Perhaps you’ve been thinking about ways to expand the look of your kitchen, but you’re not quite ready to do anything
drastic like knocking out a wall. The good news is that there are some strategic tricks of the trade you can use to give your somewhat cramped kitchen an aesthetic facelift. Below are 7 highly effective ways to make your kitchen appear larger.
1. Go for light-colored cabinets.
This is especially important if you have a cabinet-heavy kitchen. Dark-colored cabinets
have a way of visually contracting a space, making it look smaller than it actually is. Choose light-colored cabinets to open up the space and create a roomier look and feel.
2. Choose glass front cabinets.
The visual effect that glass front cabinets create allows the eye to travel a greater distance, because it doesn’t run into solid cabinet doors when scanning the kitchen. Glass front doors will also give your cabinetry a lighter, more “airy” look, which creates the convincing illusion of more space. You can also achieve this same effect using open shelves.
3. Choose proportionally appropriate furnishings.
If you choose furnishings (e.g., islands, stools, chairs, tables, etc.) that have a smaller footprint, they won’t occupy too much valuable floor space, thereby creating a more expansive look for the kitchen.
4. Streamline your appliances.
Fortunately, there are several appliances on the market that are somewhat compact in size, but can still deliver the same quality, performance and energy efficiency as their larger counterparts. Choose these types of appliances to conserve as much kitchen space as possible.
5. Focus on creating clean lines.
Even with conservatively-sized cabinetry
and furnishings, your kitchen can still seem cramped if these items are excessively ornate or elaborately designed. As much as your personal preference can stand it, incorporate clean lines and an overall sleek look, so that the space offers few visual interruptions.
6. Keep everything within the same color family.
Stark color contrasts are like a jolt to the eye, interrupting the flow of the space and creating visual barriers that can diminish the perceived size of your kitchen. Keep cabinets, walls, etc., within the same color family in order to strike a note of visual harmony that will make the space look and feel a little bigger.
7. Reduce clutter as much as possible.
In a smaller kitchen, every square inch of available space is precious, so try to keep cabinets, shelves and counters as clutter-free as possible. Pare down to the essentials by only including a couple of key accents, and find places to store everything else. This holds true for countertop appliances as well; if you can build a space into the cabinetry for your microwave, so be it, and store other small appliances (e.g., toasters, blenders, juicers, etc.) out of sight.
For many people, the idea of remodeling the kitchen can seem like a daunting task. With so many options to choose from, it can feel overwhelming trying to narrow them down to what will fit your lifestyle and personal preferences. The design professionals at Lifestyle Kitchen Designs
know how to help you expand the look of your kitchen by using practical space-saving techniques along with inventive design modifications. Visit one of our kitchen remodeling and design showrooms in Cincinnati or Centerville, OH today to discover the many possibilities that are available for your kitchen!