Make Your Kitchen Look Larger

5 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look Larger

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Purchasing a home is a good investment for anyone today. However, even though there are many homes on sale in different places, it is difficult to find that one home that ticks everything on your checklist for the perfect home.

For instance, you might get a house with everything you need but a small kitchen. This might make it necessary for you to find ways of making the small kitchen look bigger. Should you remodel, renovate, or incorporate other design ideas?

Well, whatever you decide to do, there are numerous kitchen ideas and design tricks you can implement to make your kitchen look larger. These ideas help you create the illusion of space even when you do not have the actual space. But before the ideas…

How to Accurately Estimate the Costs of Your Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchen remodeling is not a minor project and can end up costing you a lot of money if you do not plan well for the project. The total cost depends on several things, key among them the materials you use, the kitchen’s size, and the scale of the project.

Fortunately, even though you might decide to hire a professional to estimate kitchen remodeling costs for you, you can also do it on your own using some online resources. This is a step that you do not need to skip when starting this project. Here are a few ways to make your kitchen look larger;

Avoiding Strong Visual Contrast

If you have chosen a certain color for your kitchen, make sure that you are going to stick to that particular color. Some homeowners think that by adding an accent wall to their kitchen, they will be livening things up. However, this is a mistake.

This is a great idea for people with large kitchens. However, adding a strong visual contrast to a small kitchen leaves the kitchen feeling restricted or segmented. To make the kitchen look larger, make sure that you have kept your kitchen walls bright and light.

Use Light Colors

There are three design components you can use to make your small kitchen look larger than it is. They include the items in the kitchen, lighting, and color. One of the easiest ways for those who do not want to get rid of their items or add more lighting is repainting.

If your kitchen has bold and dark walls, then chances are very high that it feels cozy and crowded, especially if you have a small kitchen. This is one of the reasons why your kitchen looks and feels smaller, even though its actual size is small.

On the other hand, you can use lighter colors to change the look and feel, and make the kitchen look larger. You can make your kitchen feel open with colors such as shades of gray, light yellows, creams, off-whites, or antique whites.

Use Cabinets for Extra Space

Cabinets play a very important role when creating more space in a kitchen, whether small or large. To make your small kitchen large, consider choosing a modern kitchen cabinet design. These cabinets raise your ceiling to a higher level.

In addition, taller cabinets give you more storage in the kitchen. This means that you can keep some of your kitchen items in the cabinet. This is crucial in making small kitchens look larger.

When adding the cabinets, make sure that their colors are light just like the kitchen walls. You should also avoid using complicated door designs that might end up making it difficult to achieve your goals.

Use Accent Lighting

When making your small kitchen look larger, you need to make sure that you have eliminated any shadows in the kitchen by adding accent lighting. For instance, make sure that you do not have shadow lines between the kitchen ceiling and cabinets.

With lighting installed above the cabinets, you will be able to soften or even erase any shadows. This plays a vital role in making the kitchen feel open and larger. You can also install more lighting beneath the cabinets.

Place Kitchen Items in the Right Places

If you leave things such as small appliances, spices, cookbooks, and other items on the countertop, you will end up eating a lot of valuable space and making the kitchen look even smaller than it already is.

When installing new cabinets, make sure to have different storage customizations to take care of the items you want to keep in the cabinets. For instance, you can have swing-out shelves, pull-outs, or even concealed storage for different items. This will help you ensure that kitchen items are kept in the right places.

In conclusion, making your kitchen look larger is not a difficult task. All you need to do is to ensure that you understand the techniques discussed above and use the ones that meet your requirements.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.