6 Ways to Make Your Small Kitchen look and feel bigger
BY Cook & Bathe
kitchen is the centre of your home where people tend to congregate,
it's important to make this area feel as welcoming and open as possible.
If you have a small kitchen, this can be more challenging if you don't
know a few tricks. Fortunately there are several methods that can
visually enhance a small kitchen. Here are six basic ways you can make a
small kitchen look and feel bigger.
Replace Solid Fronts of Cabinet Doors with Glass
some or all of your cabinet doors and replacing the solid fronts with
glass is a huge way to make a small room look larger. Consider that
doing this can make your kitchen walls seem farther away than they
really are. This is because the eye is pulled beyond the cabinet forms
and travels into the depth of your cabinets. However, to get the most
effect from this method, you'll need to be sure your cabinets are kept
organized, uncluttered and color-coordinated, so your kitchen doesn't
look too busy or crowded.
lighting fixtures with clean lines that don't have much or any
ornamentation can make a small kitchen look bigger as well as more
stylish. Unlike older fixtures, contemporary lighting fixtures are
cleaner and simpler. This trend, known as minimalism, is expected to
become even more popular this year. Modern décor puts more value on form
rather than on elaborate aesthetics. As a result, today's lighting
fixtures look cleaner and uncluttered.
Choose the Right Colours
When it comes to smaller kitchens, white is your best option. Consider how white reflects light, which makes a space seem larger and causes kitchen walls to seem to recede. Instead of only one shade of white, use several shades as well as mix contrasting textures. This helps in preventing a white room from having a sterile appearance.
the other hand, dark or light monochrome colours can also help in
opening up a small kitchen. Even bold colours, such as navy or black,
can be effective in visually enlarging an area. Furthermore, a colourful
ceiling draws the eye upward, which visually gives a room more height
and expands a space.
Use a Galley Design
galley design, which involves using a U-shape, is ideal for small
kitchens. Besides providing adequate room for moving around, this type
of design helps to keep your oven and refrigeration streamlined. It also
keeps storage more streamlined. Moreover, the U-shape gives a kitchen
an open feeling because it involves having a window at the end, which
ushers in light and air.
Reduce or Remove Hardware
hardware on cabinet doors with integrated reach-in pulls or
touch-activated latches as this emphasizes your kitchen's clean lines
and cleverly makes your kitchen seem larger. Another benefit is that you
have fewer things that can become snagged on your garments so that it's
easier to move around in your kitchen.
Streamline Storage in Your Kitchen
Storage can be a big problem for smaller kitchens. Fortunately, there are some methods to solve this challenge.
For example, if possible, remove your cabinet doors as this can create
more storage and make a space feel airy and light. If you have high
kitchen walls, why not stack your shelves or cabinets up to your ceiling
as this can create a feeling of spaciousness.
Things to Consider
- Consider replacing a double sink with a single sink or a one-and-a-half sink, along with an additional bowl, as this can provide more storage. It can also add unbroken bench space.
- If possible, consider removing a kitchen wall that separates your kitchen from a dining room or another adjoining area. Even though it won't add to your kitchen's actual square footage, it can make a space look bigger and bring in additional light, making it seem open.
- Is your kitchen next to an outdoor space? If so, adding bi-fold doors or glass doors can help in allowing the outdoors to come inside, making your kitchen appear more inviting, larger and open.