A kitchen nook may be small but it has a big job to do; it has to provide all the storage and cooking areas of a regular-sized kitchen in half the space.

For starters, try fixing a rack and rail system to the wall for frequently used utensils and choosing a drying board that fits above the sink.

“Both of those options save counter space, when it is at a premium,” says Tamara Robbins Griffith, interior designer, regular guest expert on CityLine, and design spokesperson for Ikea Canada.

“Choose accessories that make a statement. Since there isn’t tons of room for unnecessary objects, the ones you choose should ‘work hard,’ in both design and function.”

Her number one piece of advice though is installing floor-to-ceiling cabinetry with pullout pot drawer with dividers for all your cookware. While function is the name of the game you can still have fun with your space.

“I love incorporating some softness, and textiles with pattern and colour. Kitchens tend to have a lot of hard surfaces ... bring on some whimsy when it comes to window treatments, banquette cushions, and table linens.”

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