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The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. It is where the household comes together and spend quality time while also being nourished. Needless to say, it is important to feel comfortable within this crucial room. This can be tricky with small kitchens, but luckily simply by making minor changes to a small kitchen it can look and seem much larger than it actually is.
Using bright colors is one of the most effective and cost-efficient methods of creating the illusion of space in the kitchen. Dull or drab colors will make the space seem darker and smaller which is never the desired effect. Bright colors will liven the space and make it seem bigger as a result. That being said, it is important to be conscious of contrasting colors within the kitchen. Different colors create divisions within the space, making visitors notice the actual size of the kitchen. So while bright colors on walls are encouraged, it is best to keep all of the colors used within the same color family. This will make everything from the floors and walls to the ceiling seem continuous, thus creating the illusion of a spacious room.
Mirrors are wonderful objects which serve a very practical purpose. They are also often recommended for small rooms because mirrors make these spaces seem far larger than they are since they reflect both light and space. Mirrors immediately double the size of the room. They don’t fit as easily into a kitchen but the reflective surface can create a similar effect. While they won’t be able to help to style a hair-do in the morning, sleek and shiny stainless steel appliances will reflect light within the kitchen making it appear larger than it actually is. This is a subtle attempt to open up the space which will also update the overall look of the room.
It is no secret that light makes spaces seem larger while darkness has the opposite effect. With this principle in mind, it is a good idea to try to achieve lightness. The good news is that there are a number of different methods which can be utilized to achieve this. The first is through the choice of light colors or off-white paint for the walls. A difference in appearance will immediately be noticed. The next thing to do is improve light sources within the room. Maybe opt for a sheer curtain rather than a blind, or if natural light is limited, focus on improving artificial light sources. For instance, purchase white-light bulbs rather than a warm white light bulb.
Clutter has a way of making any room seem far smaller than it is or highlights the fact that space is limited in the first place. Proper organization can make the whole place seem far more spacious. All this requires is organization and planning. Figure out a system which works best for the household and the space and then implement it. It is also a good idea to go through everything in the kitchen and to then get rid of items which are superfluous. They take up space which could be better used in another way while also creating unnecessary clutter.
When you are able to renovate the whole kitchen, a good method of creating the illusion of space is to create floor patterns. Use elongated patterns to create the illusion of length. Have these patterns travel in the direction of the longest point of the kitchen. Doing this will allow the pattern to stretch out in front of visitors to the space. These patterns make it seem like a path from one end of the room to the other. These kinds of patterns are a great way to have fun with the space and show some personality.
Traditional cabinet styles can feel bulky and heavy in small spaces, but making slight changes to the kitchen cabinet design can result in a drastic difference within the room. For instance, custom made cabinets can be created so they protrude less and leave more space for activity within the kitchen while maximizing storage space. Another option is window cabinet doors or to take the doors off completely. This will make the space feel lighter.
Anyone of these six options can make a kitchen seem drastically different than it did before, but they are most effective when used in conjunction with another. The important thing is to never lose sight of the fact that everyone should feel comfortable within the space, because after all, it is home.