Your kitchen plays an important role in the dynamic of your home. After all, everyone loves a good meal, and there’s something comforting about cooking in a beautiful, organized, spacious kitchen. Even if you don’t have a lot of space to work with, you can still use the area to its full advantage. Here are 10 ways to make a small kitchen look bigger.
Ways to Make a Small Kitchen Look Spacious
Generally speaking, a room appears smaller because of the way it is set up. There are numerous ways to trick the eye into thinking a space is bigger than it actually is. You can maximize space in your kitchen by taking the following steps.
1. Use light colors.
Did you know that light, neutral colors can make a small space appear far more open? Bright neutrals have come into style over the last several years and are particularly beautiful in kitchens.
2. Avoid strong visual contrasts.
Sharp contrasts between colors and patterns tend to draw the eye to one place, making a room appear more cramped. Keeping everything in the same color family prevents that from occurring.
3. Use accent lighting.
Examples of accent lighting include candlelight, cabinet lighting, extra overhead lighting, etc. During the day, natural light does its job, but during the evening, accent lightning really helps brighten things up.
4. Opt for taller cabinets.
Not only do taller cabinets draw the eye upward instead of outward, but they also utilize extra wall space and increase your storage. The more storage you have, the less clutter there is to make the kitchen appear smaller.
5. Eliminate clutter.
Along the same lines, it is important to eliminate clutter as much as possible. Extra items on counters and in cabinets reduce elbow room and lend a cramped feeling to the kitchen. In order to reduce clutter, try to have a specific place for everything and everything in its place.
6. Use reflective materials.
A decorative mirror or reflective wall tiles also increase the spacious feel of a kitchen. This is a decorating trick that has long been used by interior designers. It is simple, but it works!
7. Install glass doors.
Glass doors leading to your cabinets or pantry also trick the eye into thinking the kitchen is spacious. Just make sure you keep your cabinets and pantry organized!
8. Allow plenty of natural light.
If your kitchen does not already have windows or a skylight (in the case of a one-story home), consider renovating and putting one in. Natural light instantly brightens up an area and makes it appear more spacious.
9. Borrow space.
Depending on your home’s layout, you can borrow space from other areas. For instance, if your kitchen is walled in, consider turning that wall into a half-wall so that the room feels less closed off.
10. Hire a great designer that will bring it all together.
Ultimately, a great designer is one of the easiest ways to maximize your kitchen space and functionality. Colors, materials, cookware, flooring, etc. all play a huge role in your kitchen’s “feel,” and a great designer will bring each factor together in a beautiful way.
How Can Caruso Kitchens Help?
For over 30 years, Caruso Kitchens has created thousands of award-winning dream kitchens for Colorado residents. With over 150 years of combined experience, our skillful designers will help you create the kitchen of your dreams. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an interview, call us today. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area.