10 Feb 2024

5 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Feel Bigger

While some homes have naturally spacious open plan designs and an abundance of natural light, this is certainly not the case for everyone. And if your kitchen feels small on a regular day, with family and friends over for dinner it can easily feel a whole lot smaller!

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If you have a small kitchen, use these design tricks to create the feeling of a bigger space.

Reflective surfaces

Mirrors are known to make a room feel instantly bigger. And they aren’t just for bedrooms and bathrooms. Incorporating a cleverly designed mirror into your kitchen will look extremely striking and will boost brightness while adding a sense of depth. It’s a simple yet cost effective way of making your kitchen feel bigger. 

There are many ways you can incorporate a mirror from putting one behind your stove, sink, cabinets or splash backs, the options are endless. Make sure that a mirror will enhance your space, not clutter it up.

If a mirror doesn’t appeal to your style, there are other materials that will help make your space feel bigger too including:

●    Glass tiles
●    Shiny floors
●    High gloss paint
●    Stainless steel appliances
●    Glossy cabinets

Open shelving

Open shelving is visually appealing because it creates an illusion that your room is more spacious because the walls feel higher. Remove the doors on your cupboards, take a step back and you will instantly notice how much more space there is. 

Open shelving also provides a great opportunity to go through your kitchen cupboards and remove any unwanted utensils. A cluttered space will do the opposite effect and will make your space feel smaller. 

If you’re not so keen on open shelving, there are other options. Glass front cabinet doors can create a strong depth of field where your eyes will be tricked into thinking there is more space than there really is. Opaque glass has a similar effect and will bounce light off which will brighten up the entire kitchen. 

Limit your colour pallette

Giving your kitchen a quick colour update will instantly refresh your kitchen’s look. It’s a low cost and effective way to wow your guests and make your kitchen look visually bigger. 

White is the best colour to open space, but don’t be afraid to incorporate other colours too. Use dark tones like navy blue or leather brown sparingly and contrast with a bright white. This will make your space look crisp and bright. The darker colours will also give a sense of warmth to the room. 

Colours pulled from mother nature are also a great place to start. Think olive greens, warm whites, and wood to give an earthy feel. These colours give a nice contrast without making the space feel overwhelming or small. 

Use clean lines

Clean lines will make your kitchen feel balanced, bigger and look minimalistic too. Clean lines create a sense of flow throughout your kitchen because cupboards and worktops are perfectly aligned. 

A simple hack is to remove all your handles off your cupboards or opt for tall cupboards. This draws the eye to the ceiling, so it makes the room appearing bigger than it really is.

Bring in natural light

Natural light really enhances the mood of a house. Walking into a sunlit room will make you feel welcomed and happy compared to stepping foot into a dim, dark room. 

Solatube skylights can be installed in just a few hours and will bring natural light to areas that don’t normally see natural light. A small dome is fitted on top of your roof where light is transferred through a reflective metal tube and then delivered to a special light fitting in your home. 

Solatube skylights have the highest light output on the market and block harmful UV rays from entering your home and damaging your belongings. It has true colour rendition that will make your can be installed in hard-to-reach areas like a butler’s pantry. 


There are many stylish and cost-effective design tricks that can make your kitchen feel bigger. The most beneficial and simplest way, without the huge renovation cost, is to increase natural light. Your home will feel lighter, brighter, and happier.

To find out how you can install a Solatube skylight in your home, contact us for a free consultation.