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Does Your Kitchen Feel Too Small?

Does Your Kitchen Feel Too Small?

Posted by John C. on 2021-02-10

It is easy for a room to become cluttered and cramped, and especially so if you already have a smaller space. Kitchens are one of the rooms where there is never enough space, and if you already have a small kitchen making room is even more challenging.

When your kitchen is bright and welcoming, you are more likely to use it and others will feel more comfortable in it. In this guide, we will explore some ways that you can turn your claustrophobic kitchen into a space you won’t want to leave.

Think Bright Colors and Lights

A fresh coat of paint is one of the fastest ways to bring a new look to your space. If you go with more reflective and bright colors, this will give the illusion that your small space is more open than it actually is. Here are some other ways you can use paint to not only freshen up your cabinets but also to open up your space. 

A small kitchen with black and white tile and red cabinets.

  • Classic White: White cabinets may never go out of style. In addition to being on-trend, white cabinets also brighten your space, which will give it a sense of openness and lightness.
  • Bright Colors: Much like white cabinets, bright colors like yellow will help reflect light and brighten your space. This helps illuminate all of the lines of the cabinets and countertops so that it creates the illusion of more space.
  • Two-Toned Cabinets: Another trendy solution that will also help open your space is giving your cabinets a two-toned paint job. To achieve this, paint your lower a darker color than your upper cabinets.

Create An Optical Illusion With Reflective Surfaces

Much like high-gloss paint on your cabinets, adding other reflective surfaces is another great way to make your kitchen feel bigger. Adding things like mirrors will help reflect light and brighten the area, which as we have said is a great way to extend lines and make the space more welcoming. Here are a few ideas for some reflective surfaces you can try:

  • Mirrors: You don’t often see mirrors in the kitchen, but they can be great statement pieces that also help open you small kitchen. With so many options available, it is no doubt that you can find the perfect mirror for your kitchen that is unique and personal.
  • Shiny Floors: If you can, giving your floors a coat of high-gloss paint is another way to add brightness from the bottom up.
  • Stainless Steel Appliances: If you are thinking of getting new appliances, go for stainless steel. Not only is stainless steal stylish and hygenic, but it also reflects light.

Open Shelving and Glass-front Cabinets

Opening shelving and glass-front cabinets are a staple for small kitchens, because they very effectively make the space more open. However, this can only be accomplished if you keep you cabinets decluttered and organized. If you choose to remove your cabinet doors, you can paint the inside of your cabinets to add interest, and with reflective colors, it will also add light. 

A kitchen with wood grain lower cabinets and yellow upper cabinets with glass inserts.

Think Minimalism For Your Small Kitchen

If you don’t have lots of space, minimalism can be the perfect aesthetic for your kitchen. By avoiding clutter and unneeded items, you will maximize your available space. Here are three tips to help you achieve a minimalistic look: 

A kitchen with white wood grain cabinets and a red wall behind them.

  • Avoid Detailing: Go for subtle, clean lines in your kitchen and do your best to avoid highly decorative detailings.
  • Declutter Your Kitchen: This maybe a difficult process, so making a list of items you absolutely have to have in your kitchen can be a great start. Once you know what you can’t live without in your kitchen, then you can start donating things or moving them to other rooms.
  • Keep It Clean: While nobody wants to have a dirty kitchen, with a minimalist look it is even more important to stay on top of regular cleaning.

Add The Right Lighting

Lighting is vital for creating a seemingly larger kitchen. The more lighting, the bigger your space will look and feel. Opt for any of these option to light up your kitchen:

A darker kitchen will always feel smaller than a kitchen with proper lighting. The brighter you can make your kitchen, the bigger your small kitchen will look and feel. Here are a few ways to increase the brightness of your kitchen:

  • Natural Lighting: If you have the ability, adding natural light is the best way to really brighten your kitchen. You can do this by adding features like skylights or glass doors to help let in more sun light.
  • Under Cabinet Lighting: This type of lighting will illuminate the dark corners on your countertops, which will extend their lines and add depth. This can also be accomplished with lamps.

Wrapping up Your Small Kitchen

A white wooden kitchen with a neutral wall, stainless steel appliances and a buffet table.

No matter your budget, there are always ways to open up a small kitchen space. If you have a larger budget, then you can explore new appliances, cabinets, or storage options. If you need something more budget-friendly, you can try a new coat of paint, decluttering your kitchen, or adding more lighting.

Small kitchens can be difficult to work with. Hopefully this guide has given you some ideas that you can do open up your space. No matter how large your budget is, there are solutions for your small kitchen. If you are having difficulty getting started, or you have questions, feel free to give us a call at 1-855-669-5222 or an email at