Today’s post is a guest article from the fabulous Rachel at Fresh Design Blog on a topic that I know so many of you are desperate for. Read on if you’re always looking for ways to make your small kitchen feel bigger. And don’t forget to check out the full kitchen category for more ideas right here on the blog. Enjoy!
Look up kitchen ideas on Pinterest and you’ll invariably find gorgeous show home style kitchens, with masses of space and large kitchen islands. In a lot of homes the reality is sadly somewhat different and your kitchen may well be a lot smaller than these. But if you’re stuck with a narrow galley kitchen or a small square kitchen, don’t despair – there are ways that you can make it feel a bit bigger. Here’s an insight into some of the clever design tricks you can employ!
How to Make a Small Kitchen Feel Bigger:
Open shelving is all the rage, but it only works well in a small kitchen if you’re super tidy. One open shelf to display your favourite cups and saucers is fine, but for all your essential crockery, keep it stored in cupboards, not scattered around on lots of open shelves. A small kitchen looks bigger if it’s neat, tidy and uncluttered.
Glass cupboard doors
Whilst you don’t want the contents of all your cupboards exposed, it is a good idea to consider replacing some of the cupboard doors in your kitchen with glass fronts. The idea is that the glass will naturally draw the eye in, making the wall feel like it’s further away. Just remember to keep those cupboards tidy, so you can actually see into the back of the cupboard!
Clever colour palette
When it comes to the ideal colour palette, the best option to help make a small kitchen feel bigger is to use light colours and in a low contrast palette. Forget having dark walls or black cupboards which will make the room feel even more enclosed and instead opt for light colours, such as white, soft grey and cream. You don’t have to everything in the room exactly the same colour, just try and choose colours from the same families, such as different shades of white.
Mirrors are great for helping small rooms look bigger, but aren’t the most practical accessory for a kitchen wall. Instead, you can gain similar benefits from adding shiny surfaces – think shiny stainless steel kitchen appliances, glass tiles, gloss cabinet finishes or shiny sparkling floors.
Making your kitchen feel light and airy can help it feel bigger too. Make the most of any windows you have by keeping window treatments minimal. Add a blind to match your light colour palette, or try using window film to give you privacy, whilst still allowing plenty of light to flow through.
Your flooring can effect how big your kitchen looks, so get crafty and create some visual illusions. Using geometric patterns or stripes on your floor can help your room look longer or wider than it really is. If you aren’t able to change your current flooring, then you can create a similar effect by adding a patterned or striped floor rug or runner.
They’re a necessary part of many kitchens, but fittings such as cooker hoods can be bulky and ungainly. If your kitchen is short on space, try and opt for the most minimalist cooker hood you can find. Choose one with a shiny surface, and you’ll get double the benefits!
If you have space for a small table and chairs in your kitchen, choose slimline options to avoid the space from getting too cluttered. Opt for furniture that can easily be folded down when not in use, and chairs with cut-out backs so the light still flows through.
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