The kitchen is a sought-after feature in any home. Homeowners like to use the kitchen space not only as a designated cooking area, but also an area to socialise, and to decorate. Often, having a small kitchen seems like you drew the short straw- but don’t be fooled- there is absolutely no reason to feel sorry about a small kitchen. Smaller kitchens have advantages, they’re cosier, easier to clean, and you won’t spend a long period of time trying to find something in your extra-large kitchen. Instead of neglecting your kitchen due to its size, there are plenty of trips and tricks you can do to renovate and remodel the space, to help create the illusion of space in your kitchen. Smaller kitchens are also beneficial for those who are working professionals, living alone or as a first-time home for couples. If you’re wondering how to revamp your small kitchen, here at We Buy Any House have compiled our top tips.
The colour scheme in your kitchen has a big impact on the illusion of space and light in the room. While lighter colours with a white tint will reflect light and make the room appear bigger, darker colours will leave your kitchen feeling camped and dark. Lighter colours are your best friend, as white walls will enhance the sense of space and light in the kitchen.
Slightly dramatic, but essential if you’re determined to make the space look bigger. Visually raising the ceiling will dramatically change the effects of your kitchen and incorporating wall-to-wall glazing will maximise the feel of the room while also creating a contemporary feel to the room. The natural light that will beam through the glazed roof brighter space- but just ensure you have sufficient insulation to stop heat and kitchen smells from travelling.
Mirrors are a great way to make any room feel more spacious. Homeowners tend to put mirrors throughout their home, but often avoid the kitchen area- when in reality mirrors in the kitchen can be a great addition. Mirrors are great for reflecting light, and instantly making any room feel more spacious. The reflected light tricks the eye into thinking the space is bigger and can transform a small and dingy space into a comfortable area that is perfect for cooking and socialising. Alongside mirrors, consider using reflective surfaces such as: glass tiles, shiny floors, high-gloss paint, stainless steel appliances and glossy cabinet.
Clutter is never great when you’re trying to make a space look bigger. Having lots of miscellaneous items lying around only makes the space look smaller, and ornate, overly decorative details can make a room feel fussy. In order to make your kitchen look bigger, consider a minimalist approach to your kitchen. Incorporate a rule that all surfaces are going to be clear or clutter, and that you are only going to keep necessary items in the cupboards, this way you will avoid storage spaces becoming overcrowded. If you want to remove things from your work surface such as kettle or food bin, why not think about investing in a steaming hot water tap or a food waste disposal system?
Bulky cupboard doors can take away precious space in a small kitchen. To gain a airier and more spacious feel to your kitchen, remove some cupboard and cabinet doors and watch how the room is totally transformed. Open cupboards or shelves instantly create the illusion of more space- but that’s only if your cupboards and shelves aren’t overwhelmingly full. Keep shelving and cupboard items to a minimum to ensure you maximise the illusion of space.
To make your small kitchen look bigger, consider connecting your backsplash and countertops for a more cohesive look, which will ultimately make your room look bigger. In smaller spaces, black and white granite countertops that extend up the walls offer a seamless appearance which will make your kitchen look more spacious.
Slimline, Integrated Appliances:
To make the most of the space in your small kitchen, try to integrate appliances that blend in with the rest of your kitchen, to offer a sleek and seamless finish to your kitchen. Another tip is to choose appliances that have the same door front as the rest of the kitchen, to offer a sense of cohesiveness to the room. Additionally, slimmer cabinets, a compact dishwasher and slimline fridge are great for smaller kitchens as they don’t take up too much space.