1. Keep It Light and Bright
Making it light and bright adds an illusion of expansiveness to an otherwise narrow and tight space.
There are so many ways, but none more effective than painting the walls and ceilings white. White reflects light, expands the sense of space and makes the walls appear to draw back. You can then make your choice of white colored countertops, cabinetry and other wall mounted furniture match with tile flooring that is predominantly white or light colored. The look will be one seamless space; bright, tidy and uncluttered. You can also use varying shades of white, or you can recess your cabinet panels and use moldings to add some subtle shadows and drama if you really love the purity of an all-white theme.
2. Try Low Contrast Color Blending
Organizing all the components in your small kitchen in contiguous colors will make it appear bigger. Adjacent colors (colors that have very slight variance when put together) offer a seamless look, making obvious lines disappear. Those that like a little deviation in the color tone (not just plain white) can still have a bright kitchen by using adjacent light colors.
When painting and choosing kitchen appliances, custom countertops, custom cabinetry and other furniture, choose those colors that are homogeneous/identical and don't deviate too much. Make a plan of where an appliance, cabinet or a countertop is set to be placed so as to harmonize your chosen color tone and make it flow freely. That way you can successfully keep your trendy color scheme.
Although the physical space of your small kitchen is minimal, it doesn't mean you cannot place a window that will let natural light in. Nothing is more soothing and appealing than a kitchen that has natural lighting during daytime to dispel the suffocating sensation of limited space.
Install a single tall window that can be opened when you want to, covered in clear glass that you can dress up with a blind or curtain appropriate to your color scheme. If you want to keep the unbroken look, you can do away with curtains or blinds for privacy. You can instead use smoky glass for the window, still letting in light but giving you enough concealment.
4. Utilize Your High Structures
When designing, make allowances for drawing the eye up. It increases the apparent height of a space when the eye can follow a perpendicular path from eye level to the ceiling. The space formed by the gap between the crown of your shelves and the ceiling can draw attention when outfitted with moldings and functionally decked with wine racks, huge ceramic platters which are not used often or even dramatic lighting.
Cabinets are purchased with standardized sizes, and ceiling heights vary from house to house. Also, more often than not, ceilings and walls are not accurately square. That's the reason why there's usually a gap formed by the top of cabinets and the ceilings. For a house with low ceilings, cabinets can be installed or mounted flush to the ceilings so this space will disappear. If you have this ledge space in your kitchen, though, you can make your space feel larger by using it to draw the eye up. You can have it boxed by fitting in some panels and moldings, or you can dramatize it with functional ornaments.
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