5 Ways To Make Your Small Kitchen Bigger

5 Ways To Make Your Small Kitchen Bigger

Having a small kitchen space might seem extremely limiting, especially when it comes to what you can do with it design-wise. However, there are actually plenty of ways that you can make your smaller kitchen bigger–or at least, make it seem bigger, which can make it more comfortable and easier to use. The following are five ways that you can make your small kitchen bigger:

1. Open it up

If your kitchen is so small that it feels claustrophobic, then you should consider a few ways to open it up. The most effective way to do this would be to knock down a wall, thereby opening up the kitchen to the living room space (if they happen to be adjacent). This will make your kitchen feel much more spacious. However, this isn’t always a possibility. If you can’t knock down a wall, consider replacing some of your bulky upper cabinets with open shelving. This is an excellent solution, especially if you’re not in need of a ton of storage space.

2. Use glass elements

If you can’t replace your cabinets because you need the storage space, consider replacing the solid cabinet doors with glass cabinet doors. The ability to see through the cabinets will help open up your kitchen visually as well. In fact, adding glass elements in other places can achieve the same effect, such as using glass for your kitchen tabletop or for your kitchen door. You might even want to use glass for your backsplash. A mirrored backsplash can help increase the perception of space in the kitchen.

3. Add lighting

One design flaw that will make any kitchen feel smaller than it is, no matter how big of a kitchen you have, is the lack of proper lighting. By making sure your kitchen is well lit, you can help make it feel more spacious than it is. For example, install lighting underneath your cabinets to eliminate shadows on your countertops. Hang pendant lights above your kitchen island. You could even install lighting under your base cabinetry to give your kitchen more visual depth (and to make it easier to see at night without having to turn on all the kitchen lights).

4. Use color strategically

Colors have a big impact on the perception of size. Using lighter colors will help make any room feel bigger than it is, whereas darker colors tend to make areas feel smaller. White cabinets with light or pastel colored walls is a great way to open up space visually. You can also add lighter colors in other ways as well, such as in the use of your kitchen towels, furniture, or decor.

5. Go for a more minimalist design

One reason a smaller kitchen often feels cramped is that the homeowner still insists on using large kitchen appliances. You can make your kitchen feel less cramped by using smaller appliances and foregoing those appliances that you don’t really need. When your appliances are smaller, you’ll find that there’s more space to use them.

A small kitchen can often feel cramped and inconvenient; fortunately, there are a few ways that you can make it bigger or, at the very least, make it seem bigger to help improve the overall feel of the space. These are five effective ways to do just that. For more kitchen remodeling advice or for information about our Conestoga RTA cabinets, be sure to contact us at Lifestyles Cabinetry and Millwork today.