Top tips for decorating a small kitchen

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Whatever the size of your kitchen, you don’t have to sacrifice style for functionality. In fact, a small kitchen is often more space efficient than a larger one, with everything within handy reach. Start by decluttering and organising your drawers and cupboards then try these simple design tricks to make the most of your space.

Play with colour
Try painting the walls and the cabinets the same colour to trick the eye into erasing any physical boundaries, so the room looks bigger. The safe choice is a neutral palette of creams and off-whites, which will reflect the light – but don’t be afraid to go darker.

Navy is very on-trend and charcoal grey has a timeless elegance that’s hard to beat. Both will actually create the impression they’re receding – add a mirrored splashback and LED lights underfloor and wall cabinets for instant glamour.

Keep it sleek
Do away with any fussy ornamentation and keep your design sleek and minimal. Recess storage if possible and bleed into a larger room to borrow light and space. Sleek, clean lines give a greater impression of space, while irregular nooks make a great place for dining – using built-in storage benches for seating is a smart use of space.

Try under mounting your sink, or invest in a worktop that incorporates the sink for a streamlined look. An induction hob sits virtually flush with the worktop to give an uninterrupted visual flow, but if you prefer gas, invest in a hob cover to maximise your worktop space.

Open up
With a little imagination, anywhere in your kitchen can be used for storage. Ends of cupboards? Add heavy duty hooks and hang your pans. Wall space above a countertop? Open shelving looks smart, modern and is very practical. A hanging rack on the ceiling or behind your hob can accommodate kitchen implements and favourite pans.

Create a cart
Just because you don’t have space for a kitchen island, doesn’t mean you can’t invest in a kitchen cart on casters. Storage, worktop and even a breakfast bar in one, a kitchen cart can be easily created from an old kitchen cabinet or boot sale find. It’s worth its weight in gold and will wheel out of the way when you’re finished in the kitchen.

Keep it in proportion
It’s actually easy to repurpose a windowsill or the edge of a worktop as a breakfast bar by adding a narrow board and slimline stools. The key to getting the look right is to keep everything in proportion from narrow tables to streamlined chairs. Keep furniture light so it doesn’t clutter the space and you’ll create the look you want without sacrificing style.

Use glass
Keep window treatments to the bare minimum to allow natural light to flood the space. Replace light fittings with energy efficient LEDs and use them inside drawers and under cupboards. You could even add a dramatic element like a chandelier for visual interest. Think about replacing the solid doors of your wall cupboards with glazed ones to give that light and airy look and feel that makes even the most compact kitchens feel spacious.

Vive la caravane! Key benefits of mobile home ownership in France

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Do you want to focus on your lifestyle and not home maintenance? Or become part of a lively community and live each day to the full? Then why not consider buying a mobile home? This inexpensive way of getting a toehold in France allows you to experience the lifestyle and enjoy your time abroad, without the commitments of a holiday cottage.

La Belle France
Whereas with bricks and mortar holiday home, your budget may limit you to certain areas, with a budget of just £30,000, you can afford a getaway on the Cote d’Azur. The advantage of the southern regions is that your chosen park is likely to stay open all year round, but do consider other factors like park facilities and transport links before you shortlist. You may prefer to be closer to the Channel ports in Brittany, so you can get away most weekends.

A bespoke Pied à Terre
Who wants to spend their precious holiday time labouring to get their holiday home in shape? One of the great benefits of buying a mobile home is the level of customisation that’s possible. Buy from new and you’ll soon find yourself unable to choose between all the great options.

If you intend to use your mobile home year round, then double glazing is something to look out for. If your mobile home is going to be used by a family, then make sure you have your own washing machine. But try not to get bogged down in the specifications, as you’ll spend most of your time outside enjoying the park pool or visiting the tourist attractions, markets and historic buildings in the area.

A lively social life
For many of us, taking the plunge to buy property in another country can seem intimidating, thanks to the language barrier. A park home can be a great way to enjoy a full social life and create strong friendships while allowing you to experience the French lifestyle in nearby towns and markets.

The flexibility of the low maintenance lifestyle means you’ll have plenty of time to fully explore the surrounding region, rather than spending your time in DIY stores.

Easy to budget
If you buy from a British company, you’ll enjoy another benefit of mobile home ownership – the ability to pay for your lodge and your ground rent in sterling rather than Euros. That means you won’t have to follow the currency markets but can deal in a familiar currency, giving you full control over your budget.

Many parks will also rent mobile homes on the owner’s behalf, to offset your running costs, or you can organise rentals with family and friends. The important thing to remember is that you’ll pay no French taxes and you don’t have to pay the high fees involved in bricks and mortar transaction, so there are no nasty surprises.

Safe and secure
There’s always a worry when you lock the door of your holiday home. With a mobile home, you’ll have complete peace of mind, knowing that your home is being well looked after by the park management. Better yet, the next time you manage a break, you know your home will still be immaculate – ready for you to pour a glass of wine and relax!