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  • Antoinette Prinsloo

Tricks to Make Your Small Kitchen Appear Bigger

Large, spacious and open plan kitchens are every homeowner’s dream! However, some homes still have smaller and compact kitchens. There is no reason why a small kitchen can’t exude some serious style and feel more spacious than it actually is. A kitchen of any size can feel roomy if you know some simple design tricks to make the most of the space. We’ve put together some key design tricks to ensure your new kitchen design makes the space feel as large as possible.

Cabinetry Colours

Use colours to your advantage or opt for lighter shades. Light colours will create the illusion of a bigger space and will also give you a sleek and elegant look. When choosing white or light colours, you have a blank canvas to work on and can add pops of bold colours with appliances or accessories. White kitchens are on-trend and this is the best colour for visually opening up a space. And green is a colour that symbolises the natural world and tranquillity. Pale green and teal are on-trend shades and the perfect colours for adding touches to a white kitchen

Balance dark with light

While we recommend lighter shades and neutrals when it comes to small kitchen design, if you’re after a bold colour like navy blue, we’ll use them at the base of your kitchen cabinets, and balance them out with light marble-like or veined quartz tops.

Opt for open shelving

Open storage gives airier and spacious look in a kitchen. However, this trick can only be done if your cupboards aren’t currently bursting. If you have cluttered shelves you will only make the space feel even smaller!

Use see-through elements

An unobstructed physical and visual path will make your kitchen look bigger. If you keep the sight lines in your kitchen open, your eye will continue to see through the space rather than come to an abrupt halt. Clear plastic chairs, backless barstools or glass pendant lights all help to achieve this effect.

Choose reflective surfaces

A mirror splashback can bring in a light-reflecting element that can add to a small kitchen appearing bigger. Using one continuous piece rather than tiles will also help the mirror be more effective. In addition to mirrors, other reflective surfaces can also make a kitchen feel bigger - glass tiles or backsplash, shiny floors finish, high-gloss cabinetry and stainless-steel appliances.


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