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Make your small kitchen look bigger

Small Kitchen

If you have a small kitchen and would like to make it look bigger here are a few tips to help you that will not break the bank, considering the financial times we are in. First look at my previous post on Small kitchen Tips. Creating more storage area is relatively cheap and easy.

First you need to keep your surfaces clean of all dirt and blemishes then free up counter space, I know it’s very appealing for some to keep certain of their appliances (food processors, blenders, can openers, mixers etc.) on the counter for easy reach but storing them here makes the room look busy, cluttered and therefore smaller.

Use Sliding doors

Convert Kitchen Doors into Drawers

Sliding doors create more space in the passages and you can open more doors without reducing the space available for moving around. It also helps if you have those deep cupboards to install drawer cupboards when the shelves are pulled out, you can easily reach items stored in the back of the cabinet.

Sliding Doors

Increase space

High kitchen cabinet doors

If you currently have space above the cupboards consider installing more cabinets above them (Stacking). This frees up space in the cupboards below for the items that are regularly used and transferring those items you use seldom to the top cupboards

Increase the lighting

Consider under-the-counter lighting; the kitchen will appear larger. Use light colors when decorating, and lighten your cabinets and countertops. Add glass fronts to wall cabinets or replace solid cabinet doors with glass fronts along one wall. It will give the room a more open feeling, as light reflects off them. This does not have appeal for untidy people for obvious reasons but for those super tidy people with this is ideal

Where possible, enlarge windows and if possible move them to the east site of the room for maximum exposure to light and a beautiful view that will increase the aesthetics of the room

Under counter lighting and drawers

If your kitchen has walls to an adjoining dining room and you have some money, consider opening the wall between them to create an open plan. If you know that you will need your privacy in future, the wall can be replaced with folding sliding doors and you can decorate or darken them as you wish for when they are in use. This could be a do-it-yourself project if the wall is not load-bearing.

Folding Sliding Doors

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Small kitchens tips

the perfect small kitchen

Colour is an essential part of decorating; it is not a finishing touch, therefore it is important to take your time in selecting this as it is the canvas on which you will paint your master piece. You can also change the colour of your kitchen to give it a fresh look now and then. You should not have the same colour for too long.

Changing the colour will also give your kitchen an effect of a major makeover.

Light colours are great for small kitchens as they reflect light creating an illusion of space and so your kitchen will not look too crammed. Dark colours have the opposite effect and will make a small room look even smaller. It is also a good idea to have extra lighting in your kitchen ; this should be the more natural lighting like day glow globes that can be bought any good hardware, this gives your kitchen a spacious clean look.

Dark cupboards with normal lighting

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