How to make your small kitchen look bigger

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Do you sometimes look around your kitchen and despair? There just seems to be so little space and everything is cluttered. Then you see homes on the TV with these huge gorgeous kitchens and feel green with envy.

But there are a lot of creative ways to enhance a small kitchen. Ways to maximise the space that you have, and also to make your small kitchen look bigger.

Let’s take a look at five things that will help.

Keep things neutral

If you have a small kitchen, it can really help to focus on a pale neutral colour as your theme. It’s also a good idea to coordinate the colours of your walls and surfaces. This draws attention away from edges and joins, and helps to create a smooth seamless finish to your kitchen.

By all means liven things up a bit with splashes of colour, but keeping the majority neutral will give the illusion of space.

Let there be light

As well as keeping your main colour theme neutral, also make sure you are getting as much natural light into your kitchen as possible. Don’t block any light from windows or doors. You may also want to consider enlarging the glass areas of existing windows or doors if possible, or perhaps adding a skylight if the logistics work.

If your kitchen still seems a bit gloomy, make sure that you have as much good quality artificial lighting in your kitchen as possible. For example LED ceiling lights, spotlights and pendant lighting. 

Shine shine shine

As well as getting as much light into your kitchen, taking steps to reflect it around will also make your kitchen look much bigger. So let it shine!

One way to do this is to use as many reflective surfaces in your kitchen as possible. For example glossy tiles, stone work surfaces and stainless steel appliances. These shiny surfaces will all help to reflect light around your kitchen and make it feel bigger than it actually is.

Another trick for your kitchen walls is to use mirrors, shiny picture frames and glass kitchen cabinet doors. These will reflect light round the upper part of your kitchen and make it feel lighter and brighter.

Integration is the key

Another design tip to make your small kitchen space feel bigger is to use integrated appliances wherever possible. If you can get built-in appliances then hide them behind doors that match the rest of your kitchen cabinets, you will achieve a streamlined look that will make your kitchen look bigger.

The alternative is to look for smaller-sized appliances that will make your kitchen look bigger in comparison. But try to avoid large appliances that stick out from the rest of your kitchen and make it look crowded.

Sneaky storage

Of course, one key factor that always makes a kitchen look small is clutter. Whatever the size of your kitchen, it will never look its best if it is cluttered. So having a major declutter can really get things off to a good start. Be ruthless. Only store in your kitchen the things you really need in there and that you are going to use regularly.

You then need to think about kitchen storage. The more you can squirrel away, the better. This includes appliances. Many kitchen cabinets are now able to conceal small kitchen appliances such as kettles, coffeemakers, toasters and blenders. This makes the appliances easy to access when needed but keeps your surfaces clear.

Take a look at some of the kitchen storage solutions we offer at DIY Homefit to see how we can help you keep things clear. These include:

  • Pull out shelving
  • Organiser cupboards and drawers
  • Carousel cupboards
  • Pan drawers
  • Wine racks
  • Spice racks
  • Pull out waste bins

Also make the most of every inch of wall space in your kitchen. You don’t want things to look cluttered, but having some tastefully curated open shelving can actually add an illusion of space, as well as adding a personal touch to your kitchen.

So, if you are looking for inspiration as to how to make your small kitchen look larger, why not take a browse through our gallery of kitchen pictures, to find out more about how DIY Homefit can help you improve your kitchen in 2022.

Check back in again with us soon for more kitchen know how from DIY Homefit.