Making a Small Kitchen Feel Bigger

You’ve bought the home of your dreams, and you are all ready to move in - there’s just one thing that’s bothering you, niggling at your mind - the tiny kitchen.

We feel your pain, we deal with all kinds of kitchens and we understand that small kitchens have their limitations, however, it’s not all bad as they have their advantages too. For example, you won’t be spending 30 minutes finding something because everything is an arm’s length away. We have some ideas to help you make the most of a smaller kitchen; help it look a bit bigger.

Use Colour Contrasts

Give it more of a feeling of space by creating contrasts in colour and luminosity, and playing with different materials.

Do You Have High Ceilings?

We’ll start there then - make the most of them! Building cabinetry up high is an obvious and well-used method to create storage. Don’t forget to give those spaces some decorative love, and add in some open shelving for some practical and utilitarian storage that you can use to display common house plants, plates, prints and much more. You can also make use of kitchen light fittings and a painted ceiling to draw the eye upwards.

Think About How Each Cabinet and Space Will be Used

By doing this you can improve the workflow of the kitchen. Consider the back of doors as hanging space and the underside of shelves for cup hooks, making use of the corners, and reserving the high cabinets for occasional storage only. Where custom building comes into play, you can use the cabinet kickboards as a place to store larger items like baking trays and dishes. The area above doors and the ceiling also make for some clever storage spaces.


Planning effective kitchen lighting will go a big way towards making a small kitchen feel a lot bigger. When planning kitchen lighting, you’ll need overall ambient lighting but also task lighting (lighting that is going to give you direct lighting on work surfaces). This is going to have a compound effect of helping the space to feel open and better planned. You should therefore consider where certain tasks, like chopping veggies or grating cheese, will take place, and consider where you will be keeping the utensils associated.

Limit the Colour Palette

Less is more - this is certainly true when it comes to colour in the kitchen. Colours you choose are, just like everything else in your kitchen design, a personal design, but if you just choose one or two predominant colours your kitchen will feel much bigger. This technique also creates a much better-coordinated look without you needing a PHD in interior design!

Feel free to use different shades of the same colour as you work to mix and match. This creates visual texture, but avoids big blocks of contrasting walls, so that the eye sees the room as a continuous unit, as opposed to smaller block appliances. You could get inspiration for your kitchen paint ideas on our website, as we have some fantastic designs available.

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