Does your kitchen feel more cramped than usual? Since the kitchen is one of the most used areas in any home, it’s important that it feels large enough to accommodate everyone, while also staying welcoming and cozy. Luckily, creating the perfect kitchen does not require huge amounts of space. In fact, even the smallest kitchens can feel roomy if you keep a few clever design strategies in mind while renovating. Below, Joseph Kitchen and Bath has listed a few tips that will help you make your kitchen feel much larger without needing to knock down any walls.
Bring in the Light
Light is your best friend when your kitchen is smaller than average. Letting in natural light will help improve the look of the space while also giving it a larger feel. If there is no way to bring in more natural light, adding atmospheric lighting or task lighting will also help improve the look of your kitchen.
Patterns That Pop!
Using patterns on your walls can help make your kitchen feel larger and truly unique. Vertical lines that are painted, tiled, or within your wallpaper will increase the height of the kitchen and make the space seem less cramped. Geometric patterns can also fool the eye and create a feeling of more depth, even when none actually exists.
Using light-coloured cabinets and walls will help boost the available light in the kitchen. When there is more light, it automatically makes the space appear larger. If you don’t like a bone white colour, you can also choose light-coloured pastels and neutrals instead. Pale blue is another great shade that invites light while also offering a soothing feel to your kitchen space.
Lightweight Kitchen Furniture & Added Glass
Heavy or bulky furniture can make any room feel heavier and appear smaller. Choose lightweight dining tables, chairs, and fixtures for your kitchen to make the space appear larger. Adding glass is another way to trick the eye into thinking there is more space than what is actually available. The reflective nature of the material will help the eye to travel over the kitchen space, making it feel more spacious overall. During your kitchen renovation, consider adding glass to cabinets or doors where appropriate.
Keep Storage Simple
Most small kitchens are lacking in storage space. This will often leave you with crowded counters and overflowing bins. Instead, get rid of unused kitchen tools, or even those that are simply outdated. There is no reason to have a bulky automatic can opener on your counter when a smaller handheld version works just as efficiently. Store your seldom-used dishes and utensils on the higher shelves and invest in an appliance garage to store your kitchen gadgets. You can also consider adding a mobile pantry in the space between the fridge and your wall.
How We Can Help
Renovating a small kitchen can be difficult, but with these creative design ideas, you can make your space a destination for the whole family. If you’re interested in giving your kitchen the illusion of having more space than is actually available, the Joseph Kitchen and Bath team is only a phone call away. Contact us at (905) 707-7756 for more information on our Toronto kitchen renovation services.