5 Tips to Make Your Small Kitchen Look Large

Mirrors are especially useful when there is no, or minimal, natural light in a kitchen. They can help to open the space up and bounce light around. Use antique mirror tiles instead of traditional tile for a backsplash, or place an antique framed mirror above a stove. It’s better to look at than a plain wall.

The lighter the kitchen, the larger it can feel. Sometimes, if there is a good view out a window, You can focus on bringing the outdoors in and using nature to dictate the palette.” Keeping an especially light palette on countertops, backsplashes, walls, and millwork also helps a small kitchen feel more open.

Open shelves are extremely functional and make it so much easier to access dishes and glasses. You should think about your kitchen architecturally, as it doesn’t always make sense to have upper cabinets, especially if the ceilings are ten feet high.

The floor—an often overlooked area of a kitchen—is the perfect place for a high-impact design element. A patterned floor will give the illusion of a greater expanse to space. You can mix it up with either chevron or herringbone wood-floor patterns or even using hand-painted cement tile for a more bohemian feel.

You can never have enough lighting in a kitchen, good lighting, and plenty of it is incredibly important while cooking. Use flush or recessed fixtures, and don’t forget about under-cabinet lighting.