A large, spacious kitchen might as well be the dream of every household. But what do you do if you’ve ended up with a much smaller space to practice your culinary skills. Rest assured, with a little bit of lighting and some planning, you can make your kitchen look bigger. Here are a few easy steps that you can follow:
1. Declutter Your Kitchen
First thing’s first, make the best out of the space you already have. Get rid of anything that you don’t need or make use of clever storage ideas. Keeping your counter space clear will give your pantry a breezier feel. Start by storing all of your kitchen appliances inside the cupboards. You’ll also be better off finding a solution for pesky wires that can very easily be concealed with some creative measures.
A lot of people like displaying personal items in the kitchen such as photos, mugs, decorative items, potted plants – you get the idea. Carefully utilise your space plus, you can always use the fridge for that purpose. Follow the minimalistic approach and your space will look much bigger.
2. Open Storage
Once you’ve gotten rid of all your extra stuff, consider switching to open storage. Getting rid of bulky cupboards and cabinets will instantly help your kitchen look much airy, creating a much needed illusion of space.
However, for this tip to actually work, you’ll have to get rid of anything unnecessary. Ensure your open shelves don’t look too cluttered and you’re good to go. If you’re short of ideas, copper shelving is a trend that you might want to hop aboard. It will instantly lighten up eyes, allowing your kitchen to look super neat and tidy. However, be sure not to overcrowd too many things at the same spot.
3. Go with Patterns
You know how people warn against wearing horizontal stripes because it creates a widening effect? Well, this might actually be a good thing when it comes to small spaces. Play around with wood parquet or lay down tiles so that it appears parallel to the room’s entrance. Basically, opt horizontal patterns and you should be fine (you’ll be surprised to how much the right flooring can alter your space). If you can’t make any permanent changes, we suggest opting for horizontal rugs instead. This is a fuss-free solution that won’t cost as much.
4. Invest in Compact Appliances
Ask yourself the next time you go shopping, do you really need a gigantic coffee machine when there are only two adults in the house to use it? Centre all your purchases around this very mind-set. Do you really need a large dishwasher, or would a smaller one be easier to use given the limited amount of space you have?
Investing in compact appliances and gear will ensure that you won’t have to worry about storing bulky items. This will also keep your counter neat and tidy.
5. Brighten Your Space
Good lighting – it’s practically the oldest trick in the book and we’ve mentioned it a couple of times on this blog. Cluttered spaces accompanied by poor lighting is nothing short of a recipe for disaster. Don’t cramp up the room further by making it all gloomy and dark, let the sun shine in. Open up those windows every once in a while to let some fresh air in and consider opting for sheer curtains. If you prefer some privacy, opaque curtains would be a great fit.
If your kitchen still seems a little dim, consider installing lightning underneath and cabinets and above the counters. You can also add lamps or pendant lights to give the room an interesting touch. A brighter space will instantly look much larger and open. We also suggest you play around with lighter colours around the room so that light is reflected around the space.
6. Opt for Integrated Appliances
Planning on getting yourself some new appliances? Why not opt for integrated ones that will seamlessly blend with the rest of your kitchen. Your kitchen might look confusing for guests but who cares if the overall look is super sleek and neat. If you’re committed to your mission, consider remodelling the space altogether.
You can fit in the microwave with the cabinetry and also merge in the cooking zone. This is a great way to utilize room, plus, you’ll have easy access to everything from one spot.
When working with smaller items, you can opt for an appliance garage. This will declutter your kitchen space, instantly transforming the room to look much brighter and airy than ever before.
7. Go Vertical
When working with limited space, it’s best to go vertical and avoid bulky appliances and storage solutions as much as possible. Use hanging shelves, magnetic strips on the walls where you can hang knives or even peg boards. Maximise wall space so there’s enough room for you to walk freely in the kitchen.
This tip will especially come in handy if you live in an apartment or have an open-pan workstation. Instead of covering your counter with wash towels and jars, set up open shelves to help the space look clearer.
8. Pick a Colour Scheme
The colour white is usually a popular choice when folks want to create an illusion of space but you can opt for other light colours as well! The trick here is to establish continuity which will allow your kitchen to look much bigger. For much needed contrast, you can play around with some woodwork or get yourself a nice counter to strike the right balance.
9. Be Clever with Furnishings
Since you’re dealing with limited room, you might as well be smart when it comes to furnishings as well. Opt for a sleek counter, slender bar stools, a petite breakfast table – anything that’s not too bulky and heavy. Most of these designs are highly functional so we guarantee that you won’t miss the extra bulk.
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