Tips to Make Your Kitchen Feel Larger

Posted by Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Oct 27, 2014 5:30:00 PM

Brakur_Small_KitchensIf you are like most people you spend a lot of time in your kitchen. Many of us dream of that oversized kitchen that has style, is easy to cook in, and can wow our guests when they come to visit. Unfortunately not every home is suited for a large kitchen, so you are left to dream and think of a future day when you can afford that larger home. When remodeling your kitchen you don’t have to wait to have the feel of a large kitchen in a big home. There are several things you can to do to give your smaller kitchen the appearance that it is larger than it really is. 

10 Smart Tips 

  1. Lighten Up - Darker colors will always make a room Brakur_Small_Kitchens_2feel more closed in and smaller. You will want to use a lighter color cabinet such as white or a light maple wood. As long as your cabinets and wall colors stay lighter you can always use darker colors as accents.
  2. Store Smarter - You can fit a lot more into your kitchen than you realize. There are many space saving storage ideas such as rollout drawers or a deep pantry cabinet with rotating shelves that you can utilize.
  3. Alleviate the clutter - There is nothing that will make a kitchen appear smaller than cabinets cluttered with appliances. There are many ways you can gain more counter space. Get things off of the floors and counters.
  4. Think Taller - Many times we don’t always utilize the space we have. You might consider taller wall cabinets that can go to ceiling.It also gives you more storage. 
  5. Utilize your Backsplash - Choose a light colored tile or glass tiles that will reflect and act as a mirror to increase the light in the room.
  6. Magnify your lighting - Always take advantage of natural light when possible. Also use layered lighting to make your kitchen seem brighter. Take advantage of pendant lights and under cabinetBrakur_Small_Kitchen_3 lights. They can add to the overall feel of the kitchen and highlight special features such as a decorative range hood.
  7. Enlarge with Mirrors - If you have the space mirrors can play tricks on the eyes and visually expand the room.  Adding a mirror to the wall gives the room more depth.
  8. Hide the Food - Whether it is a spice rack or a thin pull out pantry. There are many ways you can create an organized pantry without having a pantry.
  9. Use Smaller Appliances - Using oversized appliances isn’t necessary in a small kitchen. Find a slimmer fridge or smaller oven that doesn’t take up as much space.
  10. Open it Up – Closed spaces add to the weight of the room and can make it feel smaller than it really is. Open kitchens are catching on. If you have a wall that can be taken down or even a half wall it will bring in more light and extend your kitchen into the living area.

Brakur Custom Cabinetry can help you make the most of your space. If you would like to have a conversation with one of our kitchen design experts we can help you find the right cabinets and products to give your kitchen remodel a larger feel.

Click below to find out what important questions you should ask your remodeler.

 Questions to Ask a Remodeler


Topics: Countertops, Chicagoland, Custom Kitchen, Kitchen Layouts

Located in Shorewood, Il, Brakur Custom Cabinetry, Inc. has been providing high quality locally manufactured cabinetry since 1965. Brakur is the largest manufacturer of custom cabinetry in Northern Illinois with a 100,000 plus square foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and more than 80 employees.

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