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6 Ways To Visually Expand A Small Kitchen

June 11, 2020

Not every home is blessed with big open kitchen space, but how can you maintain the same efficiency, style and organisation of a large kitchen with a small space?

Summerskye Residence, Bayan Lepas by EMPT Studio

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Fret not! If your kitchen feels too cramped and you are looking for ways to visually stretch the space, these design tricks will create the illusion of a larger kitchen and allow you to utilise it more efficiently!

1. Flood the space with light

A small space can be in danger of feeling dark and cramped so access to natural light as well as proper light installation is vital when renovating your kitchen. Ideally, your kitchen should be located near the front or the back of the house, with windows and door openings, so you’ll have a bright and well-ventilated space to cook and prepare meals.

Tropicana Bay Residences by Nevermore Group

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If you have a poorly-lit kitchen, consider installing cabinets with reflective surfaces such as glossy cabinets or with glass-fronted units to bounce light around the room. You can also install task lighting and ambient lights in your kitchen cabinets to illuminate dark spots and to highlight each corner, creating the impression of a bigger kitchen.

2. Incorporate open shelving

Open shelving can create a seamless feel to a kitchen space. In fact, it is a great place to showcase some of your fancy dinnerware, cookbooks or vases. If you don’t feel confident to keep your kitchen neat and organised with open shelving, limit yourself to the upper section of your wall and keep your mismatched dishes and tools stowed away in the lower cabinets. This solution makes the top of the kitchen wall look more minimalist, besides creating a beautiful kitchen display.

Platinum Arena, Klang Lama by SQFT Space Design Management

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Platinum Arena, Klang Lama by SQFT Space Design Management

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3. Hang a magnetic knife bar

When they're left out on the countertop, knife blocks can eat up valuable workspace and draw attention to a kitchen's insufficient size. Instead, store knives on a wall-mounted magnetic strip. Not only does it save lots of space, but your kitchen tools will also always be easily accessed when it comes to chopping those vegetables, fruit and meat!

Eco Majestic, Semenyih by Pocket Square

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4. Install a kitchen island

Adding an island might sound like a terrible idea if you own a small kitchen, but it also works double-duty by providing extra storage space and a useful worktop for food preparation.

Temasya by IQI Concept Interior Design & Renovation

When renovating, choose an island that comes with plenty of storage space underneath for stowing away pots and pans, snacks and everything else you want but never seem to have enough space for. Your kitchen island can also be turned into a casual dining table with the addition of bar stools, besides a meal prep counter.

5. Switch your door cabinets to drawers

To gain maximum usability of your kitchen, consider switching all your cabinets to drawers. It allows easy access to every item, unlike cupboards, which require rummaging and can result in a cluttered cooking space as things pile up while you find time to make space on their bulging shelves. Rows of drawers also lend a chic and organized look.

Serena Residence Rawang RT1 by Nice Style Refurbishment

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6. Colour coordinate your kitchen

To create the impression of a bigger space, limit the cabinetry and the wall colour to a single hue as it erases visual boundaries that might stop the eye. This works well especially with a light colour palette such as white or grey, creating a bright, light and clean space where the cabinetry and furniture blend seamlessly with the kitchen wall.

Cloud Tree, Sri Kembangan by Interior+ Design Sdn. Bhd.

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