Tips on how to make your small kitchen look bigger
Updated: Oct 20, 2020
We all know that the style of every home is different. You might feel that you have a small kitchen and wonder what can be done about it. The good news is that a remodeling is probably not required. Check out our advice below on how you could make your kitchen seem larger without remodeling.
Stick with neutral colors
Painting is typically the quickest and most cost efficient home improvement project. To make your kitchen feel bigger, be careful about the paint color you select. Be thorough when choosing your color because this can have the largest impact on the result of the project.
When painting a smaller kitchen, it is typically best to stay with something neutral. One of the easiest and most obvious ways to go is with white paint due to its versatility. White can be used for just about any section or all of the kitchen, including walls, trim, cabinets, etc. However, when using white, always apply multiple layers of paint.
Of course, white is not the only answer. Other paint colors that will help expand the size appearance of a space include creams, grey, beige, or softer shades of tan. At the end of the day, it is about the look you are looking to attain.
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Use some color
The neutral paint color will set the tone for the kitchen. This not to imply at all that you need to stay away from all color. Adding color here and there is a great way to give the kitchen some life. This is easily accomplished by adding accents that have color. For example, you can use seat cushions, art work, curtains and shades, rugs, or even counter top appliances. This can also bring together the entire space and increase the appearance of size.
Spruce up those cabinets
It is not all about the walls, you can also use light color on the cabinets to make the kitchen feel airy and spacious. Try to stay away from cold, dark colors when it comes to the cabinets. Painting the cabinets is not a simple task, so you want to hire a painting professional who will do the job right. The painting professional will be experienced in properly removing the hardware, sanding properly, and preparing the cabinets. Keep in mind that you spend a lot of time in your kitchen, so it is worth the effort to have it look its best.
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Avoid using different colors for the walls and trim
Applying the same color to both the trim and walls results in no borders at the point where they meet. Having no borders will provide the effect of your ceiling feeling higher and providing a roomier atmosphere.
The backsplash and countertops should match
An extra tip to have your kitchen come together is to line up the colors of the backsplash and countertop. Similar to when you matched the trim to the wall, it will provide visual continuity when you look upward from the floor to ceiling, and will appear to increase its size.
Same goes for storage
Even for storage, stay with the concept of drawing the eye’s attention going up from the floor to ceiling. Always think vertically when adding storage to your kitchen. It is typically better to go with narrow shelving as you go up the wall. Cookware can be hung from the ceiling. This is particularly true when you have an open kitchen.
Avoid flat paints
Do not use flat paints in the kitchen. Alternatively, use more reflective paint to make your kitchen appear lighter and more airy. Two paints you can use that will reflect light better than flat are eggshell and satin. An extra bonus of using these paints is that they are much easier to clean. Just about any stain will come off more easily on these paints than on flat paint.
Check out this page from Lowe’s to give you some kitchen remodeling ideas.
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