Kitchen Design Ideas that Balance Aesthetics and Space Utilization

As minimalistic designs make a resurgence, it is easier to balance aesthetics with space utilization while planning living spaces. However, when it comes to the kitchen, the concept often gets thrown out the window. After all, you have your stove, the pots and pans, the appliances, and just so much more! But did you know that simple planning can make this overwhelming task easier?

Here are some kitchen design ideas to make artistic use of your space:

Replace Cabinets With Drawers

While cabinets are a great way to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your kitchen, they are not as space-efficient. A lot of usable space gets wasted in areas above the items stored inside the cabinet. In such a case, replacing these cupboards with drawers or pull-outs can be an excellent way to store more items without trading off on the look and feel of the kitchen. In fact, a single cabinet space can house 3 to 4 drawers, which adds extra points for organization and accessibility.

Rethink Cabinet Designs

Of course, replacing cabinets with drawers can only take place within the realms of reason. And so, even if you do have to make do with cabinets, a few tweaks can improve its functionality, aesthetics, and space utilization.

For a start, replace those ugly knobs with finger pulls or magnetic strips to make the kitchen look bigger. Also, divide your cabinet space into varying heights to accommodate items of different shapes and sizes without wasting space.

Finally, extend these cupboards all the way to the ceiling as that space would collect dust and remain unutilized anyway. Plus, the addition of height will make the kitchen appear taller.

Open Up to Open Shelving

Cabinets and drawers consume space - even if the space inside of them is unutilized. As such, they can induce a sense of constraint. If you have just the bare necessities in your kitchen, then choosing open shelves can add to the illusion of space and make the kitchen appear airier. Further, you can play around with the display to change the layout of the items to keep things dynamic and visually pleasing.

Add a Moveable Kitchen Island

A kitchen island can be wasteful, especially when you are working with limited space. But on the other hand, it is also very useful and easy on the eyes. So how do you strike a balance? By investing in a slim rolling kitchen or bar cart that can double as your movable kitchen island! It conserves counter space, makes the kitchen appear less cluttered, and even acts as a temporary prep area. And once you’re done, you can roll it right out and free up the space!

Opt for Light Colors

It’s no secret that colors influence the aesthetics of a place - and the kitchen is no exception! But if you want to make the kitchen look roomy and appealing, then light colors are the way to go. An all-white kitchen with shades of ivory, cream, off-white can truly make the kitchen look regal.

Even if you don’t want to redo the entire kitchen, the use of a light palette on the walls, countertops, backsplashes, can do the trick. For a more frugal renovation, you can simply invest in light-colored pots, pans, chopping boards, linens, etc. to upgrade your kitchen.



Having a small kitchen doesn’t have to limit your ability to enjoy it to the fullest! Use the tips above, or contact a reliable contractor to get the home of your dreams.