In this blog post, we look at how to make your small kitchen look and feel bigger than it actually is. From choosing the right storage to choosing the right colours, these 5 clever design tips will create the illusion of space in your home.
Use Lighter Colours
Choosing light colours will make your kitchen feel bigger and brighter. This is because light colours like white naturally reflect light. So opt for white tones, neutral shades, and lighter hues on walls, countertops, and cabinets to prevent the room from feeling too small and dark. Stick to a few key shades and avoid blocks of contrasting colours, as this will make the eye see the room as one seamless space and make your small kitchen appear larger.
Having a lot of clutter in your kitchen will make the space feel cramped and small, so eliminating clutter will instantly make a small space feel bigger. Don’t overcrowd countertops, and use cupboards, cabinets, and drawers to tidy clutter and store away utensils, crockery, cookware, and appliances. Only leave out daily essentials such as the kettle, and decorative items such as flowers which will add character.
Add Light-Reflecting Surfaces
Adding light-reflecting surfaces will enhance a sense of space in your kitchen and make it appear larger. This includes mirrored splashbacks, glass tiles, shiny floors, metallic accessories, polished marble countertops, high gloss finish cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. These types of surfaces reflect and bounce light around the room to make your small kitchen look and feel bigger and more open.
Switch to Open Storage
A solid bulk of cabinets along a wall can take up space and block out light. Replacing your wall cabinets with open shelving can make your kitchen feel more airy and open. You can also swap opaque cabinet doors for glass-panelled doors, as this will create the illusion of more space because the eye travels through the cabinets and the wall feels farther away. Be sure to keep shelves and cabinets free of clutter as this will only make the room feel crowded and small.
Lighting will open up and enlargen your space. Illuminate your kitchen with lighting such as spotlights, strip lights, pendant lights, wall sconces, ceiling lights, and plinth lights. Also make the most of natural light by opening blinds, keeping window treatments minimal, and installing a skylight or patio doors. Maximising the amount of light in the room will make your small kitchen feel lighter, brighter, and more spacious.
From open storage to reflective surfaces to clearing clutter, use these 5 tips to make your small kitchen look and feel bigger. For more advice on small kitchen design, get in touch today and our design experts will help you maximise your space.