Having a U-shaped kitchen is probably the most practical solution for almost any home. It’s great for providing additional storage or appliance space, while at the same time adding a social element depending on how you design it. Although many assume a U-shaped kitchen is only for large spaces, small kitchens can benefit too! As long as you plan at least 2 metres of moving-around space, you can design the perfect U-shaped kitchen for your home. So, what design ideas will help you benefit from a U-shaped Kitchen?
Just like working with any small space in the home, the minimalist approach is ideal for making any space seem bigger. Consider whites or light greys with limited detailing to ensure the area appears as open as possible. Bright (but not blinding) lighting will also help enhance the size. Think about spotlighting under the cabinets/above work surfaces and hanging lights that can be placed along the third side.
Speaking of the third side, this could be extended to form a worktop-level breakfast bar. This can extend the kitchen space out into the centre of a room, perfect for those who want an open plan. A breakfast bar can act as a divider between food and lounging, while still bringing people together.
Working with a wide window? Make this the central anchor point of the scheme to fill the space with light. It’s a wonderful addition to a smaller kitchen as it really helps create a sense of openness. And whichever side your window is on is usually the best place to add your kitchen sink. The sink has always been traditionally placed under the window as most storage solutions, such as upper cabinets, work best over worktops. But the best thing about it is you’re given a lovely bright view when the time comes to clean up!
If the minimalist look isn’t right for you, we won’t advise against a pop of colour! You could opt for open shelves instead of upper cabinets to help expand the space and use contrasting wall colours to highlight the absence of cabinetry. Although there are many colour trends available, it’s important to pick one that works for you. Test our samples and see which one will truly pop in your home!
If one of the sides has an alcove, you can integrate a hob, oven and cooker hood beautifully to stand as a background to your breakfast bar area and encourage guests to look over to you while you’re bustling away!
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to create a U-shaped kitchen, regardless of the size you have to work with. These are only a few examples, but with careful planning, you will be on your way to having a beautiful kitchen with a U-shape design that will certainly provide the “wow” factor!
If so, you will certainly benefit from having a bespoke kitchen design service to bring you the finished look you truly want. At EBKB, we can offer a free home design visit and discuss what you may have in mind for your new kitchen. If you would like to learn more about our services, get in touch to speak to a member of our team.