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blue and white kitchen with tiled splashback and white benchtops
Even a compact space can give you a kitchen that delivers on all fronts: style, storage and functionality.

Plan for success 

Not everyone has the room to create a cookzone packed with everything from the latest appliances to a double sink and dining bench. However, it is possible, with a few clever design tricks, to make the most of the space you have. This Perth kitchen may be small, but it’s mighty – plus it contains all the essentials for a usable space that also looks good. 

kitchen finishes - blue and gold


Maximise available space 

The biggest issue in any compact kitchen is lack of storage. This one, reveals owner Jamie, “had just two overhead cabinets and no pantry, so the challenge was providing more storage space, without encroaching on the dining area opposite which was also quite small.” Jamie used the online Kaboodle kitchen planner to try out layout and cabinetry options, then had a Bunnings in-home services team member visit to discuss options and measure up the new configuration. The original U-shaped layout was kept, with the new peninsular bench pushed out to slightly enlarge the kitchen footprint.  

white kitchen with tiled splashback and kitchen utensils


Enhance your storage options 

This layout delivers lots of bench space – the peninsula even allows room for a casual dining zone, and the side wall accommodates a 1.5 bowl sink – as well as extra storage through the corners. To make the most of these tricky areas, invest in specialist internal fittings, such as corner rotating baskets, to enhance your storage options and for ease of access. Also, use the height; here, vertical space was maximised with a bank of overhead cupboards and a 600mm pantry cabinet.    

cup and spoon on benchtop top close up  

Find the right finishes 

For a look that’s bright, fresh and makes the room feel larger than it is, it’s hard to beat white. Jamie opted for Taubmans Crisp White on the walls and ceiling, Kaboodle ‘Modern’ profile cabinetry Gloss White – personalised with slim, brushed brass pulls – and a Kaboodle Mayonella laminate benchtop, which resembles natural stone. “I wanted something affordable and low maintenance and the finishes are so easy to clean,” says Jamie. “Being white it feels fresh, modern and more spacious than it actually is.” Simple white splashback tiles add to the timeless palette and help to enhance the sense of space. 

fruit bowl on marble kitchen benchtop close up

Add a point of contrast 

As white-on-white kitchens run the risk of looking a little plain, consider creating a point of interest – this could be through a zingy splashback; accessories such as tapware and handles; or, as in this kitchen, adding wow to the face of the peninsula bench with contrasting texture and colour. This was a simple D.I.Y. project to tackle; Easycraft wall lining panels were cut to size, painted in Taubmans Admiral Blue and attached to the base cabinets. “It’s a beautiful classic colour, which is sophisticated and adds depth and personality,” says Jamie. 

If you’ve got a little more space to work with…

Follow our guide on designing a modern family kitchen.


Photo Credit: Jody D'Arcy and James Moffatt


Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.