Want to give your small kitchen the illusion of a larger and more open space without having to knock down walls? You might just want to give these tips and tricks a try.
- Focus on natural light
Natural light has the ability to give a small space an expansive feel. As such, for kitchens that come with expansive windows installed on the exterior, take advantage of it by keeping window treatments to a minimum to maximise the amount of natural light flowing from the outside in. If you want some privacy, try adding a translucent or frosted window film that will still allow light to penetrate through.
- Implement a white colour scheme
If your kitchen is closed off, the next best option is to clad the space in a white colour scheme. White has the ability to reflect light, and in turns enhance the sense of a space by making it airy and inviting. In addition to the walls, when you include white on the cabinetry, countertops and backsplashes, you avoid chopping up the space with contrasting colours, and instead create a seamless space without edges or boundaries. Combine contrasting textures – like a backsplash made from white subway tiles with a glossy white countertop such as the Dekton XGloss Halo resilient ultra-compact surface – to prevent the space from feeling too stern or sterile.
- Opt for cabinetry with open or glass fronts
Instead of installing traditional closed cabinetry with solid doors, consider replacing the fronts with glass doors. This allows your eye to see through to the back of the cabinet, in turn making the wall feel further away and resulting in a more expansive space. If you want to avoid the boxy feeling altogether, you can hang fully open shelving for a lighter and roomier look instead.
- Slenderise your furnishings
It’s a no-brainer that a small kitchen dictates small-scale appliances and equipment, but you can take things further by choosing furnishings and accessories that adhere to a slim shape. Choosing slimmer furniture – from bar stools to dining tables, banquet chairs to even a kitchen island unit – helps to make your view visually lightweight, and as you can see more of the floor and surrounding space, it makes the kitchen feel larger.
- Choose reflective surfaces
While mirrors are the primary material choice for visually expanding a space, reflective lacquered surfaces can also do the same trick. High-gloss laminates, marble countertops and tempered glass backsplashes all have the ability to amplify and increase natural and artificial light, thereby making small kitchens seem larger. Giving off a luminous and intense solid black colour, the Dekton XGloss Spectra surface exudes an exceptional shine that lends a spectacular elegance to any project, whether used as a countertop, backsplash, or flooring. Thanks to its ultra-shiny finish, the resilient ultra-compact surface is able to reflect light beautifully to create a bright and luxurious-looking cooking space. Not only does the versatile ultra-compact surface contribute to a sleek and contemporary-looking space, it is also durable and easy to maintain, making it suitable for use on flooring, facades, wall cladding and worktops.
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