A kitchen of any size can feel spacious if you know a few tricks to make that happen. There are many ways to create extra space in your kitchen, and today we are going to talk about the top 5.
Expand your visual and physical space with these tips for increasing storage and openness. The best way to visualize the appearance and functionality of your small environments is through 3D renderings (it couldn’t be any other way!).
Designing a small kitchen may seem like a challenge, but it’s also an opportunity to pull out some clever tricks to maximize its function and increase its visual size.
Through 3D renderings you can gather all your ideas and inspiration from other small rooms and really see what it will look like, thus designing the small kitchen of your dreams.
Here are some tips to help you make the most of every corner of your small kitchen:
1. Cabinets and Shelves
When thinking about how to make conventional cabinets work in your small kitchen, it is very necessary to think outside the box: using slimmer lower cabinets for one area has its advantages. It opens up a little more floor space, which can make a big difference in a small kitchen. It also slightly reduces your storage, but often the backs of deep cabinets are hard to reach anyway, so shallower cabinets can be perfect for everyday items.
Also, it’s always a good idea to consider using open shelving, which sits alongside closed cabinets, giving you the easy-access functionality of open storage without committing to a full wall.
Another great option: go for under-cabinet shelves.
2. Smaller appliances
Yes… it’s time to ask ourselves if it’s really necessary to have a super huge double-door fridge freezer. Choosing a slimmer refrigerator can really open up your kitchen.
Another appliance that deserves our attention in this matter is the dishwasher. Most standard dishwashers come in a 24-inch width, but compact or “condo-size” dishwashers in an 18-inch width are growing in popularity. Saving those 6 inches can give you a larger cabinet elsewhere.
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3. Color combinations
Sticking to white cabinets and walls is a good start, but there are other great color combinations that will help create the illusion of a larger space than you have.
The contrast between light and dark can create optical effects that actually make a kitchen appear larger.
Using a bit of dark gray on a back wall behind the surrounding white cabinets, makes the back wall visually recede, which actually helps the wall appear a little further away.
4. Some island tricks
An island is a great place to include storage. Consider using cabinets that open from both sides, or shallow cabinets back to back, so each side can store pieces within easy reach, preventing them from being buried.
5. Ask yourself if you really need a double sink.
People often request a double sink, sometimes before anything else. Large double sinks have their uses, but if you’re willing to compromise and go for a single sink, it can open up better storage options and more counter space.
Remember: small does not mean ugly or uncomfortable. It’s up to you and your creativity to get the best out of each space you live in!
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