5 Ways to Make Your Small Kitchen Feel Bigger

Finding creative ways to secure more space, or faking a more spacious feeling, is one of the main reasons clients decide to renovate. We at https://www.ferrariniremodeling.com hear it so commonly in our initial consultation, “we don’t have enough space.” Occasionally, we find that to be true. Yes, you read that correctly: Occasionally. Sometimes, the space does require moving or opening walls. Often times reorganization and using our design tricks can create the feeling you’re looking to achieve. Take a look below for our five tried-and-true tips to make your kitchen feel more spacious.

1. LIGHTEN YOUR CABINETRY COLOR

White cabinets often make the space feel more spacious, simply because it is a light color that doesn’t register as prominent as darker colors.  That not to say a painted white finish is your only choice, many low texture light wood grain stains would give the same effect.  Light stained wood are starting to reappear in many new designs, especially if you appreciate a more modern space.  The emphasis here is to not create a lot of texture or visual noise with the cabinets, the most prevalent thing in the room.  White/Light colored cabinets create a seamless and airy effect.

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2. ALIGN YOUR MAIN FEATURE WITH YOUR ENTRY

Since some of our most balanced spaces exist with a centralized focal point, number two is an important consideration in a small space.  In the featured kitchen, showcased in the video, we created a beautiful and tall focal point in the center of the space which allows your eye a natural place to settle.  The surrounding interior windows provide breathability and balance.   This instant understanding of the space accentuates the spacious feeling.

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3. USE A MONOCHROMATIC COLOR SCHEME

Although adding contrast is one of our favorite ways to create drama in a room, sometimes going monochromatic with your palette can add a sophistication and a seamlessness that your small space requires.  As shown, this kitchen (above), registers as three even solidified planes meeting.  The slight variation in color and texture between the cabinetry, countertop, backsplash and paint don’t interrupt the eye. We have also aligned a grand entry with the centralized windows which showcase a beautiful garden view. 

4. DON’T TAKE YOUR CROWN MOLDING TO THE CEILING

When designing smaller spaces, we sometimes leave about a 6-12” gap above the crown molding on the cabinet.  Especially in a narrow space, this visual break looks deliberate and helps to reinforce the idea that the cabinets are not towering over us.  

5. TRY A “U” KITCHEN

For functionality in a small space, the U shaped kitchen will supply the most usable counterspace.  If you need to cheat the space, try using a 21” or 18” deep base cabinet on one or either side(vs. The standard 24” deep) to create opportunities for storage, without sacrificing any necessary circulation space. 

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