If your kitchen is on the small side but dreams big, here are some tips and tricks to make the most of the space you have. From seamless color choices, to smart storage solutions that calm the clutter, here are four clever tips to make your small kitchen seem larger than it actually is.
Tip #1: White Reflects Light
If you are planning a kitchen remodel, opting for an all-white kitchen is a smart choice when space is limited. According to Better Homes and Gardens, white reflects light and helps the walls receded, creating the illusion of a more spacious kitchen. You can create a seamless space by including white cabinetry, countertops, walls, backsplash tile, and a white ceiling in your room design.
When choosing cabinets, consider a recessed-panel style and decorative molding to create visual interest. If an all-white kitchen is too traditional for your taste, you could stick with a “tone on tone” color scheme instead, such shades of light gray or creamy beige. This subtle, low-contrast look is one of the hottest kitchen trends, and works particularly well in contemporary and transitional designs.
Tip 2: Glass Opens Up A Room
If you want to add an extra touch of airiness to your space, add glass front doors to your cabinets during your kitchen remodel. This simple swap opens up the room and pulls the eye into your cabinetry, making the walls seem farther away and the room more spacious. The same holds true for open shelving.
Just keep in mind that clutter can have the opposite effect, making a room appear crowded and tight, so be sure to keep the inside of your cabinets tidy and organized. Glass front cabinet doors are perfect for showcasing a prized pottery collection, or the crystal stemware passed down from your grandmother. Keep mismatched items like coffee mugs and small appliances behind solid cabinet doors.
Tip 3: Let The Sunshine In
Small kitchens love natural light. If you’re lucky enough to have a window or two in the kitchen, keep window treatments to a minimum by installing a simple valance, a Roman shade, or plantation shutters that filter in the sunshine.
If you don’t have a source of natural light in your kitchen, illuminate your space with recessed lighting fixtures in the ceiling, under cabinet task lights, and glass pendants over your Kitchen Island — and don’t forget to use energy-efficient bulbs, such as LEDs, or CFLs.
Tip #4: Calm The Clutter
A small kitchen is usually short on storage space. If your countertops are often cluttered with small appliances and cooking utensils, it’s time to invest in some smart storage solutions. Inside cabinet accessories can help to calm the clutter and make your kitchen feel much more spacious. Keep pots, pans and lids corralled in a Two-Tier Cookware Organizer. Install a Heavy Duty Mixer Lift to house your stand mixer behind closed doors, and keep it easily accessible. Add a trimmable Knife Block and Utility Tray inside kitchen drawers to get cooking tools off the counter. Or hide your waste container inside a base cabinet instead of leaving it out in the open for all to see.
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