As the name itself suggests, this type of kitchen is in the shape of the letter L due to the cabinet organization. It can vary in sizes and lengths, but all such kitchens can sometimes be hard to organize and decorate. In order to avoid claustrophobic cluttered feeling in your kitchen, here are some tips to follow.
Position of the Units
If your kitchen has different-length runs, you should place the upper cabinets above the longer run. Such placement will provide you with more storage space, while the glasses and cooking condiments will be easy to reach. However, if the window is placed here, too, it will prevent you from continuing the cabinets; but if there’s no window, you can easily keep placing the cabinets around the corner and onto the shorter run. On the other hand, you can install floating shelves or glass-front doors to provide an airy open feeling in the kitchen and make it look bigger.
Separate the Cooktop and the Sink
Kitchen with the same-length runs layout offer a bit more flexibility. In this situation you can and should separate the cooktop and the sink and place them on different runs. This separation allows you to create a distinction between the cook zone and wash zone, while the preparation zone should be between the sink and range. Such organization leaves you with plenty of space on the countertop and you can freely prepare each meal without making too much mess.
L-shaped kitchens usually look small and claustrophobic, so you will need to extend the space with bright colors. The best choice is going all-white. Opt for white cabinets, countertops, shelves and appliances. Make sure the windows are bare in order to provide enough natural light and place under-cabinet lighting fixtures for more light while preparing the food. This airy and light atmosphere will instantly open up the space and make it look big, but you will need a soft transition towards the dining room. You can achieve this with some darker flooring or, as the experts from DecoRug recommend, with a simple weave rug in complementing colors of the dining area.
Create an Island
No matter what are the proportions of your kitchen, an island will make a nice useful addition. With this addition you can house the sink or the cooktop, thus providing more free space on the counter. Also, you are allowing more storage space for all the utensils and you can even make the wine rack you always wanted. However, an island can also be used for socializing, and you just need to add a few stylish tall chairs for your wine sipping with friends and family.
Add Chairs and Tables
If you don’t like adding an island or it simply cannot fit, you can easily add a table with chairs at the end of the kitchen. It’s a perfect spot for casual meals, wine tasting or snacks with friends and it extends the kitchen space. Also, it can function as an additional area for meal preparation or for a simple chat with your neighbor. Simple table and chairs can serve any purpose you need and they make a subtle transition towards the next room.
L-shaped kitchens can sometimes be awkward if you don’t know how to utilize them to the maximum. Extend the space with colors, make subtle transitions towards the dining room and provide yourself with plenty of storage and workspace. Don’t be afraid to invest into an island or a table, they only provide more flexibility and don’t forget to make use of every small corner of your kitchen.