How to decorate a small kitchen and choose the right table

Small kitchens can be frustrating. The lack of cooking surfaces and storage space drives many to sink time and money in renovations or extensions.

But good design doesn’t always have to take the form of a complete overhaul: rethinking how you use a small space and focusing on key elements such as a kitchen table can make a quick and painless transformation.

Below are some frequently asked questions and small kitchen ideas to get the best out of your space.

How to make a small kitchen look bigger

One of the most popular and effective small kitchen ideas for creating the illusion of more space is white walls and furniture. This allows light to refract and make a small space seem airier. White is also a universal colour: whether a light patina on rustic kitchen cupboards or a glossy tiled splashback, it combines easily with any décor.

The number one motto for decorating a small kitchen: less is more. A small kitchen with a statement tile table leaves a more sophisticated impression than a busy or cluttered kitchen.


How to maximise space in a small kitchen

Save money on paying a contractor for a kitchen extension simply by making better use of the space you have. There are a few ways to do this.

  1. Wall storage. Clear your countertops of clutter by storing it in kitchen cabinets and cupboards. Open shelving can also transform your plates and bowls into a display. Pot racks, spice racks and cooking utensil rails are also an aesthetically pleasing way of organising kitchenware. By using wall-mounted storage, it becomes much easier to keep your tabletops and kitchen counters free.
  2. Multipurpose work surfaces. The more versatile your cooking surfaces are, the less space you need. Choosing a tiled table not only gives a small kitchen a statement piece, the ceramic surface is also heat resistant and easy to clean. To make your countertops more spacious without extending them, invest in a flat electric hob when decorating a small kitchen from scratch. If you need a quick fix for an old kitchen, buy a hob cover to create more space for food preparation or to double up as a chopping board.
  3. Streamlined layout. When brainstorming decorating ideas, ditch the kitchen island and opt for a small kitchen table, which can be easily moved into the centre of the room or pushed to the side. Concentrate your countertops, kitchen cabinets and built-in appliances on a single wall to open up more floor space for a small kitchen table and chairs.

Which tables are best for a small kitchen?

A kitchen table always has to be functional. This is especially the case in a small cooking space, where a table needs to be both a place to prepare food and to sit down and eat.

Here are a few boxes that the best table for a small kitchen should tick:

  • It needs to be durable and resistant to scratching or staining. A tabletop with a dark or patterned surface is more likely to look new for longer.
  • It needs to be easy to clean. You should be able to wipe it down with a damp cloth.
  • Water-resistant surfaces are a must for kitchen tables. Spillages happen!
  • Bonus points if the table is heat resistant. Tiled tables with ceramic surfaces eliminate the need to have a collection of trivets on hand.
  • Its size and shape: square tables are a more efficient use of space than round tables.

These are all of the practical qualities that a small kitchen dining table should have. But it also needs to be more than just another work surface. Choosing a very small kitchen table that has flair ties a room together. Here are a few kitchen décor ideas that centre around tables to achieve both style and functionality:

  • Create symmetry. Both parallel and perpendicular lines will make a small kitchen feel more organised and structured.
  • Offset a pattern against a plain background. For example, a Mediterranean-style tile table that stands out against white kitchen walls and flooring.
  • Contrast colours with each other. Black and white kitchen décor evokes a bold, modern look.
  • Echo design elements throughout a small kitchen. For example, shapes or colours. Patterned tiles on a splashback and a tabletop create a sense of cohesion and harmony.

Whether you’re looking for more workspace or a style update, focus on the core elements of your kitchen decor: colour, light, storage organisation and a few key pieces of furniture. One or two statement pieces are all you need to change the look and feel of a small kitchen.

Find a kitchen table to express your style in the elegant collections by Matrika. Built with local, high-quality materials and made by hand in Milan, each tiled table has its own unique style and personality.