In the post-Soviet space, the extended kitchen, as a rule, happens in houses of "Stalin's construction". And not only is it incredibly narrow, so also ceilings are unusually high.
But, with good taste and desire, even such a strange room can be turned into a very cozy and harmonious. The main thing - do not rush and plan interior design of a narrow kitchen - in advance.
- 1 How to start planning?
- 2 The first step is determined by the style of the kitchen
- 3 Choose the color of walls and ceiling under the headset
- 4 We use the ceiling height as practical as possible
- 5 Making the floor
- 6 Lighting
- 7 We think over the arrangement of technology
- 8 Kitchen furniture
- 9 Apron over working area
- 10 Decorating the room
- 11 Interesting design solutions
How to start planning?
The first thing you should pay attention to is things that can not be moved and moved. It's a window, a heating battery, a gas stove.
That's from them and dance, picking a set for this location, and not vice versa. In a tight space it is difficult to find a place for a battery that is more successful than under a window. And by default, there is a radiator always.
Therefore, our advice to you is not to invent a bicycle and try to move communications. This is not 10 square meters. m., where a maneuver is possible without loss of convenience. 2 by 4 meters - obliges, so, be reasonable. If you carry the battery to the wall, then the kitchen will become even tighter, and you will win only a small piece of the square under the window.
Why do you need it? To put there a sink? Or just extend the countertop? It will be inconvenient and not very appropriate. Under the window will be a small table, and the work surface can be arranged in length.
The only thing that can be rescheduled in a narrow kitchenette is the doors. It is better to simply remove them, then the space will not seem so tight and resemble a trailer.
The first step is determined by the style of the kitchen
By and large, it does not matter what style you choose. The main thing here is the correct arrangement of elements and the arrangement of furniture. But, I want to note that the design in the modern style (minimalism, for example), will not be as relevant here as something more rustic, for example - in the style of Provence or Scandinavian.
Why is that? But because in the case of ordering furniture of a strict type, you will have fewer opportunities, successfully beat some empty corners. And in the rustic version - everything is possible: instead of a bulky cabinet, you can hang a shelf that will perform a functional role.
As for the classics, then in this case, you just have to be moderate in detail. Naturally, you will not hang smart curtains, but you can decorate the rest in the old style. Moreover, if the window is large and the ceilings are high, it will all be very much in order.
The only thing we categorically do not advise is "modern" and "avant-garde". Still, not enough space, and high objects, catchy details will not be "in place" in this case.
Also, be careful with styles, such as fusion or shebbie-chic. Do not overload the room with decorations, otherwise, the kitchen will look like a cluttered caravan.
Choose the color of walls and ceiling under the headset
For a narrow long kitchen, there is not and nothing more suitable than a white color. Moreover, it will be appropriate in the color of the walls, and in the coloring of the headset. Do not be afraid that the room may look boring.
On the white walls, all the decors are simply "burning" and they will attract attention. And still accessories, equipment, utensils, textiles ... All this in no way will make the kitchen look pale.
But this is our opinion, but you can think differently. Of course, if the dark and bright colors dominate in the other rooms, then it's wrong to make a white kitchen, it will break out of the general style. And so - it is impossible. This affects the overall appearance of the apartment and repairs look handicraft.
But, in any case, whatever tone you choose, remember the main rule of combining colors in the interior: the main color should be given to 60%, the second shade - 30%, and contrast - only 10%.
In practice, it looks like this: the main tone is furniture (if there is a lot of it), the second is the walls (for example, wallpaper), and the third is paintings, textiles, decor. Moreover, the brightest color should be in these 10%. No more, otherwise there is an overload. And in a small, narrow kitchen, any excess will be noticeable.
A few more words about the texture of the ceiling. Do not do stretch ceilings with a reflective effect. They visually "stretch" the walls up and the kitchen will look even longer and longer.
We use the ceiling height as practical as possible
Since there are few places in the rectangular narrow kitchen, it is worth considering how to use a high ceiling. For example, for storage of some less-used items, it is better to use mezzanine.
Now this kind of shelf is out of fashion, but very vain! It's comfortable. The main thing is to make the drawer under the ceiling comfortable and beautiful, and not like in the apartments of typical buildings of the times of the USSR.
Ideas for this - a lot. If you look carefully, you can make entresol not only for storing kitchen utensils, but also with a decorative bias. The box can be combined with open shelves, which put bottles, coffee grinders and other nonsense, pleasing the eye and soul.
Do not forget about the cabinets-pencil cases. In very narrow kitchens, this is what you need. It will contain so much all sorts of things that you instantly lose the problem in organizing a set of bottom boxes. And from them - it would be worth to get rid of, on one side. But, about it below, in the corresponding block.
Making the floor
The darker the color, the narrower the room looks. Therefore, we recommend light colors. If you obeyed us and made the main color of the kitchen white, then the floor here is suitable for a natural, woody shade.
The texture of the floor, ideally, should be non-shiny, without the reflection effect. Otherwise, the floor as well as the ceiling, "pull" the room up. And we do not need this at all. Our task is different - to divert attention from the "trailer" and to accentuate it on other details.
