If your kitchen is currently too small to qualify as the kitchen of your dreams, a few simple tips can help this part of your home look and feel more spacious. Best of all, most of the steps to make a small kitchen look large are quick and inexpensive. At the very least, they can tide you over until you can get a complete kitchen remodel.
Let in some natural light
The easiest way to make a small kitchen look larger is to let in more light from outside. If you have lots of windows, you can do this by keeping window treatments minimal, even if this just means keeping your blinds open or curtains pulled back.
If your kitchen doesn’t have much natural light due to a lack of windows, consider installing a skylight to let in more sun. A skylight can add 30 percent more light than a window can, and it’s an especially popular feature in Scottsdale, where there’s sunlight to spare.
Stick to light colored paint
White is the perfect color for small kitchens, since its tendency to reflect light creates a more spacious effect. If white seems too sterile for you, go with cream, yellow, or equally light colors when it comes to the paint on your kitchen walls, your cabinets, backsplash, and countertops.
Maybe you already knew that lighter colors are best for small spaces, but did you also know that avoiding too much contrast in the kitchen’s colors can help, too? Keeping everything either the same color or close to it will create a more spacious look in any small kitchen. So pairing white with cream, or using two similar shades of yellow, are some examples of ways you can use low contrast to make your kitchen appear larger.
Keep clutter out of sight
If your kitchen countertops are covered with appliances, décor, and dishes, it’s time to declutter your kitchen. Keeping everything in plain sight makes your kitchen look even smaller than it is.
You can start by taking down any paper or photos that are covering the front of your fridge. Then put away any appliances that you don’t use on a regular basis. The more open space your walls and countertops have, the larger your kitchen will look.
Open up your storage space
Smaller kitchens often benefit from having open shelving instead of solid wood cabinets. This creates the illusion of more space, as long as you don’t fill up those shelves with kitchen clutter! Instead, be selective about what gets displayed on your shelves.
If you’re hesitant to switch from cabinets to open shelves, consider replacing your solid wood cabinet doors with glass doors. The fact that people can see through your cabinets will add some depth to your kitchen, making it look larger. Plus, glass cabinet doors tend to add a touch of elegance to any kitchen.
These upgrades are simple and effective for anyone looking to create a more spacious feel in their kitchen. But if you’re ready for a larger kitchen that needs no improvement from you, contact The Matheson Team. We’ll be happy to help you find your dream home in DC Ranch or the Scottsdale area. Feel free to contact us anytime by calling 602-694-3200 or filling out the contact form below.
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