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Top Small Kitchen Renovation Ideas to Maximize Your Space

Many of us dream of a spacious kitchen with sky-high ceilings and abundant natural lights pouring through the massive windows. Though some people are fine with their small and oddly-shaped kitchens, it doesn’t have to be so bad. Thankfully, with the right solutions, smart design ideas, and the right home renovations contractor, you can make the most out of your small kitchen look bigger.

The kitchen is indeed the heart of a home for many reasons: it provides a fun time for families, it’s good for the mind, body, and soul, and it sets the tone for the entire house. That’s why many homeowners invest a lot into kitchen upgrades since it is one of the most important rooms for the resale value of a home. Click here if you’re looking for reliable and most recommended contractors in Hamilton, Burlington, Stoney Creek, or Ancaster areas.

Tricks to Make Your Small Kitchen Look Bigger

There’s no excuse for a tiny kitchen not to display some serious style and feel more spacious than actually is. Here are some tricks to achieve these:

1. Add Mirrors and Choose Reflective Surfaces

Many people might have heard of this before that mirrors make a room look bigger. Yet they only use them in their bathrooms or bedrooms, but not in their kitchens. Use a focal point and angle your mirrors toward it to give a depth illusion. Install a super-size mirror covering one side of your wall, which will make your kitchen look striking, especially if it’s reflecting back a table or kitchen top. 

Another alternative to creating the same illusion is to utilize a mirrored cupboard or splashback. The following reflective surfaces can also make your kitchen feel bigger:

  • Shiny floors
  • Glass tiles
  • High-gloss paint
  • Glossy cabinets
  • Stainless steel appliances

In addition, mirrors reflect both natural and artificial light making a room brighter during the day and night. So, it’s a good idea to place a mirror near a window to reflect the natural lights outside.

2. Use Color

According to designers, light paint colors make a room look bigger and brighter. While dark shades tend to absorb light and make a room feel smaller, light and bright walls are more reflective, creating a space that feels open and airy, which helps increase natural light’s effect.

For an optimum effect, go for whites. These days, white kitchens are trending and the best color for opening up space. 

For a bigger and more inviting look, you can use yellow. It will give a sunny, country vibe even if you live in the city. On the other hand, greens such as pale green and teal are perfect shades for adding touches to a white kitchen. Complement this look with some green plants or flower arrangements.

3. Go for Open Shelves

Did you know that open storage makes your kitchen look more airy and spacious? Try removing some cabinet doors and take a step back. Can you see an illusion of space?

However, take note that this trick can only be done if your cupboards are not bursting. In other words, if you have cluttered shelves, you will only make the space feel even smaller! 

Copper shelves would make an attractive addition to your small kitchen to increase the feeling of space.

4. Go for a Single Sink

There’s no need for a double sink that will only dominate the worktop and make your small kitchen look even smaller. Besides, they’re also fashionable these days and probably forever. Single sinks are perfect for a small kitchen since they have depth, plus you can fit your pans and pots in them without taking up too much space.

5. Consolidate Your Workspace

If you are ready for your kitchen renovations, tell your contractors to build your microwave into the cabinetry and keep the oven and cooking area together in one designated area. This will free up space in your workspace.

Moreover, use an appliance garage for your small appliances, such as a toaster and blender, making them plugged in but hidden away. This way, the room feels more airy, bright, and aesthetically pleasing.


About Gigi

Gigi Collins is a food and culinary chef and a blogger who grew up with pizza. Gigi’s father owned a pizzeria served as Domino’s franchisee for many years and then helped other pizzerias with marketing. She made a newsletter about being a pizza advisor and discovered that people wanted to subscribe. That got Gigi considering expanding to a magazine.

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