6 ways to make a small kitchen look bigger

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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You might not be able to do anything about the dimensions of your kitchen, but you can certainly do something about the way that it looks and feels. Whether you are wanting to do a complete overhaul or just make a few aesthetic changes, this ideabook has 6 great space busting methods for you to instantly make your small kitchen appear bigger and airy. You don't need to bust your bank balance, either. Simplicity is key, take note from our Nordic neighbours and keep the design pragmatic, clutter-free and neutral. With these elements in mind, you're on the right track to having all your big kitchen dreams in a small space. Take a look…

1. Shiny surfaces

Just like mirrors, shiny surfaces reflect and help to bounce light. You may not want to put a mirror in your kitchen area, and that's totally understandable, but there are other ways in which you can achieve a similar effect with just as much impact. In this instance, keep the light source bright and white, a yellow or opalescent light bulb may not have the same effect. If natural light is limited, a sky light or rows of downlights will help to create the most light and bright kitchen space possible!

2. Endless sight lines

The Quayside Shaker Kitchen: classic Kitchen by NAKED Kitchens
NAKED Kitchens

The Quayside Shaker Kitchen

NAKED Kitchens

Another great way to ensure your kitchen space always appears expansive and open is to make sure that the line of sight remains clear. This means keeping elements that jut out to a minimum. If possible, the only element that should break the line of sight is the tap, otherwise, keep everything else down and out the way. The same goes for hanging lights and rangehoods. If you can find a clever solution to keep these larger items out of the way, you'll allow much more light and airiness to penetrate the space.

3. Clutter free

As mentioned above, endless lines of sight help to make a room look spacious and big. We hate to admit it, but there was truth in what our parents were saying when they constantly nagged us to put things away. The thing is, by keeping as few objects on the counter and island as possible, you kitchen will always look wider and more open. There is something cramping and off putting about clutter, and is an issue that should be resolved as quickly as possible. Of course, it is inevitable that items like a toaster or kettle will be left out once in a while, but if you make the most of storage space, which we will explore below, you can be sure that your kitchen will always look spacious and tidy.

4. Storage heroes

Given that the kitchen is a room that we collect various items over time, it comes as no surprise that there will be bits and bobs that we no longer have room for. If that's the case, have a garage sale and rid yourself of pointless clutter that is doing nothing other than bringing you down. General rule of thumb, if you haven't used something in a year, it's highly unlikely you're going to ever need it, so why not cut your losses and give your small kitchen a chance to breathe? Ample storage space is one of the most essential factors in kitchen design, and should be considered above, if not on par with features like whitegoods and light access. If each object you own has a home, they'll never be left out and create pointless clutter that you don't need in your life.

5. Let there be light

If you are blessed with a phenomenal light source in close proximity to your kitchen, make the most of it! Small or large, the impact created by a natural light source cannot be replicated. Not only does it allow for cross ventilation, so all those kitchen odours won't seep into your adjacent furniture, but it also proposes a stunning view for the space where your creative side can come to life. In this image, the sliding doors are aided by high level windows which surround the perimeter of the space. This adds light and provides privacy for the occupants—a win-win situation for all.

6. Light colour scheme

Lysia Street: modern Kitchen by S&Y Architects
S&Y Architects

Lysia Street

S&Y Architects

It seems like a no brainer, and we've heard it a thousand times before, but a light colour scheme is the mother of ways to create an illusion of extra space. No matter how small, a white kitchen with small colourful accents will feel more open and airy. In conjunction with the features mentioned above, storage options, and light and clean lines, you can be sure that you will never feel cramped or suffocated in your prized kitchen space.

If you want to see more kitchen decorating ideas, check out the following ideabooks:

8 easy ways to overhaul your kitchen space

Nifty kitchen accessories

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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