Small kitchens are usually thought of as a problem to many homeowners but this doesn’t have to always be the case. When the layout and décor of a small kitchen is well thought out, you can have the illusion of a larger space. These 10 décor and layout tips will help you create the look and feel of a large, airy space no matter the size of your kitchen!
In any small space, letting the light in will change the entire feel of the room. Inadequate lighting results in a space that is dark and gloomy. If you are lucky enough to have windows in your small kitchen, use this to your advantage. Keeping window treatments to a minimum and the ledges clean, you are allowing the most natural light to come in. If you don’t have any windows in your small kitchen, make sure the other lighting features in the room are on point. Under-counter lights and concentrated task lights in key areas of the kitchen will make the area look more spacious.
If you are thinking about putting tiles down for your flooring, opt for tiles that are bigger than the traditional 12-inch squares. Small tiles create too many visual borders on the floor resulting in the space looking even smaller than it actually is. Larger tiles mean less grout which gives the feel of a larger floor space. If tiles aren’t for you, consider wood floors. The horizontal stripes in wood floors creates a larger feel. Running them from side to side instead following the length of the room will stretch the appearance of the room.
3. Focal Points
Keeping the décor clean and simple but with one focal point in small kitchens is important. By creating a area in the kitchen that is a focal point, you will draw attention to that area and away from the actual size of the room, which makes the kitchen seem larger. A modern range hood, a vintage appliance, fireclay sink, pendant lighting, etc. can all be used as wonderful focal points.
Color plays an important role in any room but especially in smaller rooms. Dark colors, while they look like great, can make your small kitchen look even smaller. Light colors reflect light and make the space feel airy. Opt for blends of white, pastels and neutrals to keep your small room looking open. To add height and depth to your kitchen, keep the molding and ceiling a lighter shade than the walls creating the illusion that the walls a further up than they actually are. Pair stark white cabinets with a slightly darker white on the walls to increase the area.
5. Eliminate Clutter
First and foremost, never allow you kitchen counters to become catch-alls. This is important in any kitchen but especially in small kitchens. Accessories, appliances, and dishes on a counter have a way of making the room feel small. Clutter kills the illusion of a large space fast.
Replacing solid cabinet doors with glass doors is one sure way to create the illusion of more space in your small kitchen. The glass fronts lighten the look of the cabinets and allow the eyes to travel through to the back. Open shelving is also another way to air out the space. Just be sure that you leave spaces and don’t over-clutter the shelves. You can also paint the cabinets the same color as the walls which erases the visual boundaries that might stop the eye which opens up the feel of the kitchen.
7. Small Footprints
Selecting furnishings and fixtures that have small footprints is essential. Petite kitchen islands, slim chairs, small stools and narrow tables will not take up valuable floor space. Avoiding furniture that has chunky legs or thick bases will get rid of visual bulkiness in your kitchen.
8. Recessed Storage
If you have the opportunity to tuck a pantry, shelves or cabinets flush with the wall, take it. This will keep them from obstructing the flow of your small kitchen. Having the pantry, shelves or cabinets flush in the wall will create an illusion of a larger, more open space.
9. Guide The Eye
By choosing patterns and visual elements that help guide eyes towards the ceiling, you are creating an illusion for a larger space. Vertical lines on walls and ceilings boards will help give the impression of greater height in your small kitchen.
10. Sleek Surfaces
Clean lines and geometric angles eliminate visual clutter and will help expand that space in small kitchens. Creating a crisp, clean look in your kitchen will help enhance the feel of the space. A spread of tiles will also help draw the eye across the space.