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How To Make Your Small Kitchen Feel Bigger

Updated: Mar 22, 2023

A small and cramped kitchen can make you feel claustrophobic and ultimately makes the kitchen an uninviting place to be in. However, just because a kitchen is small doesn't mean that it needs to feel like it. No matter what the size of your kitchen is, as long as you know a few tricks and trends, you can create the illusion of a bigger kitchen quite easily. In this article, we explore some of the ways you can make your small kitchen feel a lot bigger without compromising on storage, style, and budget.

1. Color

It's a well-known fact that darker colors can make a room look a lot smaller. Painting your entire room in a flashy red or a deep black can make it look drab since light won't be able to reflect off of it effectively. To create the feeling of an open space, stick to lighter colors like white, cream, or pastels. These colors make a room look a lot brighter, even in the absence of natural or good lighting.

2. Transparent pieces

This is the easiest way to make your kitchen look bigger. Transparent tables and chairs are trending for good reason. As they are see-through, they give off the illusion that they aren't really there, making a kitchen feel a lot less cramped. Their ability to be neutral also makes it so it can go with absolutely any kitchen space regardless of color or style, making it a good investment.

3. Upper cabinetry

Instead of adding shelving below, consider the space above your countertop for effective storage. Not only does this reduce the amount of floor space taken, it also gives the space a clean and sleek look. If you'd like the kitchen to look even bigger, try open shelving or glass door cabinets to make the space seem a lot airier.

4. Big windows

A kitchen without a window can look very dull and drab. Big windows are a great addition to any kitchen since they bring in tons of natural lighting and open up the space considerably. They also act as a reflective surface of sorts and can make the room feel a lot bigger.

5. Reflective Surfaces

Having reflective surfaces is the best way to give the illusion of a bigger space. Reflective countertops, cabinetry, and appliances can make the kitchen unit flow smoothly, while harsh lines and distractions can be avoided. Additionally, these types of surfaces will blend into your kitchen space no matter what style or color scheme you go for due to their reflective nature, making it a worthwhile investment.

6. Backsplashes

Depending on the type of backsplashes you use, your kitchen will either look tiny and tacky all at once or elegant and spacious. A neutral, light toned backsplash that can blend into the walls is an ideal selection that most kitchen owners should go for. Additionally, the height of the backsplash should be kept short, in order to avoid it attracting too much attention to the eye. Adding a shorter backsplash can also make your kitchen walls look longer than they actually are, giving a bright look to the space.

7. Lighting

This is an important aspect that can influence whether the kitchen is spacious or not. Lack of lighting can cause issues in visibility, making it difficult to function in the space. Natural lighting is considered to be the best however, in the case that it is not readily available, great lighting can be attained from units built into the ceiling, pendant lighting, and cabinetry lighting. If done right, these lighting set-ups can illuminate a space wonderfully, creating a well-lit and breezy space.

8. Slim and integrated appliances

Too many bulky appliances with a ton of wiring can make a place feel confined and small. If you can, try upgrading to state-of-the-art appliances that boast sleek designs and don't take up a lot of space. Even better, invest in integrated appliances, like an oven and stove combo, to save up on space and avoid the additional cables.

9. Alignment

A kitchen layout that is haphazardly arranged makes for a constricted environment that restricts your movement. It's important to keep the overall layout in mind when arranging your kitchen furniture and appliances. The most effective layout by far is the horizontal arrangement. This type of arrangement can make a kitchen feel wide and uncluttered.

10. Hidden storage

There's no better way to reduce clutter than to just hide it from your sight. Though it may seem tempting to just shove things away into the back of your storage units, creating actual hidden storage can create wonders in keeping your kitchen organized all while dodging the feeling of confinement in the space. The best ways to incorporate 'hidden' storage would be to opt for cabinets with deeper spacing to accommodate for all those extra plates and snacks.

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