There have been so many design innovations in kitchens over the last ten years that there really is no perceived shortcoming that cannot be overcome.

Professional kitchen designers, Insync Kitchens have a fountain of amazing suggestions and solutions to small space design.

A few design suggestions offered below.

Gone are the days when you had a bench top with cupboards underneath and possibly wall cupboards to match.

The inception of drawers has added a whole new meaning to storage. A good sturdy drawer can take up to 50 kilograms of weight, giving you the option to load it up whilst allowing you the pleasure of being able to quickly source the item you require that is stored within. No bending over and ferreting around in the semi dark to search for an elusive item.

A super trick is to add drawers into the kickboard space below the cabinets. If you are a tall person, you could bump up the bench height and put some decent-sized drawers into it.

Another great way to create more space is to use the whole wall of your kitchen. That is to say, put in floor to ceiling pantries or perhaps install open shelving.

Mounting an attractive pot rack over the cooking area will free up drawer space and create an ambience that may suit and enhance your style ideas.

Appliance manufacturers have acknowledged the necessity to accommodate those with small kitchen spaces and many now have narrower fridges and dishwashers to keep the space they take up to a minimum.

Illusion Creates Space

To create a sense of space there are many illusory factors that can be used.

It is considered good Feng Shui to create a kitchen wherein the cook cannot be sneaked upon, so consider the idea of installing mirrored splashbacks and gloss units that reflect light and give an illusion of space.

Light colours create a sense of expanse as does extending the width of your benches to accommodate more appliances or a breakfast bar. Install chairs or stools without arms as these are easier to get in and out of in tight spaces. A design bonus is to blend the colour of the seating into the cabinet or wall colour, thus creating clean lines for the eye to follow.

The floor can also be put to good use to distract the eye. Tiles laid in a diagonal pattern also make the room look larger than it is.