Not everyone is able to have (or maybe wants) a large kitchen. For singles, couples and smaller families, a large kitchen may be secondary to a larger family area or multi use room. If you do have a kitchen that is a bit smaller than most, with a few tips you can “trick” yourself and others into making the area feel more spacious and increase the function as well. Here are six ideas to consider…
- A mirrored backsplash gives the illusion of more space and opens up the area.
- Go to the ceiling with cabinets and add space. Stacked cabinets create the illusion of space and add more function in a small space. Worried about reaching items? With a foot stool and a few steps …problem solved.
- If you have an eat-in kitchen, use chairs without arms or stools for seating. This adds some flexibility and space when such items are tight.
- Use baskets and trays to organize collections, materials in the kitchen. Light wood trays, baskets and chargers (as well as light walls) make tight areas feel more spacious.
- Keep colors, patterns and materials consistent. It will keep the eye from “stuttering” in a small space. When you mix a wide variety of colors and items, it can make a space feel more confined.
- Utilizing open shelving and cabinets can create the feeling of more space. When you can’t spread out, consider spreading up!