Here at Tapi, we understand many homeowners struggle to work with a small kitchen design. However, there are plenty of ways you can make a small kitchen look bigger and more spacious, especially if you follow our tips and tricks.
In this guide, we'll share our expert advice to help you achieve a more open and airy feel in your kitchen, from choosing the right lighting to picking the perfect paint colour that will make your room feel light, bright and roomy. Let's jump in!
Before you start decorating your small kitchen, it's essential to understand its limitations and work with them, rather than against them. Figure out the layout of your kitchen and identify the areas that you can maximise - different kitchen layouts can affect the flow and functionality of your space, so it's important to choose the right one for your needs. Here are some common small kitchen layouts you could have:
Not only do you need to manage your layout, but you need to think about your flooring and walls as well, as they will all work together to help make your space feel a lot bigger! Our guide to the best flooring for kitchens has lots of insights to help you figure out which flooring you’re currently dealing with and the options you might want to consider.
When it comes to making the most of a small kitchen, choosing the right design elements can make all the difference. Some features to consider include:
When selecting a colour palette for your small kitchen, keep in mind that lighter shades tend to create an illusion of more space, so consider using light-coloured cabinets, countertops, and walls to open up the room. However, that doesn't mean that you have to stick to plain white though! Here are some other colour options to consider:
There are lots of ways you can include colour in your space – we have a good few in our guide on 10 ways to add colour into your home! Another way to add depth and interest to your colour palette is to play with texture. For example, consider using glossy tiles for your backsplash or incorporating a textured wallpaper on one wall. These elements can add dimension and make your space feel more dynamic.
Small kitchens often require creative storage solutions to make the most of the available space you have. Here are some ideas to help you keep your kitchen organised and clutter-free:
Remember, when it comes to creative storage solutions, it's all about maximising your space and finding ways to keep your items organised and easily accessible – check out our guide to space saving storage hacks for more tips for different rooms around the house.
Lighting can have a significant impact on the look and feel of a small kitchen. Natural light is the best way to open up your space, so maximise it as much as possible. You can use sheer window treatments to let in more light or install a skylight if your kitchen is on the top floor. Artificial lighting is also crucial, and you can use pendant lights, under-cabinet lighting, or recessed lights to illuminate your counter space.
Mirrors can be a game-changer when it comes to making a small kitchen feel bigger. Mirrors reflect light and create the illusion of depth, making your space look much larger. Consider adding a mirror backsplash behind your stove or sink to instantly make your kitchen feel larger - though be prepared to clean them often! You could also hang a large mirror on a wall to reflect the natural light and give the illusion of a window.
Open shelving is a fantastic way to make your kitchen feel larger and more open. It eliminates the visual bulk of cupboards and allows you to display your dishes, glasses, and other kitchen essentials in an organised and stylish way. Just be sure to keep your shelves tidy and organised to avoid them looking too busy and cluttered.
Flooring plays a crucial role in making a small kitchen feel bigger - the right flooring can create a cohesive and spacious look, while the wrong flooring can make your space feel cramped and disjointed. Our guide to the best flooring for small kitchens has lots more information you can use to help you pick. Here are some of the flooring options to consider:
When choosing your flooring, it's important to consider the overall style of your kitchen. If you have a traditional or farmhouse-style kitchen, a wooden floor or patterned tile can compliment your design, and for a more modern or minimalist look, go for a sleek laminate or vinyl in a neutral colour.
Whatever flooring option you choose, make sure it creates the illusion of a larger space – if you’re a little unsure of how to make this work, why not pop into your local Tapi store and speak to one of our professional floorologists? They have tons of knowledge and are always happy to help! You can also grab some free samples of Tapi flooring you love to see what it looks like in your home today.