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How to Make Your Small Kitchen Look Larger

by Daniel Morrell

Posted on February 04, 2018 07:00:00 AM

Whether you’re starting out in a new condo or if you’ve lived in your home for years, small rooms are everywhere. If you can’t afford or don’t have the option of expanding the room, but just can’t get over the sense of claustrophobia your small room creates, what can you do? Luckily, there are quite a few simple home hacks to trick your eyes, and your guest’s, to seeing a larger space!

Paint Your Kitchen White

White is the best friend of a small kitchen. It reflects light, enhancing the sense of space and making it seem like the walls recede. Start by painting your room white. Having a crisp white paint on your walls will no doubt make a room appear to be much larger than it is. The light that you introduce will just bounce off of the walls and create a more inviting space.

This concept can extend to the rest of your kitchen features as well. When you include white on cabinetry, white marble countertops, walls, and on the ceiling, you create a seamless space without edges or boundaries, which allows it to feel huge! (Or at least much bigger than it originally was.) You can even use several shades of white, and combine contrasting textures to keep an all-white room from feeling sterile and boring. Recessed-panel cabinets and crown molding create subtle shadows that add interesting focal points, too. If you’d like to add even more visual eye candy, white paint is an ideal background for artwork. However, be careful about adding too much because it will then cause the room to feel cramped again. Speaking of which…

Minimize and Consolidate

Small kitchens present a ton of tough storage challenges. Your precious white marble countertops often become crowded with appliances, but eliminating clutter can help any space feel larger. Firstly, determine if there’s anything you can throw out. It’s sometimes difficult to part with items that were comfortable with but be honest with yourself. If you don’t use, you don’t need it.

A great storage option from there is to install a corner appliance garage in your kitchen and reclaim your lost storage space. It will be able to conceal coffeemakers, toasters, and other small appliances, while keeping them easy to access for food preparation.

Let the Light In

This is a similar concept to painting your kitchen white. The brighter, things are, the bigger they’ll look. Allow the maximum amount of natural in your kitchen. Natural light enlarges any space. You may have no choice about the number or placement of windows in your kitchen, but you can maximize the light you do have by keeping window treatments minimal.

Install Glass-Faced Cabinets

Glass front cabinet doors can look more modern than solid style doors, and because the inside of the cabinets are visible, they can be painted a fun, complementary color for a stylish statement, if you’d so choose, although for the sake of your small kitchen, stick with something light. You can choose to have these cabinets around your entire kitchen, or just in a certain spot, like your marble kitchen island. These are also great for showing off any decorative dinnerware that you may have.

Choose White Countertops