Matt White Compact Kitchen | Stanford Design, Upminster

Matt White Compact Kitchen | Stanford Design, Upminster

Matt Handleless Compact Kitchen | Stanford Design, Upminster

Matt Handleless Compact Kitchen | Stanford Design, Upminster

Strada Gloss White And Aldana Compact Handleless Kitchen 1 | Stanford Design, Upminster

Strada Gloss White And Aldana Compact Handleless Kitchen 1 | Stanford Design, Upminster

Kelso Pacific Blue And Zola Matte Marine Handleless Compact Kitchen 1 | Stanford Design, Upminster

Kelso Pacific Blue And Zola Matte Marine Handleless Compact Kitchen 1 | Stanford Design, Upminster

Strada Gloss White And Aldana Dust Grey Compact Kitchen 1 | Stanford Design, Upminster

Strada Gloss White And Aldana Dust Grey Compact Kitchen 1 | Stanford Design, Upminster

Harborne Shell And Stone Compact Kitchen | Stanford Design, Upminster

Harborne Shell And Stone Compact Kitchen | Stanford Design, Upminster

Zola Soft Matte White Compact Kitchen 1 | Stanford Design, Upminster

Zola Soft Matte White Compact Kitchen 1 | Stanford Design, Upminster

Small And Compact Kitchens

Stanford Design are expert in the design of small or compact kitchens. As a company we are often challenged to create appealing yet fully functional kitchen designs suitable for the restricted spaces common to many properties. Our clients quite rightly wish to maximise use and enjoyment of their kitchens, but are often frustrated that some kitchen designers do not possess the skills necessary to produce tailored designs that overcome the confines of compact kitchens.

Colour For Small And Compact Kitchens

Lighter colours are particularly suited to smaller kitchens as they help make a room look larger. However, there is no need to fear this making your room look too stark – we have an extensive colour palette containing subtle tones such as Cashmere and antique white, and of course they can also be combined in two-tone colour schemes. The obvious choice of door finish is gloss, which reflects light and brightens a small kitchen; however we have found that our satin lacquer finishes have proved extremely popular with clients who do not want gloss finishes but are wary of the light absorbing characteristics of matt kitchen finishes.

Strada Gloss White And Aldana Dust Grey Compact Kitchen 1 | Stanford Design, Upminster
White Gloss Kitchen | Stanford Design, Upminster

Why Do Lighter Colours Reflect Light?

Choosing colours that will help reflect light within a room is important. Most surfaces will reflect light as it falls on them but how well this happens depends on the colour, composition and texture of a surface. Without getting too technical, light is an electromagnetic wave and when it hits a transparent substance it is reflected back. The more opaque a surface the less well the light wave is able to do this, for example, a black, matt surface does not reflect light well but instead the light wave’s energy is absorbed by the atoms of which the substance is composed, making them vibrate. In turn this vibration generates heat and this is why dark surfaces get warm if exposed to sunshine. It also verifies that dark colours are much less suitable for small kitchens because by absorbing rather than reflecting the light they tend to make a room feel smaller. In respect of other colours, part of the electromagnetic wave’s energy is absorbed within a material when it hits it but some is reflected back; how much depends on the colour tone and texture. The lighter the colour and the smoother it is, the more light will be reflected back. This explains why a shiny white gloss would be the best option for enhancing the feeling of space within a compact kitchen.

Maximising Natural Light Within Small Kitchen Spaces

Mirrors reflect light and in doing so effectively add a sense of space to a room, making it feel larger. And mirrored finishes also create a tremendous perception of depth; doubling the depth of the appearance of a work surface for example. We have a stylish selection of mirrored glass available including plain, bronzed and smoked mirror

Mirrored glass is a beautiful addition within a kitchen design but if incorporating this behind a hob then only toughened mirrored glass should be used as the toughening process ensures the glass withstands any heat exposure without damaging the glass.

Zola Soft Matte White Compact Kitchen 1 | Stanford Design, Upminster
Harborne Shell And Stone Compact Kitchen | Stanford Design, Upminster

Tall Units And Extra Wall Units For Small Kitchen Spaces

Tall wall units are excellent for maximising on otherwise unused space at upper levels of a kitchen. These units are ideal for storing household items that are infrequently used, or that need putting out of reach of children as a safety precaution. Because all of our furniture is fully bespoke, we can provide tall units in any height required.  At the tallest heights, the units are clearly out of reach and so inadvisable for storing everyday items, yet they are still easily accessible via a store-away stool or ladder system.

Space Maximising Solutions For Small Kitchens

Research by Blum GmbH (a manufacturer of kitchen storage technology) concluded that the useable space in a kitchen could be increased by 55% with effective integration of suitable storage solutions. We offer tall pull-out larders that slide out on beautifully engineered, damped supports, and then rotate outwards through ninety degrees for easy access to their voluminous shelving. Le Mans Corner units are precisely shaped to allow their trays to glide smoothly around a corner and fully extend outwards, vastly increasing the use of existing space within a deep cabinet that would be otherwise unreachable; effectively they bring their contents to you! Carousels perform a similar function and furthermore base units containing tables that fold out and upwards create additional workspace, particularly useful for appliances such as blenders or bread-makers. This technology greatly enhances the usability of small kitchens, and helps keep worktops clear and uncluttered.

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What Makes Stanford Design Unique

Bespoke Designs

Every Stanford Design kitchen is truly unique and designed to suit your requirements.​

Kitchen Manufacturer

All of our kitchen furniture is manufactured in our own kitchen factory near Chelmsford

BUSINESS FAMILY

Family Business

We are a family-run business and are happy to welcome your family into our showroom.

Excellent Customer Care

The Stanford team share the same drive to deliver excellent customer service, with this being central to all that we do.