Unfortunately, modern homes are not always blessed with space. The one room that we spend a lot of time in, where space is needed is the kitchen . If you have a small kitchen, here’s how to make the most of it, using clever interior design tricks and maximising storage.
Light and Bright
If your kitchen is small, follow one golden rule when decorating – keep it light and bright. White is your best friend in a small kitchen as it reflects light, making it seem as though there is more space. You can use white on your walls, cabinets, counters and ceilings which creates a seamless feel. If you’re keen to avoid it looking too sterile, you can opt for contrasting shades of white, or use mouldings to create shadows which add interest to the room. If you’d rather not go for all white, you can use light grey or even a pastel colour.
One way to make your kitchen look bigger is to remove your cabinet doors and replace them with glass. It makes the walls feel further away by taking the eye past the cabinet frames. However, you should make sure that you keep the contents of the cabinets looking orderly, as clutter can make the room feel more crowded.
Use patterns on the floor of your kitchen to make the space look longer. You can use geometric shapes or stripes to draw the eye lengthways. If you’re in a rental property and you can’t change the floor, use a patterned runner instead.
Make the Most of Natural Light
Natural light can make any space look bigger. You probably can’t choose where the windows are in your kitchen, but you can make the most of it by avoiding curtains and keeping any window treatments minimal. You can use glossy surfaces to bounce off the light.
Make it Open Plan
If the layout of your home allows, you can remove part of the wall between the kitchen and living/dining room. It won’t make the kitchen itself bigger, but it will open up the space to bring in more light.
Eliminate Clutter and Increase Storage
As we said before, clutter can make the room feel crowded, so you’ll want to reduce the amount of clutter on your worktops. Doing this requires storage which you might not always be blessed with in a small kitchen. Take advantage of every inch of space in the kitchen – corner shelves, on top of units and so on. You can use corner appliance garages to conceal things like the toaster.
Take the Eye High
You can use a well-known interior design trick to make your kitchen appear bigger – take the eye high. It will make the ceiling appear higher. You can do this by using mouldings on your cabinets to draw the eye upwards. You could also place decorative plates or ceramic tiles on top of your units. Whatever you use, make sure it fits in well with your existing decor.
Do you have a small kitchen? What are your tricks to make it feel bigger?