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5 ways to make your kitchen feel bigger
Kitchens are the heart of the home. Memories are created through food and festivities, and the way to anyone’s heart (both male and female!) is through the stomach – right? While some houses have naturally spacious, open plan designs and an abundance of natural light, this is certainly not the case for everyone. And if your kitchen may feel small, cluttered and dark on a regular day, with the family over for Christmas it can easily make it feel even smaller and closed in.
There are several things you can do to make your kitchen appear bigger and feel more spacious, below we have put together some of the best tricks to create an illusion of bigger space:
Choose 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
Choose open shelving
Open shelving is visually appealing because it draws the eye up. 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! You can opt for glass front cabinet doors. It creates a strong depth of field where your eyes will be tricked into thinking there is more space than there really is. Opaque glass has the same effect. It will bounce light off which will brighten up the entire kitchen.
Limit your colour palette
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 to 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.
Have fun with colour but choose one main colour with a couple of accents colours. This will freshen up the space and will look visually appealing.
Use clean lines
Clean lines will make your kitchen feel balanced, bigger and will 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. This will instantly make your kitchen feel bigger or opt for tall cupboards. This draws the eye to the ceiling, so it makes the room appear bigger.
Bring in natural light
Natural light really enhances the mood of a house. Walking into a sunlit room will instantly 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 tube and then delivered to a diffuser fitted in your ceiling.
Solatube skylights have the highest light output on the market with 99.7% of light being transferred in to your home, while still removing heat rays so your home won’t cook inside out. Plus it has true colour rendition that will make your Christmas roast look irresistible, making it a popular option for lighting in shops and fresh produce markets. You can even install Solatube skylights in hard-to-reach areas like a butler’s pantry - and because Solatube blocks out harmful infrared rays, it won’t spoil the food in your pantry.
There are many stylish and cost-effective design tricks that you can do to 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 unit, give us a call on 0800 765 288 or fill out the form here.