Follow these smart décor tips from the Bemz Design Team to create space (or, at least, the illusion of it) and personalise your spatially-challenged kitchen.
Small kitchens dictate small-scale, visually light-weight furnishings, with savvy storage and worktop solutions helping to squeeze out the last smidgen of space.
1. Opt for a cohesive palette of light, bright shades and materials to create a seamless, expansive look and an illusion of greater space, dotted with bold accents of colour.
2. Use a long, narrow table, which doubles as a food preparation surface and dining table.
3. Add a bench, a great space saver, softened with cushions in chic, colourful cushion covers in a variety of styles and textiles from Bemz. The recently released 3-pack cushion covers from Bemz, such as the Scandinavian Country No. 1, is the perfect design tweak, with cushion covers in Silver Grey/Absolute White Gotland Stripe and Candy Pink/Absolute White Stockholm Stripe Panama Cotton, and Vanilla Yellow Belgian Linen Blend.
Bemz 3-pack Bohemian Chic
Both the bench and the table can be pushed up against the wall when not in use and give you some precious extra inches.
Bemz covers for Nils stools in Light Denim Blue Belgian Linen Blend
4. Group stools or chairs without arms around the table, as they are easier to get in and out of when space is tight. A set of Nils stools or Henriksdal chairs from Ikea are the ideal solution, given a fresh look in new stool covers or chair covers from Bemz.
“Here, you can have fun with accent colours, enabling you to create a highly personalised style in your kitchen.” says Bemz Creative Director Lisbeth Toivonen. “Set a casual, family-friendly mood for mealtimes by mixing and matching covers, swapping for new tones when the mood strikes. For example, inject summer into your kitchen with new crisp Panama Cotton chair covers in Aqua, Peach, Light Denim Blue and Sand Beige from Bemz.”
5. Lighting is key in making your small kitchen look spacious. Let in as much natural light as you can – swapping bulky window dressing for neat café curtains in lovely linen. Although whites and creams are obvious choices, muted pastels, such as Lavender Rosendal Pure Washed Linen, are also great for conjuring up a roomy, airy feeling. A new line of made-to-measure curtains will be available from Bemz in August this year.
6. Create a focal point in the kitchen with a stunning tablecloth or place mats, made from Bemz fabric per metre, available in over 200 machine-washable colours and patterns. A summer-inspired striped tablecloth in Mandarin Orange/Soft White Gotland Stripe will make your narrow kitchen feel broader and breezier.
For more inspiration on how Bemz can help you style your compact kitchen, visit www.bemz.com.
Credits: All photos from Bemz except for the Café Curtains photo from Martha Stewart