3 Easy Ways to Make Your Small Kitchen Feel Bigger

by Editor on August 30, 2013

Small kitchen

Kitchens are quite often the centre of family life in a home, and if yours isn’t particularly spacious, it’s easy for your kitchen to lose that sociable atmosphere that so many homeowners crave. Clever storage solutions and space-saving mechanisms are crucial if you want to maximise space, but these can be costly. So, how can your décor help to make your room feel bigger on a budget?

Reflective Surfaces

Incorporating glossy, reflective surfaces into your kitchen will help to reflect light and give the illusion of a bigger, brighter space. If you can’t afford to replace your heavy oak dining table and chairs, simply coating them in a high-shine gloss will do the trick. When it comes to flooring, you can still maintain cosiness by opting for dark wood, but choosing wood with a polished, glossy finish will reflect any natural or artificial light and make the room look more spacious.

Light Colour Palettes

If you’re on a budget, giving your kitchen a quick lick of paint can really help it look brighter and more spacious. Go for light, off-white shades and incorporate colour through your kitchen accessories instead; things like tea towels and place mats can be picked up for next to nothing and serve this purpose well, so it won’t cost you the earth. If your budget can stretch a bit further, you could consider retiling the areas around your sink and work surfaces with high-shine white tiles like the ones from Tiles4All. Combined with a light colour palette, reflective tiles will help bounce light around the room, instantly making it feel more spacious.


A cheap way to update your cabinets and instantly make your kitchen feel bigger is to attach mirrored panels to the front of some of the cupboard doors. It doesn’t have to look over-the-top and garish; think more along the lines of a classy Venetian mirrored effect than a fairground fun house. You can get hold of mirrors pretty cheaply at most home-ware stores; so again, this quick and simple transformation won’t break the bank. If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, then hanging a large mirror on the wall will have a similar effect. For more ideas on how to incorporate mirrors into your kitchen’s design, check out this Pinterest board.

Hopefully you now have plenty of food for thought as to how you can make your kitchen look bigger on a budget; all you need is a little creativity. What once was a small, darkened room can be transformed into a light, bright space where you and your family want to spend your time, and the good news is that you don’t have to break the bank to achieve it.

photo by: blmurch

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