Sometimes creating more space isn’t as easy as knocking some walls down and making everything open plan, often we have to simply work with the room that we have. We’ve created this handy guide on ‘how to make a small kitchen look bigger’, which includes some really simple design hacks to make a limited kitchen space look and feel much larger.
Our Top 5 Tips on How to Make a Small Kitchen Look Bigger
1. Draw the Eye to the Ceiling
Whether or not your home has high ceilings, you can make the most out of vertical space really easily. A simple way to do this is to build upwards with cabinetry if you’re creating a new kitchen space and create vertical illusions using decorations, such as colours and tiles.
If you’re wanting to make simple changes to your current kitchen, incorporating a statement light fixture is a great way to draw the eye upwards. Adding style above your head will make a great impact without wasting any floor space! Adding prints or high signs will help too. You can also include elongated house plants such as a Kentia Palm Tree or a Heart Leaf Pholodendron as decoration, to further draw attention vertically.
2. Utilise Storage Effectively
When working with a small kitchen space, you not only have to think about designing the look of the overall space but also how each cabinet will be used. Consider the back of doors as hanging space, the underside of shelves for cup hooks and every inch of corners and high cabinets for occasional storage.
Cupboards below eye level can be transformed into larger storage spaces by creating pull-out drawers or shelving, this way you can utilise them for larger items such as baking trays and woks.
Try investing in compact appliances, such as a microwave oven and slimline dishwasher to optimise your unit space. You could even invest in a boiling water tap to eliminate your need for a kettle!
3. Glass Front Cupboards and Shelving
Clear glass fronts are a great way to lighten the look of your kitchen cabinetry and create an illusion of more space. This is because the eye travels through the glass – immediately you will see that there is an illusion of more space. Keep lower cabinet doors solid and use them to store all your unsightly practical bits and then add glass fronts to your wall cabinets and keep your best plates, mugs and plants on show in those.
However, this illusion will not work if these cabinets are full of clutter, which leads us on to our next tip…
4. Be Ruthless!
The less you have to store, the more organised and functional your kitchen will be, therefore leaving more open space and making your kitchen feel bigger. A minimalist look works well for creating the illusion of more space in your kitchen. Avoid ‘busy looking’, overly decorative items and decorations.
If it doesn’t look like there’s enough space for all of your kitchen items, it will make the room look cramped and feel smaller; completely the opposite of what you’re trying to achieve. Any item that doesn’t have a storage space, or that is not essential, consider donating to a charity shop.
5. Colours and Lighting
White reflects light, enhancing the sense of space. Using several shades of white in your kitchen design and using different textures will help prevent an all-white room from feeling sterile and cold. Reflective surfaces such as shiny tiles and glossy cabinets will emphasise this!
If you’re adventurous, mirrors are also well-known to make a room feel more spacious, and there’s no rule to say that they can’t be used in a kitchen to this effect! If you don’t have the spare wall space for a large mirror, you could consider having one between your worktops and upper cabinets, instead of tiles or paint. You could even use a mirrored splash-back for the same effect.
Make the most of your natural light by keeping your window sills very simple with little to no ornaments. This will help to maximise the amount of natural light in the room.
We hope this blog gave you some ideas on how to make a small kitchen look bigger, our friendly team are here to help with any ideas or questions you may have.
If you would like to take a look at some of our kitchen designs, you may be able to spot some of these tips and tricks in action!