Ask anyone what their number one qualm with their home or apartment is, and you’ll be surprised at how many say lack of space in their kitchen. Because kitchens require so many appliances and adequate counter space, this often ends up eating up a lot of the free space the room could possibly hold. However, this doesn’t mean your kitchen design is doomed to look cramped. There are many tricks to be used in interior decoration that can create a fully realized kitchen design for small space homes without having to construct a major kitchen remodel. Take a look at some of the ideas our Décor Aid interior designers swear by.
Create Illusions with Color
This is probably the most obvious trick, but maybe not in the way you always expected. Sure, painting your walls white will make your kitchen interior design look much brighter and surely expand the space, but that’s not the only color trick our designers have up their sleeve. Feel free to choose whichever color you prefer for your kitchen, but make sure all colors in your palette are similar in value and don’t have significant contrast.
By choosing low contrast colors for your interior design, you can make the space look more expansive. This is because using contrasting colors inherently splits the space into different sections, and the shift from dark to light will make these sections look smaller. Avoid this by sticking to colors that are largely within the same value and shade.
Choose the surfaces in your kitchen wisely as well. In the case of backsplashes, metals, countertops, and other components, always go with a high shine tile, stainless steel, or light and bright countertop options like marble. These surfaces are able to manipulate the natural light received in the room and reflect it, creating a brighter atmosphere. It’s subtle, but makes a stunning difference in the room at a glance. Light and bright shades of tile also work to open up the space, as previously mentioned, and the shine elevates it to another level.
This is our designers’ tried and true tip that never disappoints. When creating a kitchen design for small space areas, place some of your decor above your cabinets, if you are able to. This draws the eye upward, and doesn’t put as much focus on the pieces on your countertop or in your windowsill. It creates a vertical path, which can make your space look dramatically taller. These pieces should also be low contrast, and be in line with your main color scheme. Keep this in mind when working with other decorative components of your interior design.
Artwork and wall hangings should be vertical and hung high, which will dramatically pull the eye upward in your kitchen design. Instead of placing decor on your countertop—which will clutter the space—also consider using wall shelving units that stretch upwards. This is a two for one— it will free up your countertops and make the space look visually cleaner, as well as add to the upward illusion.
For a trick that works similarly, you’ll also want to incorporate thin furnishings or appliances into your kitchen remodel that stretch vertically, instead of shorter, wider versions. Bar carts and movable islands have been featured in more and more kitchen interior design lately, and these work perfectly for a smaller space because of their build. Both are taller, thinner, and open—three things that create an illusion of more space in your interior design. They take up less floor space, and because they have thin framing and are not solid, you can see through them, which furthers your line of sight. Additionally, they appear lightweight and clean, so they don’t visually weigh down the space. Have this same mindset when sourcing bar stools or chairs, and know that the lighter and thinner they appear, the more room they will provide your space.
Choose Your Patterns Carefully
While some can make your interior design look busy, some patterns can actually aid in enlarging the space, without the need for an extensive kitchen remodel. When you look at the area that is actually available, consider the way the flooring or backsplash affects this. Many are choosing to forgo traditional wood or tile in favor of patterns like chevron or herringbone to direct the eye throughout the kitchen design. These patterns work well because they are formed in a pointed shape that points the eye in a different direction, and other patterns like horizontal stripes work in the same way. Using a simple striped rug on top of your flooring can extend the appearance of your room to be wider as the eye follows the direction of the stripes, and give the illusion of more room stretching in an outward direction.