Narrow and long kitchen: tips for furnishing it in the best possible way

We all dream of a large and airy kitchen, but sometimes we have to face reality and find ourselves having to furnish a narrow and long kitchen. The rented house or the inability to do major renovations force us to find functional solutions for rooms that are difficult to furnish.

There are actually many solutions available thanks to kitchen manufacturing companies that offer vast modularity and sometimes unthinkable solutions. Thus, even difficult-to-furnish rooms can be carefully designed and become spaces to be lived in to the fullest and that, above all, go along with our aesthetic choices.

In this article we are going to look at how to furnish a long and narrow kitchen, with targeted advice on choosing colors, materials, layout and more.

The choice of colors

The design of a room always starts with the choice of color palette and materials to be used.

A small room is best enhanced by choosing light and illuminating colors, with white undoubtedly being the favorite. Able to reflect natural and artificial light, it makes the room look larger and airier. However, total white is not for everyone, so variations can be chosen. You can decide to choose shades of white other than optical white, to make the kitchen more distinctive, but you can also choose different shades of color, the important thing is that they are always light. Some examples? Pearl grey, beige or a very light taupe, just to name a few examples.

Another solution widely used in narrow and long kitchens is to play on contrasts. So choose furniture of different colors to create movement.

The floor of the narrow and long kitchen

Also very important is the choice of the floor color. It is ideal to choose one that can enhance the room, so it is distinctive and attracts attention. An example would be a retro-style black and white floor, or colored cement tiles. The important thing is not to choose a mundane floor, but to play with imagination.

If the long, narrow kitchen is really like a hallway, it is best to avoid buying long, narrow tiles because they would accentuate the hallway effect, but instead prefer square or hexagonal solutions.

The color of the walls

The color of the walls plays a very important role in enhancing narrow and long kitchens and balancing the room. In fact, if the room, in addition to being narrow and long, also has a high ceiling, this asymmetry can be remedied by painting the back wall and ceiling in a dark shade, so as to give the idea of a more symmetrical environment. Obviously, lighting should be carefully considered in this case, because painting walls in dark blue risks creating a gloomy environment.

For more balanced environments, on the other hand, you can choose muted coloring, which goes to create a cozy environment.

Which materials to prefer

Designing a narrow and long kitchen can be done using different materials. In fact, there is no one-size-fits-all guidance. Laminate modules painted in glossy lacquer can be chosen to give even more brightness to the room and other modules made of natural wood to make the room more cozy.

Similarly, for the kitchen countertop, the choice is really wide and we are not limited to the choice of one material. The important thing here, too, is to choose a kitchen countertop that perfectly matches the color palette of the room. For example, you could choose a natural material such as wood or stone if you want to create a cozy and warm environment, on the contrary you can choose a technological material if what matters most is functionality.

As for the splash guard sometimes in small and narrow kitchens people opt to use the mirror. A bold choice and not easy to keep clean, but certainly can create a larger and brighter looking room.

The layout of the kitchen

Long, narrow kitchens can be arranged in different ways. The most classic and most widely used version is to make a double linear kitchen, that is, with the furniture arranged on the two long walls. This is a functional solution apt to make the best use of the available space. For you to opt for this solution, however, the room must have a minimum size. In fact, the furniture usually has a depth of at least 60 cm and must be left a passage of 80/90 cm, in essence, therefore, the minimum width of the room must be at least 200 cm.

In cases where the room does not have sufficient width but you still want to opt for such a solution then you can equip a wall with furniture with reduced depth to be used as a pantry.

Other arrangements to be adopted with a long narrow kitchen are linear single, especially if you do not need much space. or do not like to cook, or corner, thus taking advantage of one long and one short wall.

The lighting of narrow and long kitchens

Lighting is undoubtedly a key aspect in small rooms. First of all, if there are openings in the room, natural light should be fully exploited, which should then be supplemented with artificial lighting.

There can be no shortage of under-cabinet LEDs to illuminate the countertop, but also to make the room cozy in the evening. Ceiling lighting should be designed so that it is evenly distributed throughout the room, so as not to create areas of poor lighting.

Other tips for furnishing a functional room

In small rooms, and therefore also in furnishing the narrow and long kitchen, the important thing is not to overfill the room, so as not to create a suffocating effect. It is therefore best to avoid placing wall units and columns that reach the ceiling and alternate closed wall units with open elements to create movement in this way. Also very useful are shelves that can then be used to store glass jars with pasta, rice and flour.

The inclusion of pull-out shelves or folding cabinets helps to increase the work surface, but at the same time not to weigh down the kitchen environment.

Finally, don’t forget to make the kitchen personal by including pictures and plaques that represent you.

In this short guide we have analyzed how to design the narrow and long kitchen with practical and very easy to follow tips.


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