I spend a lot of time scouring the internet for smart, stylish small kitchens, always keeping an eye out for clever storage ideas or decorating details. This London kitchen is a little small-space charmer, and here are three reasons why:
1. The color is in the details. I love color, but in moderation, and usually always only against a strong neutral background. I like the thoughtful application of green here, seen painted on the lower shelf edge and IKEA's Bekvam stool and cart (which juts out just a bit near the front of the photo). Other shades of green pop up in the mixer on the counter, the wallpapered cabinet side, the pendant light, and the herb planter. It's subtle and spread around, but really brings life to the space.
2. Hanging storage where you wouldn't expect it. The wall shelves are one thing, of course, but that's to be expected. The thing I noticed were the tea towels. It looks like a hanger was installed on the underside of the lower shelf. This placement is smart for a couple reasons: 1) It obscures what looks to be a heater behind it, which means when you look into the kitchen you will see pretty tea towels instead of a metal construction, and 2) Hanging your towels right in front of a heater probably helps them dry quicker!
3. Groupings of two or three highly-used items, and only at the ends. Counter space is vital in a small kitchen — you need all you can get! This kitchen keeps a lot of counter space clear and available, but still creates little vignettes that give it a charming, homey look. The key is that these groupings contain only two or three items (the mixer, scale, and mortar and pestle, for example), are all functional items you're likely to use often, and placed at end of the countertops so as not to interfere with the workspace.
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