10 Ways to Make a Small Kitchen Feel Bigger
The kitchen is often the central hub of a home. It’s where families gather each morning as the kids go off to school, where aunts and uncles and cousins joke around while prepping Thanksgiving dinner, and where home chefs whip together delicious culinary creations.
For many, a huge, dream kitchen perfect for entertaining and cooking four-course meals is just that – the stuff of dreams. If you fall into this category, don’t worry. With some TLC and DIY home improvement efforts, you can transform your small kitchen into an open, welcoming space that feels much bigger than it actually is.
Follow these 10 tips to make a small kitchen feel bigger:
1. Lighten Up Your Color Scheme
Dark colors make small rooms feel even smaller. Go for a lighter color scheme – think light neutrals or airy pastels – or opt for crisp, classic white to give your kitchen a more open and sophisticated feeling.
2. Avoid High Contrast Colors
As you’re selecting a new color scheme, remember to avoid high contrast colors, not just on your walls and in your décor, but on your floor, too. If you paint the walls white, opt for a light grey tile backsplash. If you have hardwood floors, don’t place a lighter colored rug in the middle of the room – it will only break up the space and make it feel even smaller.
3. Replace Wood Cabinets with Glass
Replace wood cabinet doors with glass doors. This will allow the eye to travel further into the space, giving the illusion of a larger room.
4. Go for Slender and Open Furniture
Ditch your old, bulky kitchen furniture. Look for slim, slender tables, perhaps with translucent materials, and armless chairs to open up space.
5. Choose the Right Lighting Fixtures
Make sure your lighting fixtures are appropriate for your kitchen’s size and ceiling height. Unless you have a very high ceiling, stay away from big, opulent chandeliers. Look for simple and minimalistic lighting fixtures, instead.
6. Take Advantage of Natural Light
While you’re thinking of lighting, take into account any natural lighting you might be able to take advantage of. Maximize natural lighting with light-colored or sheer curtains, or simple white blinds over your windows, to allow as much natural light into the room as possible.
7. Maximize Vertical Space and Draw the Eye Upward
Build open shelfing as high as you can to increase storage space (a must in a small kitchen!) and to draw the eye upward.
8. Keep it Simple and Remove Clutter
It’s no secret that clutter makes any room seem smaller. In a small kitchen, clutter can be even worse. Keep it simple with fewer personal touches and decorations, opting instead to use your minimal space to strategically organize all of your cooking tools.
9. Put Your Food Away
Keep your food off of countertops, tables, the top of the refrigerator, etc. Consider changing a few cabinets to drawers to create more space. If you have extra space in between your refrigerator and the wall, build a slim pull-out shelving unit to store small items like spices.
10. Create an Open Concept Living Space
If you have extra wiggle room in your budget and the right home layout, consider creating an open concept kitchen and living or dining space. Even removing part of a wall can help to make your kitchen feel bigger by opening up the space and allowing more light into the room.
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