So you don’t like the size of your kitchen? Sometimes the footprint of the home doesn’t always allow you borrow space from other areas of the home. This doesn’t mean there aren’t other options out there to make your space feel more open!
Here are some tips to stretch a kitchen without an entire remodel!
Paint it white and/or create a low contract color scheme
White is your best friend in a small kitchen! It reflects light which enhances the sense of space. When cabinetry, counter tops, walls, and the ceiling are all white, you create a seamless space without any boundaries. Creating a kitchen scheme with little difference between the colors of walls, counter tops, cabinetry, and woodwork makes a space appear larger than it really is, as well. If you aren’t too keen on having a stark white space, keep your contrasts to a minimum, and keep all shades ‘light and airy’.
Glass cabinet doors / Open shelving
Another way to artificially enhance the size of a kitchen is to replace some cabinet doors with glass inserts. No one can argue that cabinets take up space. Creating this extra sight line brings the eyes further than the cabinets, making the space feel more open.
Welcome in natural light
While we aren’t all able to add windows in our kitchen, most kitchens have at least one! Use this window to your advantage! Keep your window treatments to a minimum. If you must have some kind of drape, keep it sheer to avoid obstructing any light you do have.
Cut out bulky furnishings
This goes with the same concept as adding open shelving or glass doors. If your kitchen has an island or peninsula, try opening it up! Unfortunately, cabinets block sight lines. Having an open shelving island or utilizing a table will create a more appealing view throughout the kitchen and avoid feeling cramped.
Small kitchens only have so much counter space. Keeping a small kitchen clean is the biggest key to success when it comes to making the space feel larger. While this may mean learning some new organization techniques, it is well worth it for the benefit of a seemingly larger kitchen.