The heart of any home is in the kitchen, and the room should be open and welcoming. But in smaller kitchens where space is a concern, establishing an airy appearance can be challenging. Here are a few ways to make a confined kitchen feel more spacious.
1. Think minimal. Keep your kitchen décor simple. Go for a bud vase over a full bouquet, get rid of those knicknacks, and keep the face of the fridge clean and uncluttered. Try a single-hole pull-down faucet instead of a two-handle with a sidespray.
Trinsic Single-Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Touch2O Technology
2. Use light colors. Whitewashing countertops, cabinetry, and backsplashes gives the impression of openness without boundaries. Using light, low-contrast colors—think pale yellows, grays and greens—will also have a similar feel of spaciousness. Add your own personality to the room with pops of contrasting colours in strategic places to help draw attention to different areas.
Contemporary Wall-Mount Pot Filler (photo: @designshopinteriors)
3. Clear the counters. While having your coffee maker, toaster, cutting board, and blender on the counter may be convenient, items add clutter in a small space. Keep a few of the essentials handy and store the rest. To make the area more functional: Install hooks on the ends of cabinets or above the stove to hang utensils; add a paper towel holder and mug hooks under the cabinet; try a tilt-down drawer in front of the sink for cleaning supplies; and decorative storage bins on top of the upper cabinets are both practical and stylish.
Cassidy Single-Handle Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet (above)
4. Take down a wall. Removing a wall will allow your kitchen to share the space with the next room. Presto! Instant openness. Even a half-wall, counter or pass-through can open up sight lines and create the illusion of more space.
5. Turn on the light. Minimum window treatments will generate maximum light in the room. Adding recessed lights or a skylight is a terrific way to lighten up the space if you’ve got the time and budget. Crank up the brightness even more by installing lights below and inside cabinets. With your kitchen bathing in light, focus will be spread throughout the space instead of one or two bright areas.
Pivotal Single-Handle Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet
6. Stretch your imagination. Rugs and other floor coverings with wide patterns that move laterally across the kitchen, instead of lengthwise, will appear to stretch the room wider as visitors naturally take in the space from side to side. Vertical patterns on the walls will enhance kitchens that already have high ceilings, making them feel even higher.
Cassidy Single-Handle Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet
7. Gloss it up. Reflective appliances, countertops and faucet finishes add depth and intensify the light of the room. Glass or metal reflective backsplash tiles will have the same effect. One drawback is that glossy surfaces need to be cleaned often, but ithe glimmer and glow is worth it. Here’s how to keep your faucet sparkling
Essa Single-Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Touch2O Technology
8. Think inside the box. Gain additional inches by installing a recessed bank of shelving on the kitchen side of a section of wall. Make it match the rest of the room with trim and paint to accent the colour scheme.
Trinsic Single-Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet (photo: @bonniechristine)
9. Aim high. To make the room appear taller, draw attention to the upper areas of the space and walls. Install cabinets that go to the ceiling and place decorative objects—coloured boxes, plates, bowls—in the space above the cabinets or better yet, add a space-saving element like a magnetic knife strip on the wall, and clear the countertop of your old knife block.
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