Most people would love to have a spacious kitchen, but that’s not always possible. If your clients have a small kitchen, and you can’t enlarge it due to the configuration of the space, you can still redesign the area to appear larger by using a few simple tricks.
Stay with neutral colors in your design. You should finish walls, countertops, cabinets, and even the floor in a light neutral hue. Neutral colors will make the kitchen feel roomier, unlike when using bold or dark colors. Using neutrals doesn’t mean that the kitchen has to look boring though. The colors that most designers go with today are white, gray, or beige. You can select a mixture of shades to add flair to your design. As an example, paint your walls a light gray and match the countertops to this color. For the cabinetry, use a color that’s one or two shades darker or even use a natural, unfinished wood such as maple. For the flooring, choose a tile that combines the neutral colors that you used elsewhere.
When you update cabinets, install each one tall enough to reach the ceiling. This type of design gives your client more storage space — essential for a small kitchen. It will also draw one’s attention upward. When your eyes are drawn up, it always feels as if the area contains additional square footage. Also, leave the front of your cabinetry bare, instead of adding handles and knobs. This choice has two advantages. In a small space, people won’t have to worry about bumping into anything as they move from place to place. Without hardware, the kitchen will also appear sleeker and more open.
If your clients have a traditional rectangular island, consider changing it to a smaller square version. A small island will give your client a lot more floor space and make the kitchen look twice as big. If your clients need the extra preparation area of a more significant island, opt for a small island with a butcher block top and two drop leaves on either side that they can raise when necessary, but keep lowered the rest of the time. You should also consider an island on rollers that they can move or store elsewhere when not in use. Either choice will give them more kitchen space than a standard rectangular island.
Your clients can live comfortably with a small kitchen if you design it correctly. Try for a clean look that utilizes all of the space and still projects a chic appearance. The result will produce a floor plan and décor style they’ll love.