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3 Tips To Help Make Your Cramped Kitchen Feel Bigger

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If you live in an apartment or small condo, then your kitchen can likely feel a bit cramped at times. Adding additional square footage might not be an option, but there are still some simple ways to help your small kitchen feel more spacious.

Here are three tips you can use to give your own tiny kitchen the illusion of more space in the future.

1. Change the color scheme.

The way you use color can influence how spacious a room feels. When you want to make your small kitchen feel more open, it can be beneficial to change the color scheme in the room. When selecting a color palette, be sure that you are choosing from lighter colors.

Dark colors absorb light, and they can make a room feel smaller. Since lighter colors reflect light, the eye perceives rooms with a lighter color scheme as being more spacious. In addition to selecting a light color, be sure that you keep everything in the same color family. Painting your cabinets the same color as your walls will help them blend seamlessly into the space, giving the illusion of more square footage.

2. Use elongated patterns.

Geometric shapes or stripes that form elongated patterns can be a beneficial tool when trying to create the illusion of more space. If you want your kitchen to appear wider, try using horizontal stripes. If the illusion of a taller ceiling is your goal, then vertical stripes are best.

Stripes make an excellent design options for smaller kitchens because they not only help create the illusion of more space, but they can add interest to an otherwise dull room. Using tone-on-tone stripes in a light color scheme can help you easily make your kitchen appear to be larger than it is.

3. Incorporate shiny surfaces into the room.

Shiny surfaces, like mirrors or glass, help reflect the light that is present in your kitchen. If you have the wall space to add a large mirror, you can create the illusion of more space simply by allowing the mirror to capture the natural or artificial light flowing into your kitchen and spread it throughout the room.

If you don't have the wall space required to hang mirrors in your kitchen, you can add stainless steel appliances. Since stainless steel has a mirrored finish, your appliances will be able to reflect light throughout your small kitchen to make it feel larger.

Making a small kitchen feel larger doesn't have to be difficult. Try switching to a lighter color scheme, adding some stripes, or incorporating shiny surfaces to make your tiny kitchen feel more spacious in the future. You can also talk to a place like Patriot Construction for more information.

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17 October 2015