The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a place where meals are cooked and the family can spend time preparing meals together. Therefore, it’s important to have a kitchen where you feel comfortable working and cooking in. Unfortunately, and increasing number of us live in apartments that don’t have much space and kitchens are therefore relatively smaller.
There are many ways to make small kitchen spaces seem larger than they actually are. These methods are rather simple and can be done without much cost.
1. Avoid highly contrasting colours
Choose a monochromatic colour scheme for your kitchen, or colours that are close to each other on the colour wheel. A seamless continuity between your cabinets, counter tops and drawers has an expansive effect, and won’t cause the eyes to perceive too many straight lines that make the kitchen look smaller. It also helps if you stick to earthy colours rather than loud ones.
2. Let lots of light in
Make sure you have at least one large window that lets plenty of light in. The more windows you have, the better. It’s also good to ensure that your kitchen windows are made of clear glass so that you can look out and don’t feel so enclosed. Therefore, you should try avoiding tinted or frosted glass so that sunlight can enter your kitchen unhindered.
3. Use glass doors for your cabinets
Replace solid doors on your cabinets with ones made of clear glass. This will allow your eyes to travel all the way to the back of your storage areas, hence creating the illusion that your kitchen is larger that it actually is. Alternatively, you can also consider installing more open storage areas, like open shelves.
4. Choose clean and simple furnishings
Whether it’s your cabinets, shelves, countertops or drawers, stick to colours and designs that are simple and look lightweight. Avoid complicated patterns and stick to natural textures. This applies to your electrical appliances too, so choose appliances that don’t have ‘busy’ designs and are very minimalist.
5. Go for striped flooring
Just like horizontal stripes on clothing give the illusion that you are wider, and vertical lines make you look taller and slimmer, lines on the floors of your kitchen can help make it look larger too. You don’t have to pick garish looking linoleum or tiles. Instead, go for the natural lines in floorboards and arrange monochromatic tiles in a pattern that will draw the eyes lengthwise. This will trick the eye into believing that the space itself is wider than it actually is.
There are many ways to create an illusion of a bigger kitchen so that you’ll feel comfortable as you cook and can give it your all. If you need a bit of help in transforming you small kitchen space, there are plenty of renovation experts and contractors here on Kaodim that can help you.
written by Michelle Chee