Is a small kitchen not living up to your expectations? Most of us don’t have the luxury of having the Property Brothers come in and knock down a few walls here and there to really open up the kitchen. However, there are many easy tips to follow to make your small kitchen feel grand in size and design!
If you feel like the walls are closing in around you, it might just be the paint color on the walls. Dark walls instantly make a room feel smaller and closed in. Brighten up your small kitchen with light colors on everything from walls to cabinets. If you have the option, go for white cabinets or consider painting your existing cabinets. By having everything light, bright, smooth, and seamless you will instantly add the illusion of space.
If you are going for new appliances in your small kitchen, look for the sleek and smooth surfaces with clean lines and minimal fuss. Camouflaging appliances like the dishwasher and refrigerator with cabinet faces will also help to make the space seem more cohesive and, at the same time, bigger.
Anytime you can find a way to reflect light around your kitchen you will add space (or at least the appearance of space). This can be achieved in a variety of ways. While the use of mirrors is not traditional in kitchens, a strategically placed mirror can add depth to an otherwise small room by reflecting light. This same effect can also be achieved with reflective surfaces like stainless steel, high gloss cabinets and floors, or glass tile backsplash.
You really cannot have too much light in a small kitchen. Take it any way you can get it, whether it be natural light, ambient lighting, or task lighting. If you have the ability to add a window or skylight you will instantly add a larger appearance of square footage in your tiny kitchen. Not possible? Go for plenty of pendant lights, under-cabinet lighting, and even a chandelier. Light it up and watch your space grow before your eyes!
Leaving sight lines open is another easy way to trick the eye into the illusion of more space in a room. When things are see-through, your brain will believe there is more to see than there really is! There are many ways this can be accomplished in a kitchen including backless bar stools, a wire kitchen island, glass pendant lights, or glass-front cabinets.
Perhaps the easiest and least expensive way to produce the semblance of more space in your kitchen is to reduce the clutter. Keeping countertops free of appliances, minimal wall décor, and using thoughtful organization are all simple tricks to add space. Keep cabinets organized and orderly and be sure everything has a place and stays there!
A small kitchen doesn’t have to be a problem. Following trouble-free tips to maximize your space and even create a little more will go a long way to making your kitchen as functional and enjoyable as possible. Are you ready to take your kitchen to the next level? At Kitchen Kraft we don’t mind if your kitchen is small; we can make any space fabulous, big or small!
Call Kitchen Kraft today for an appointment to get your project rolling. (614) 449-7200