When we dream about our Utopian kitchen, we don’t generally imagine it to be small. But (don’t we know it!) reality is sometimes a long way from perfection! Nevertheless, life is what we make it, and so is the kitchen! And believe us, your kitchen doesn’t have to be big to be beautiful. Your small kitchen can still be a practical, delightful and inviting place to work and socialize.
You might still be asking yourself if there are ways and means to make the kitchen look and feel bigger, even if you can’t enlarge the footprint of the room. And believe us, there sure are! Here is a list of 10 ways to make your small kitchen seem larger:
- Paint Light
Dark rooms always seem to feel smaller, so make the whole room feel bigger and more airy with a coat of light coloured paint. Walls, cabinetry, kitchen drawers, ceilings… the whole lot! Use more than one shade of white to avoid that clinical ‘doctor’s surgery’ feel.
- Make the most of the window
Remove cafe-style curtains or lacy sheers from the window and replace them with a neat, slimline blind that can be rolled right up to allow maximum daylight into the room. Trim bushes or trees outside the window so that they don’t obstruct the view – this will avoid that ‘cooped-up’ feel.
- Go for glass
Remove some of the cabinetry fronts and replace them with glass ones. Being able to see into the cupboards gives that extra visual depth and makes the room feel bigger and more open.
- Add shine
Shiny, surfaces always make a room feel bigger than it really is, simply because they reflect the light. High gloss paint, shiny bench tops, glass, mirror, stainless steel… these are the sort of things we’re talking about.
- Open shelves
Replace some of the overhead cupboards with open shelving. This not only allows you to display your prized treasures, it also adds depth to the room. Don’t be tempted to overcrowd your shelves – keep them tidy and organized.
Remove all the unnecessary stuff. Keep your bench tops, walls and fridge/freezer door as free from clutter as possible. Decorate using one or two main items, then put the rest away out of sight. When you’re trying to make a room feel bigger, less is more!
- Excellent lighting
Install excellent electrical lighting. And consider some of these tricks too: LED strip lighting under overhead cupboards or overhead lights in glass-fronted cabinets. A well-lit, cheery kitchen always feels bigger and more spacious than one that’s dingy and dark.
- Downsize appliances
Where possible, downsize appliances. Why not take the opportunity to change the chunky, old fridge for a smaller, more slimline version? or swap the big floor oven for a sleek, modern wall-mounted one? Are there appliances that you rarely use that you can get rid of altogether? – this will free up extra space too!
Who would have thought that the flooring would make a difference? Well, believe us, it does! Use lighter colour floor coverings, avoiding high contrast with the cabinetry. Lay tiles diagonally, or ‘point to point’ to break up your space and make it feel larger than it really is.
- Movable island bench
A movable island bench is the small kitchen’s best friend! It allows for that extra food prep area but can be taken out and stored elsewhere when the extra space is needed. Movable benches can incorporate not only cupboards but kitchen drawers, wine bottle storage, and open shelving.
There are oh-so-many ways to make your lovely little kitchen look and feel bigger! And with a helping hand from the experts, you can create a dream kitchen in a surprisingly small space! Call Wonderful Kitchens today on 02 9772 2988 and discuss your kitchen plans with one of the team!