Do you have a small kitchen? Small kitchens can be difficult to work with, but don’t despair. There are ways to make it look and feel bigger. Try one or all the following tips to make your small kitchen look bigger.
Use Smart Storage Options
Small kitchens often lack storage. You can use the storage you do have to its fullest extent by implementing smart storage solutions. Sliding bins, shelving that opens downward, and compartmentalized spaces turn otherwise small and useless storage into “a place for everything and everything in its place.”
Get Rid of Stuff
Since storage is an issue in small kitchens, you can make your kitchen look and feel bigger by getting rid of things you don’t need.
For example, that panini sandwich maker you never use but takes up valuable space on the counter – get rid of it. Go through your cupboards and get rid of anything you no longer use or want to free up space for the things you do use.
Give the Walls a Fresh Coat of Paint
If your kitchen has a lot of contrasting colors, it can make the space appear smaller. Try painting everything a matching shade of white or light gray to bring everything together and make the space appear lighter, brighter, and bigger.
Let Your Kitchen Shine
Mirrors instantly make any room appear larger, but since you probably don’t want mirrors in the kitchen, try making surfaces shiny instead. Use a glossy finish on countertops and cupboards, and add chrome accents to help reflect light, which will make the room appear bigger.
Remove Cupboard Doors
When everything is open, it gives the illusion that the space is bigger than it is. By removing the cupboard doors, your eye instantly sees further, which gives the impression that the room extends further, too.
Let There Be Light
Adding light sources, both natural and artificial can brighten the room, making it feel bigger. Open window coverings and install sources of artificial light under cabinets (use white light rather than yellow ones) to add as much light as possible in your small kitchen.
Elongate the Floor
Floors that exhibit long lines can make your kitchen look longer, too. Flooring options that create lines, chevrons, or even diamonds can elongate the room. If you can’t change the flooring, you can use rugs to create the same effect. Avoid flooring with squares as it can make the floor appear short and cluttered.
Just because you have a small kitchen doesn’t mean it has to feel that way. By following the tips above, you can make your small kitchen look and feel bigger.