Whilst most of us dream of having a beautiful, large kitchen, for many of us, that dream will stay just that. Make the most of the space you have with some clever ideas to maximise your storage.
Just a few clever storage ideas can help organise your space; a place for everything and everything in its place. Cabinets and shelves are a great, traditional way of both storing and displaying things, particularly crockery and serving dishes. Do be wary of how much you are storing though to avoid messiness being visible.
Hanging pans on a rail above the kitchen table, or better still, an island, creates an eye-catching display that keeps all utility pots out of the way and tidy. If you have space for an island, you have a great opportunity for storing all manner of things that do not need a lot of space but should be kept together, like spices if you do not have a rack, or occasional tableware and cutlery.
Colour code your displays to create impact. White crockery can make a big impact, but colour always injects some personality into your room. Crockery and floral displays are a great way of introducing colour in your kitchen, and your cookery and recipe books should be on display. Sort them by spine colour and size, line them up on your shelf, and instantly you have a focal point in the room. Children’s artwork is another great way to add personal touches that mean something to your family in the room that for many is the heart of the home.
Look creatively at the space you have and think creatively about where you can put extra storage. Put up a shelf above your doorway, or a bespoke plate rack on spare wall space. Hanging space can also be used on the back of doors provided that the weight is not excessive; think kitchen roll, tea towels or small utensils.
Leading DIY retailer B&Q has some more ideas for adding to your existing kitchen so you need not spend a fortune. And once you have found lots of extra space, specialist retailers like www.247cateringsupplies.co.uk have a great range of catering equipment to kit out your new look kitchen.
Where possible, keep food off the floor. Woven baskets are a great way to store vegetables like potatoes or onions, and there are so many beautiful fruit bowls and banana hooks to help keep your fruit looking fresh and appealing.
House & Garden magazine has some ideas to take from the kitchen through the rest of the house to make the most of all your space.
None of these ideas are particularly difficult to recreate. The key is looking at your space differently and seeing how you might use it more effectively. You might find more than you thought, and there is no need to move at all.