Five tips to help you create the illusion of a bigger kitchen

If you are looking to buy a new kitchen a good kitchen Company will have lots of design tricks and ideas to maximise your space. But if that’s not an option and you love your home but your kitchen feels small and there’s no money in the kitty or space in the garden to extend, don’t despair! Here are five simple tips to help you increase space in your small kitchen, without requiring you to add any square footage.

1) Smart storage solutions
A clutter-free, sleek look will make your kitchen seem infinitely bigger and planning your storage carefully is crucial. Pull-out larders, carousels within your cupboards and plinth drawers are all ways of ensuring your worktops are free and uncluttered, thus creating smoother lines.

2) The light fantastic!
Poor lighting can make even the most spacious kitchen appear small and dark but, with a little thought, yours can be an oasis of brightness. Ensure your windows are free from clutter and open to maximise daylight. Consider investing in LED spotlights, which you can either recess in the ceiling or use on a single light-fitting.

3) Reflective surfaces
Even if a granite worktop or high-gloss units are not in your price range, there are still plenty of ways you can add reflective surfaces to your small kitchen, which adds the illusion of space. A kettle and toaster with a reflective surface or a shiny-surfaced chopping board on the workbench are surprisingly effective ways of adding the illusion of brightness and space. Shiny splashbacks are also a fairly inexpensive way of adding a reflective surface into your kitchen.

4) Choose light, neutral colours
Re-painting your kitchen in a lighter colour can really add the impression of space, as well as breathing new life into the area. Go for an über-cool light grey or sage and team with white skirting boards and door frames for a spacious, airy feel. Farrow and Ball is a great place to start for stylish colour combination ideas.

3) Replace your kitchen doors
Replacing tired old kitchen unit doors with something lighter is an easy and cost-effective way of transforming your space and will instantly brighten the room. If your budget doesn’t allow for this, consider using a good quality chalk paint to upcycle your doors – you will be surprised how effective it can be!