How to make your kitchen look and feel bigger
At Twenty 5 Design, we love creating sensational homes and believe that no matter how limited the kitchen space, even the most compact can be made to feel roomy. Of course, square footage is square footage and if directly increasing this just isn’t an option, here’s where we whip out some secret industry methods (obviously not that secret because we are writing this blog for you).
For trick of the eye techniques that create the illusion of more space, follow this handy guide for a kitchen that looks and feels much bigger.
Standard kitchen base units generally have a depth of around 600mm with the wall cabinets measuring much less and coming in at 350mm. Just thinking outside of the box now but if the space in your kitchen really is compromised, how about using the upper wall cabinets as shallow, slimmer versions of the standard base units themselves? A simple trick used by most kitchen designers, not only will this open up your floor space, it will also leave the right amount of room for storing everyday items too. Additionally, shiny kitchen surfaces such as quartz will help to reflect the light as will splashbacks, gloss cupboard doors and gleaming kitchen shelving.
Reducing the size of your usual kitchen appliances is one great way to save on room. Swapping your large fridge freezer for a sleeker, much skinnier version will not only help to free up space, it could reduce your food wastage too. Compact dishwashers are also growing in popularity as are integrated appliances that blend into kitchen cabinets and result in a fluid, more airier look.
Genius Decor Tricks
A simple natural colour scheme is one of the easiest ways to open up a space but if magnolia’s not your thing, pick a colour scheme and try sticking to it. Bold and bright colours are generally best kept for much larger kitchens but for small and beautiful spaces, a slight difference in tones also works really well. When it comes to choosing your flooring, make sure to lay it length-ways down the kitchen to elongate the room. A mirrored finish will also work fantastically well as your kitchen splashback.
Brilliant Kitchen Lighting
It really is amazing what strategically placed lighting can do for the design of a room. Think subtle lighting under, above and even inside the kitchen cabinets to eliminate any dark shadows that will work to diminish the space. Great lighting can often be forgotten about but the brighter and lighter your kitchen, the bigger it will look and feel.
Reduce Kitchen Clutter
Kitchen clutter is quick to build up and can often at times feel pretty suffocating. Getting organised, however, will keep your kitchen feeling open and breezy so make sure to invest in some unique storage solutions. Simple shelving above a window will make a great home for that collection of recipe books. Pull out pantries, like the one featured in this project, are also great for storing everyday food items, keeping your kitchen nice and tidy and your ingredients easy to find.
Thank you for reading our latest blog post from Twenty 5 Design. As you can see, there are many things that can be done in order to create a spacious kitchen vibe and if you would like to discuss any of the ideas featured in this handy guide then we would love to hear from you! No need to knock walls down or remove any of your personality, it’s time to fall back in love with your kitchen because after all, the kitchen is the heart of the home.