If like most homeowners you find think that your kitchen is a little cramped out (a majority of moms think so), you might be wondering how to create more space for yourself. And why not? Perhaps you want to cook like a top chef. If that’s the case, you’ll need a lot of space for the applia required appliances.
Good news is – you don’t need a new kitchen. You don’t even need to renovate your kitchen or buy a new house with a bigger kitchen. With a few tips and tricks, you can make your kitchen appear much bigger.
Here are some low cost improvements or ideas that don’t require any financial outlay at all.
A kitchen work triangle may sound like a cliché. But this has been proven to create enormous space within kitchens and improve workflow.
The work triangle connects your three main work areas of the kitchen – the sink, the stove, and the refrigerator. Make sure that the distance between any two of these areas are two simple steps.
This will allow you to work more efficiently.
White has always been used to create an illusion of having more space. Whenever you use white, the seamless transition of the walls make it appear that there is extra space.
In the kitchen, this is even more important since white is also associated with cleanliness. Of course, you need to have it squeaky clean and remove spills and stains promptly.
If need be, mix and match different textures or shades of white within your accessories to add character and contrast to the space.
Still on colours, better to paint all the cabinets the same colour as the walls. With this, you minimise visual boundaries between the surfaces and create a seamless transition.
In doing so, choose pale colours. Pale reflects light and makes spaces look bigger. However, this doesn’t mean that darker colours can’t work.
Deep tones such as black or chocolate recede visually and create an impression of the walls being further back than they really are.
Poor lighting makes your kitchen look small.
So, the first step is to ensure that your kitchen is flooded with light. Take advantage of natural light and combine it with a lot of powered bulbs.
Also, combine form and functionality by adding multiple layers of different lighting and add under cabinet lighting to brighten shadowy countertops
No matter the theme or colour you’ve chosen, you can always add metallic surface can add reflection and make it appear that there is extra space.
Glossy finishes and polished shelves create an illusion of more space. And, a beautiful kettle made from porcelain enamel alongside your glittery cutlery with the brightness of copper can only make your spaces bigger.
Note that shiny objects can actually accentuate the lighting in your small kitchen, giving it a lively, dynamic feel.
Have all the solid cabinet doors replaced with glass ones.
Glass has that light look. It also allows views to see past the surface creating the illusion of more space. This will make your small kitchen look bigger.
The only “problem” is that because viewers can now see through your cabinets, you’ll need to keep the contents sparkling clean.
Another way of opening up your kitchen is to use open shelves instead of closed cabinets. This works especially well for very small kitchens.
Besides opening up your kitchen, open shelves. are less expensive and if designed correctly, can hold just as much kitchenware as closed cabinets.
Plus, with open cabinets, you can showcase your favourite collections. If you have some vintage acquisitions that you’d like your visitors to see, you can display them on the open shelf.
Sometimes we can’t place essential kitchen appliances because of the small space. But you can easily remedy this with a compact kitchen design.
For instance, if you don’t have space for a slim fridge, there might be just enough space for an under-counter fridge.
See if you can also add electric cook-tops that can also serve as countertops. Or, you can hang your microwave under the cabinets to create more space on the countertop.
Pull-out pantries allow you to tuck away most items without worrying about storage space. Why, because the pantries themselves are tucked away behind walls so that they don’t consume any of the already scarce space.
A classic area where you can use a pull-out pantry is the space between the fridge and the wall. In most cases, this space can be as much as 10 inches or more. This is more than enough to hold canned foods and spices.
These are initial techniques to make your kitchen look bigger and maximise the space available. Simple steps such as tweaking the lights and putting additional shelves can give you the additional space and breathing room for your kitchen.