Pain dark cabinets a lighter color, or keep bottom cabinets dark and painting upper cabinets a lighter color (creating the illusion of height)
Add pops of color behind open shelving or a bold accent wall
Keep your ceiling white
Avoiding matte paint (satin or eggshell paint allows light to bounce off of surfaces, making the space feel bigger)
2. Replace Cabinet Doors with Glass and/or Add Open Shelving
Adding glass doors to cabinets and/or replacing cabinets with open shelving can make it seem like you have more space. Of course, for this trick to work, you need to keep your shelves free of clutter that may make your space look messy as well as small.
Some ways to make glass cabinet doors or open shelving work in your space:
Stick with a color palette (put all white or all red dishes on display, while storing mismatched dishes away somewhere else)
Balance smaller and larger items
Keep things functional by keeping items you use daily close at hand and putting those you use less often on the higher, out-of-reach shelves
3. Try Geometric Patterns
Geometric patterns are becoming a major trend for small kitchens. It’s not only a fun element to incorporate, but it adds texture, depth and can trick the eye, making your kitchen look bigger than it really is.
You can add geometric shapes using tile, wallpaper, or kitchen accessories, like a floor runner.
Beware of adding too many geometric patterns, though. The more you add, the more chaotic your kitchen will look.
4. Add Mirrors or Mirrored Surfaces
Mirrors reflect light, opening a space and giving the impression that a small space is bigger. You can put an actual mirror in your small kitchen remodel, or you can add a mirrored backsplash.
If you have an eat-in kitchen, adding a mirror to your dining space will not only make it seem bigger – it’s good feng shui practice, too. A mirror in the dining room is said to improve your capacity to hold onto wealth.
5. Connect Your Kitchen to the Great Outdoors
Do you have a nice outdoor space outside your kitchen walls? Add some French doors – they’re definitely worth the investment. They will bring in a lot of light into your kitchen and extend the sightline out of doors, making your space look bigger.
6. Add Some Accent Lights
Our eyes are drawn to shadows, and they can make a small space feel cramped. Adding accent lights, particularly to shelving or underneath cabinets, removes shadows, effectively opening the space and making it look bigger while increasing the functionality of your kitchen at the same time.
7. Streamline Your Storage Space
Aside from looking and feeling cramped, a small kitchen has another problem – lack of storage.
Something we recommend doing regularly is taking inventory and spending time decluttering. Take inspiration from Marie Kondo and go through your belongings and keep only what you need and use. (Do you really need 10 spatulas and two food processors?)
Once you’ve decluttered, you can make good use of the space you have by investing in appropriate organizational elements such as a corner cabinet. Hide your coffee pot and toaster while making them easily accessible.
During an In-Home Consultation - our team can work with you to develop the best design for your organization needs.
We all know that wearing wide, horizontal stripes can make us look bigger than we’d like. Similarly, adding horizontal stripes to your kitchen can make it seem wider. You can add these stripes with wallpaper, tile, flooring or rugs.
Hire a Contractor
You might think you can save money by doing a small kitchen remodel on your own. In some cases, this can be true. It can however end up costing you more in the long run.
Hiring a contractor can be a lifesaver when issues arise, particularly structural, electrical or plumbing problems. It’s very rare that a remodel is as simple as just painting and tiling, especially in older homes.
A licensed contractor will save you a lot of time, money, and frustration. They’ll make sure the work is done right, providing peace of mind that your kitchen remodel is going to stay in good working order for years to come.
Just because you have a tight budget and a small space doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful kitchen. With our small kitchen remodel ideas, we can help you create a space you’ll love, one that will truly be the heart of your home.
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