worktop space.

Much like the massive capital cities of the world, when space is an issue, look up! Use hooks on the walls of your kitchen to hang pots, pans and cooking utensils. With a little artistic flair, your hook arrangement can make your hanging cookware quite decorative.

The Style. The Colour.

When it comes to style and colour, a NAKED kitchen is limitless. We found – with our experience – that subtlety and seamlessness work best with small kitchens as it makes the space look and feel larger. Simplistic, minimal styles are in-vogue right now. The streamlined look keeps the kitchen space looking uncluttered.

minimalist bespoke kitchen

If you prefer the ‘eclectic boutique’ look, small kitchens lend themselves wonderfully to freestanding furniture pieces. When combined with open plan styling such as open shelving or glass door wall units, the majority of the space will be usefully filled.

Light neutral colours tend to not absorb as much visual space, allowing you to be bolder with the shades of the wall, window frames, or even the roof! Add a contrasting touch to the neutral tones by using a separate shade for the wall units.

The Lighting.

Letting in as much light as possible is a key part of making a small kitchen appear larger. Before moving on to artificial lighting, try a few simple tricks that makes sure you get the maximum amount of light in. De-cluttering is completely free and is a great way of letting natural light shine throughout your kitchen uninhibited. Forgoing thick curtains and using roller blinds or thin, light coloured half-curtains offer you privacy as well as allowing just the right amount of light in too.

Clever positioning of your lighting will get rid of any dark spots and open your kitchen out completely. Soft lighting with a wide angle will evenly spread light over the kitchen, resulting in less shadows. Positioning the lighting by shelving and glass door units creates ‘feature’ areas to place your fine kitchenware and glassware.

The Appliances.

Choosing space-saving refrigerators and ovens is a fantastic way of retaining as much floor and cabinet space as possible. Prioritising these two appliances is important since every kitchen requires them!

small kitchen design

For the smaller appliances, try consolidating them to one cupboard, to be used when they are needed. To be honest, the only small appliance that truly needs to be called upon throughout the day is the kettle! Since our cabinets are completely made-to-measure, we can create spaces within the cabinetry for smaller appliances such as microwaves, avoiding the need to use up that valuable worktop space.