By the way, if you put the floor in the form of long strips, then place them not along, but across. This little trick will help significantly expand the floor area. Visually, by itself.
The more light there is, the more the room looks. Everyone knows this, probably. But, if the room is 9 sq.m. or in a private house, this rule can be slightly neglected, then in a very small kitchen - in any way.
Here it is necessary to make good top lighting, arrange the ceiling lights in two rows or sconces along one of the walls. For example, over the dining area, this will be best.
We think over the arrangement of technology
And this is the most important thing. Do not pursue beauty, think about comfort. Ideally, the most necessary kitchen elements (stove, sink, refrigerator), should be located side by side so that it would be convenient for them to approach. It is called working triangle.
That is, for example, the stove and refrigerator are on one side, and the sink is between them, but on the opposite side. Or, a plate with a sink, and on the contrary - a refrigerator.
Of course, in practice this is not so easy to achieve. But you still try. Do not take the refrigerator out of the kitchen, just because the layout and design of the kitchen furniture "do not let" it. Better, we repeat, to order a set, already proceeding from that, as the basic elements are located.
As for other techniques - see for yourself. What do you have? If the dishwasher and washing machine, then remember that all this consumes a work surface that could be used for cooking. And, if the dishwasher can not be removed, it would be worthwhile to arrange a place in the bathroom for the styralka. Moreover, now for tiny baths there is a modern idea - a special washbasin, which is installed above the typewriter.
Well, here we come to the most important thing. As you can see, before ordering furniture, you had to do a lot of things and the kitchen, practically, found its appearance. Now just measure the space that was left and draw on the paper the original plan: hanging cabinets, which should be located along, the bottom boxes, niches.
Make a sketch with your own hands - it's easy. And the master will come and make more accurate measurements. The main thing - draw yourself, and do not rely on the taste of furniture makers. They just need more cabinets to cram, because it's more profitable. But in the end, the kind of such kitchens is pretty standard and in your case - everything will be sad.
There is no need for a large number of cabinets on the walls. It is quite possible to manage open shelves. It is fashionable and visually expands the room. Also - the lower cabinets. Often enough of them on one side, but furniture firms obsessively offer two rows. In the end, the cabinets are a heap - and the table with chairs has nowhere to stow.
Apron over working area
Remember that any excessive diversity is the enemy of a narrow kitchen. In general, if it is quite tiny, then instead of drawing or tiling in this place, it is best to put a mirror. Naturally, not simple, but special, fireproof.
Such a technique will expand the space many times - a fact.
The mirror looks especially good if the work surface is visible from another room, for example, a corridor. The only trouble here is that he will have to be closely watched and wiped in a timely manner. But for the sake of this advantage - these tortures are fully justified.
Decorating the room
And now - it's up to the textiles, paintings, pillows and other beauties.
Here we are not advisers, just remember: do not overdo it.
Look at the photo below, how the decorative elements are located in the interior of such premises, maybe some idea you will like.
Interesting design solutions
Above we described the general concept of planning, without taking into account individual elements. And now let's clarify some details and consider how best to organize space in this or that popular case.
Narrow kitchen with breakfast bar
If your kitchen goes into the living room, instead of the door it is better to put a bar counter (perpendicular to the long wall).
But then take into account that the table top should not stand tightly, but rise, so that it would be convenient for you to walk. Do a very short stoichku - there is no sense. It will be only decoration, without any functionality.
Narrow kitchen-living room
There are kitchens, not just narrow, but microscopic, but they have a plus - an exit to the living room. Then you need to clean the door and connect the rooms. The dining area will be in the living room, and you will cook, respectively - in the kitchen.
Here, look at the photo, as they look in the interior of the kitchen-dining rooms:
Narrow kitchen with sofa
This is possible in one case: or the kitchen is wider than 2 meters, although-by 2.5 to 5 meters, or you have a very small sofa. Sofa, and he's in the 10-meter kitchen is not very appropriate, not that in the mini version.
But, if you really want it so much, you'll have to remove the battery and put it at the window. There is also a table with chairs. Otherwise, you simply will not pass between him and the furniture, if you put it along a long wall.
Kitchen with window at the end
Usually, the window is always always at the end and there is, this is a standard variant. We already wrote above that this is the best place for arranging the dining area and it is difficult to come up with something more original. And is it necessary? There are near the window - light and cozy, and this is the main thing.
Look at the photo, here's what this kitchen looks like:
There are also other options for playing around the window with a wall 1.8 meters wide:
Kitchen with access to the balcony
That's already - just trouble ... Narrow kitchen and so in itself is a bit cramped, and with the balcony - quite dark. The best design solution in this case is to demolish the partition between the balcony and the kitchen, and in its place put the dining table. It will be light, but still longer visually.
By the way, you can see more variants of such planning in this article.
We hope you liked our design ideas. The photos are fresh, 2018, therefore, you can be sure that this is fashionable and relevant.