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Spotlight On: Colour Inspiration and Storage Tips to Transform a Small Kitchen

Transform your small kitchen space with tonal colours and storage solutions from Dulux. Fresh colours and clever storage ideas for any small kitchen or kitchenette.


We’d all love a little more wiggle room in our kitchen or kitchenette, whether it’s extra counter space for cooking and cleaning, or floorspace for entertaining company. So, in this article, we’re putting the spotlight on small kitchens!

To help you make the most of the area you already have, we’ve put together 3 of our favourite small kitchen ideas. From clever colour choices to smart storage solutions, discover how little tweaks to your small kitchen design can make a big difference.

Small kitchen ideas: make space with colour

It’s true that paint colours have special powers, and creating the illusion of a larger space is one of them! Refresh your kitchen cabinets with pale tones to make the room feel light and airy. Here we’ve chosen Willow Tree, it’s a soft green that will open up any small kitchen design. Replacing your cabinet door handles is another clever idea. Go with a minimalist colour palette and keep things simple, this’ll give the space a sleek, seamless look.

Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood is the ideal finish for kitchens. It’s water-based, meaning it dries dry and won’t smell during the painting process.

willow tree kitchen kabinet close up

Small kitchen ideas: get smart with storage

The key to making a small kitchen design look more spacious is smart storage. Try to keep everyday clutter tucked away behind cupboard doors. There are plenty of space-saving solutions for neat and tidy cupboards, whether it’s easy-to-grab organisers or drawer dividers.

While open shelving gives you flexibility in a small kitchen or kitchenette, it can also make clutter visible. So, the trick is to ensure anything on display adds to the overall style. We’ve painted the open shelving you see here in Overtly Olive, just like the walls, to help it subtly blend into the background.

willow tree kitchen kabinet

Small kitchen ideas: use texture to your advantage

Other compact kitchen ideas include adding texture and pops of colour to the space. Colour can be a clever distraction technique. Bright kitchenware and wooden accents create focal points and draw focus away from the size of the room. While potted plants are great for adding breathing life into a busy kitchen, without it feeling too cluttered.

Did you find our narrow kitchen ideas handy? You might be interested in these four kitchen ideas that wow or long lasting kitchen colour ideas.

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