26 September 2017

Small kitchens and bathrooms can be big on style and substance, so long as they are well planned, with quality fixtures and fittings that enhance their surroundings.

One of the biggest considerations in compact kitchens and bathrooms is light; if the space lacks natural lighting from windows then adding good, bright task lighting is a must. Positioned correctly, this will also make the room feel much bigger, particularly when combined with polished finishes on countertops and worktops that will bounce light around the room.

Sticking to one neutral colour and material will also help to create a streamlined, uncluttered look. In these circumstances less is more, and choosing the same material for your kitchen flooring and wall cladding, for example, will be far easier on the eye. Similarly, in the bathroom where an open-plan showering area maximises on space in compact situations, choosing the same floor and wall tiles throughout will create a minimal, luxury effect, rather than breaking up the bathroom into separate areas, which can make the space feel enclosed and claustrophobic.

Ceralsio from CRL Stone is perfect for such environments, as it is suitable for kitchen and bathroom countertops, floor tiling and wall-cladding. Durable, non-porous and resistant to scratches and stains. Tiles are available in two thicknesses – 6mm for wall cladding and 10mm for floor tiling – and a large choice of sizes from 50 x 50 cm to 160 x 320 cm. This porcelain flooring and wall tiling can be teamed with a countertop or a vanity top made from the same durable material for continuity of design throughout the room.

In the small kitchen, keep worktops clear of clutter by making the most of storage; use wall space wisely here to ensure there are enough cabinets to hide the clutter caused by saucepans, utensils and crockery. This will leave worksurfaces visible, which instantly creates the impression of space. The same rule applies in the bathroom too; make use of the space beneath and above the washbasin, in corners and even under the bath to ensure your countertop is clear and clutter-free.

Be clever with colour in the small kitchen and bathroom too. Dark colours will make a compact room feel smaller, so it is wise to stick to lighter shades to make the space appear bigger. This applies just as much to worktops and countertops as to furniture, as they cover a significant proportion of the overall space. By choosing a light-coloured worktop the eye will be instantly drawn to it.

Consider the thickness of your work surfaces too – a surface with a slimmer profile like Ceralsio which is available in a 12mm thickness often works best in the smaller kitchen or bathroom, while a curved edge profile softens the finish. One of the best ways to disguise a small kitchen or bathroom is to create interest and a textured surface can help here. The tactile finish will distract from the size of the room and create an air of opulence.

By applying the tips above, every kitchen and bathroom can be a beautiful space, no matter its size.  

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