Making the kitchen feel bigger doesn’t imply squeezing your needs, furniture, and accessories. Not unless your kitchen is truly petit and your current intention is to take advantage of every single square inch and maximize the visual space.
Sometimes, even big kitchens feel claustrophobic and their ample space along with their magnitude is hidden under a lot of clutter. Why would you want to feel the kitchen bigger if it’s already big? It’s a way to make it airier, more elegant, easy to use, and easy to clean.
Let’s tie our laces and run to tell you how to make your kitchen feel bigger – whether small or big (already).
It’s a Kitchen Layout Trick
Consider the kitchen layout the A to Z of making the space look big. If you are considering kitchen remodeling, pay attention to the room’s layout. Here’s where we need to say that unless your kitchen is tiny, you don’t have to worry about squeezing or omitting things. It’s all about taking advantage of the provided space and its walls in order to create sufficient workspace but also sufficient traffic room.
What if this is a small kitchen remodel, you wonder! What then? No, you don’t have to sacrifice anything just make smart moves. Examples: get a bottom freezer fridge instead of a French door fridge. A slide-out pantry is the best thing you can do to maximize limited space and still create lots of storage room. Also, instead of getting a double basin kitchen sink, get a single basin sink – just bigger.
It’s a Color Thing
Yes, as you would probably suspect, we’d recommend white. In fact, an all-white kitchen. But that’s not the only color that will make the kitchen feel big. When it comes to choosing colors, it’s best to avoid vibrant hues and stick to neutrals that have some brightness – like white, gray, black – not beiges.
The trick is how you use color. Avoid a lot of contrast – or any color contrast. It’s best if you have a uniform kitchen design with one main color dominating the space. For example: an all-gray kitchen with a wooden butcher block countertop. An all-black kitchen. An all-white kitchen. If you want to introduce a second color, do that for the countertop.
It’s about Tossing the Excess
Declutter. Embrace a minimalistic kitchen design. Minimal kitchens look bigger, feel spacious, and are gorgeous. Organize your kitchen cabinets to fit all things you need where you need them and so, declutter the counter, the kitchen island, and all open shelves. Yes, you can keep things on display but must bring in uniformity. For instance. You can keep all white dishes stacked up on open shelves. But if you put all kinds of glassware, dishes, and colorful coffee mugs on open shelves, you create anarchy and chaos and don’t help the kitchen look bigger.
It’s the Secret of Reflection
Reflective materials, glass, mirrors, and anything transparent make spaces feel bigger. Glass, for instance, let the eye travel through cabinets – hence, fooling the eye that the kitchen is bigger. Glossy kitchen cabinetry creates an airier feeling and shiny surfaces bounce light – such reflections make the eye believe that the room is larger.
It’s Time for Consistency
We talked about the importance of color uniformity to make believe the kitchen is bigger. That’s true for all things in the kitchen – hardware, style, appliances. Nothing should stand out. In fact, if you choose integrated appliances, uniformity and consistency will be achieved to the utmost. A consistent kitchen is neat since nothing obstructs the eye and so it feels larger.
It’s about Lighting too
Let in the light. Tell your kitchen remodeler to create a bigger window, if yours is small – if that may happen, that is. The point is to invite as much light in the kitchen. Natural light is always the best. But you will also need artificial lighting over the countertop and the island and in all parts of the room. Big openings, white curtains, and good lighting all visually expand the kitchen.