Small kitchens and how to make them look bigger

18.04.2017
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Small kitchens and how to make them look bigger

Small kitchens and natural stone

Natural stone is a good fit for small kitchen because it warms up the space and makes it vibrate in a way ceramic tiles cannot. Stone countertops are the first element we need to concentrate on. They are both aesthetically pleasing and very practical. Natural stone is very durable, so all you have to do is pick the one that best suits your style. Those that spend a lot of time in the kitchen can choose slate, because it is not worn by water and acidic liquids in time. Those that do not use the kitchen that often have a lot of choices, from marble to travertine, granite or even onyx.

Jeera Green flexible slate splashback

Classic Travertine

All of these types of countertops are available on our website and in our showroom (some can be picked up on the spot because they are already in stock). We also offer assistance and installation services to those that request them. Irrespective of your choices, make sure to ask about the treatment process required for the natural stone. We are mainly talking about sealing for which we recommend the British LTP products: for instance, LTP MPG or LTP Mattstone H20 (the eco option). In the case of a polished surface, you can use LTP Stonewash. Naturally, these special solutions can be used for all natural stone product, such as the splashback, the floor or the wall cladding.

Classic Travertine

Brushed and Chiselled Sunny Dream French Pattern Marble

Small kitchen only need a few tips and tricks

In order to widen a small space, you can use narrow tiles for the floor. These are some of the recommended dimensions: 15 x 30 cm, 61 x 30.5 cm, 45.7 x 30.5 cm etc. They will help create the sensation of a wider, more open space. Another trick you can use in a small kitchen is a play on colours. It's not recommended to cover all the walls with the same type of natural stone. And definitely don't use the same stone for both walls and floor. Instead, use mosaics or smaller stone tiles to create borders and geometrical patterns, but don't go too far. Subtlety is key. Too many lines, colors and patterns will clutter the space and make it look even smaller. It's important to play with chromatic contrasts but don't use more than 3 colors for the natural stone. Light also plays a significant role in making the room appear larger. Wider windows and light spots installed in key places can make the kitchen look intimate and welcoming. Furthermore, choose light colored furniture or even transparent pieces, made from plastic or glass. Modular furniture is also a very good choice for smaller spaces.

Sunny Marble

Rusty Brown Strips

For more advice, read “How to design a kitchen with natural stone”

Small kitchens are warmed up by natural stone

The most "warm" and inviting stones are travertines: Peach, Silver, Latte and Yellow. These types of stone work well with wood structures. Granite and multi-coloured slate give another type of warmth - a more cheerful vibe - to the space. While marble, whether it's Thassos, Sunny, Light Beige etc., created a gracious, more stylish intimacy. So, you see, there are a lot of ways to turn a small kitchen into a truly inviting space.

For any other information, call +40318.222.333, email us at export@piatraonline.com or, better yet, visit our showroom in 137A Teisani Street, District 1, Bucharest, Romania.


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