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How to Make Your Kitchen Look Bigger

Apart from a lighter colour palette, here's what you need to do to make your kitchen feel larger
   Amanda Peters  |  written on: 13-09-2021 07:40am

The kitchen still remains a key selling point of a home, and a space that can always do with a little more room and storage. But if moving or taking down walls is not on the table, then here are a few tricks to still achieve the illusion of space without scarifying your storage.

1. Let in the light
An open layout with a pastel colour scheme and plenty of natural light is a sure winner to make the room feel bigger. Take this basement conversion by Kitchen Architecture, the all-white palette not only gives the kitchen a spacious feel, but also keeps the focus on what matters – the beautiful lush garden beyond. The full-length glass window lets in ample natural light, as well as blurs the line between the interiors and outdoors.

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Basement conversion project by Kitchen Architecture

If your kitchen isn’t located near a window, that shouldn’t be an excuse for poor lighting. While ceiling fixtures can be the main source, don’t limit yourself. Think about adding lighting under, above and even inside your cabinets, especially if you have glass shutters.

2. Blend the counter top and splashback
Continuity is key. Using the same material for the countertop and splashback takes away that obvious dividing line, making it a smooth transition. This also makes the space seem less busy.

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Mortex worktops and extractor hood, Kitchen design by Day True Interiors, Credit: Gary Summers

3. Go easy on the hardware
Streamline your kitchen design and remove embellishments. One way to go is by removing the hardware. For cleaner lines, use integrated reach-in pull drawers and touch-activated latches on cabinet shutters.

Kitchens by, Credit: Jake Fitzjones

4. Conceal appliances
It is all about the line of sight. Less breaks = more of an expansive feel. Unlike hardware that you can do without, appliances are a kitchen essential. Therefore, it is important the larger ones, like the fridge and dishwasher, blend with the fronts of your cabinets to create a fluid look.

Chichester kitchen by Neptune

5. Opt for a reflective splashback
A mirror or reflective splashback can open up sight lines, tricking your eyes into believing there is more room than there actually is, especially when you are up close.

Kitchen by, Credit: Darren Chung

6. Install open shelves, shallow cabinets and glass shutters
Eliminating overhead storage, particularly in a smaller kitchen, is not a practical option. However, with a few open shelves you can have storage, easy access to everyday items and a lighter feel to the place.

Here, designer Matthew Carey from Harvey Jones uses open shelving to also display family photographs, plants and other curios, giving this kitchen a more personal touch.

Tip: Open shelving around a window makes the room less stuffy and gives you a little more space to breathe.

Kitchens by Harvey Jones, Credit: Darren Chung

If you are worried about the dust and having to clean more often with open shelving, then another way to go is by swapping solid cabinet shutters for glass ones instead. Using glass inserts will protect your cookware, as well as give you a quick peek inside.

Kitchen by Roundhouse, Credit: Darren Chung

Also read:
9 Ways to a Bigger Looking Bathroom
5 Simple Steps to Pantry Perfection

Do you have anymore hacks to make your kitchen look bigger? 

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   Amanda Peters
KBB Ark Staff Writer. I've been writing for design magazines for a few years now and like nothing more than ‘exploring’ other people's homes (with their permission, of course).

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