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10 Smart Ways To Put Your Kitchen Corner Space To Use

Decorating a corner space is often a tricky affair that requires a delicate balance between form and functionality. While we already browsed through some amazing living room corner decorating ideas and also a few inspirations for the bedroom, it is time to take on the kitchen challenge! Putting the small corner in the kitchen to use is a must for most homeowners who try to make the most of the limited space on offer. Using the kitchen corners smartly can free up the central space in the kitchen for other smart additions and also enhance the room aesthetically.

Fabulous corner banquette in the kitchen [By Catherine Nguyen Photography]

Unlike the case of the bedroom or the living room, kitchen corner solutions often tend to focus more on practicality and ergonomics rather than aesthetics alone. Of course, the ideal corner space addition for your kitchen depends both on the size of the kitchen, your existing needs and the overall design scheme. Here are 10 smart ideas to get you started in the right direction –

1. A Classic Corner Sink

If you have a small kitchen where every inch of space matters and you wish to free up some counter space, a corner kitchen sink is the perfect choice. Obviously you can add another sink to your kitchen island if you are blessed with a larger kitchen, giving you a multitude of options. The corner sink does have its fair share of pros and cons, but there is no denying the fact that it adds a whole new dynamic to your kitchen aesthetics with ease!

Utilize the kitchen corner smartly with an ergonomic sink [Design: Lake Country Builders]
Corner sink in the kitchen with a window above it [Design: Venegas and Company]

2. A Space-Conscious Corner Range

If you are not fond of the corner sink, then maybe the corner range and hood is the addition that your kitchen needs to find a new lease of life. Corner range units are becoming more and more popular with each passing day, and while they do save up on precious space, you need the right hood and ventilation system to make the idea work. Surround it with lovely cabinets and counters on either side to tap into its full range of benefits.

Farmhouse kitchen with corner range and hood [Design: Smith & Robertson]
Small kitchen smartly employs a corner range and hood [Design: Minch Construction]

3. Sleek Floating Shelves

We are big fans of floating corner shelves for more reason than one. For starters, they lend visual airiness to a small space and ensure that it looks uncluttered. Then you have the option of turning these shelves into a wonderful display filled with your best chinaware, and adding floating shelves to the corner takes little effort and time. You need not commit to a huge renovation here, and you also have additional storage space in the kitchen in no time.

Chic modern kitchen with cool corner floating shelves [Design: UB Kitchens]
Symmetric and elegant use of floating shelves [Design: Jennifer Ashton Interiors]

4. An Exclusive Pantry!

Deep, long corner niches are hard to work with, as they often seem to form a room-within-a-room and seem almost isolated from the rest of the space. Turning this kitchen nook into a full-fledged home pantry is the easiest way to add value to this forgotten area. A lovely open pantry also adds plenty of color to your kitchen. Just make sure you have the right lighting to turn the pantry into a bright and aesthetic addition!

Custom-crafted corner pantry in the kitchen [Design: Increation]

5. A Beautiful Banquette

This is another classic that simply never goes out of style, and with the revitalization of the mid-century modern look, kitchen banquettes seem even more appropriate. The size of the banquette booth, its style and seating depend on the existing appeal and size of your kitchen. All you need is a corner bench, a chair and a small table to transform even the tiniest of kitchen corners into a trendy breakfast nook.

Lovely little breakfast nook in the corner [Design: Southern Living]

6. A Small Dining Space

If you feel a banquette booth is too much work, simply add a table and a couple of chairs in the corner to shape an eat-in kitchen. Doubling as a clever, space-saving solution, this is a great idea for those who do not have additional space to spare for an exclusive dining area. Often round tables with a sleek base tuck nicely into the corner and look far better than square or rectangular options.

Shape a small dining space in the kitchen corner [Design: The Sky is the Limit Design]

7. Smart Storage Units

Modern corner drawers and wall-mounted shelves are the most popular option when it comes to kitchen corners. With a wide array of options on offer, contemporary corner pull-out drawers disappear when not in use and hide away plenty of the mess! A perfect choice in case you are looking for additional storage options.

Butterfly corner drawers offer additional storage space [Design: Seva Kitchens]
A perfect way to tuck away your pots and pans! [Design: PTACEK home]

8. Work and Relax in Style

The modern kitchen is much more than a place to prepare and serve meals. The current trend is to transform the kitchen into a thriving social hub that offers a great gathering spot for family and friends. The kitchen corner can aid you in this makeover as well by giving you a cozy corner bench next to the window or even a compact workspace that lets you keep an eye on the kids while they unwind.

A cozy bench in the corner of a traditional kitchen [Design: Jeneration Interiors]

If you have to host plenty of weekend parties for friends, perhaps a small home bar in the corner is what you will prefer. Do not be afraid to think beyond boring old shelves while revamping the kitchen corner.

Elegant space to relax in the modern kitchen [Design: Nguyen Architects]

9. A Scorching Addition!

If any of our readers accuse me of trying to put a fireplace in pretty much every possible room of the house, they would be absolutely right! But a fireplace in the kitchen does have a unique allure, and with the holiday season around the corner (no pun intended), it does make for a dreamy addition! Obviously, most kitchens might not have the space to spare, but large traditional and farmhouse kitchens surely look even more charismatic with a fiery corner!

Farmhouse-style kitchen with a lovely fireplace [Design: Crisp Architects]
Traditional kitchen with a beautiful corner fireplace [Design: Owings Brothers Contracting]

10. Sights and Sounds Outside

Not really keen on filling up the corner with shelves or decor? Maybe all your kitchen needs is a corner window that opens up the space to the outdoors and lets you take in the freshness outside. This is a simple and trendy way to give your kitchen an open and cheerful appeal while ushering in visual balance.

Opening up the kitchen to the view outside with corner windows [Design: Pacific Peninsula Group]
Corner windows give the kitchen an airy appeal [Design: Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects]

How have you utilized the corners in your kitchen? Which of these solutions do you think works best in your kitchen? Let us know below…

Sherry Nothingam

Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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