Whether you rent or own, one thing we can probably all agree on is that our kitchen is never big enough. Our old place had a tiny kitchen and no dining room, therefore our dining room and kitchen became one room and we had to find creative ways to maximise space and minimise clutter. Now, as we embark on remodelling our first home, I made the kitchen top priority! Not everyone can tear down walls or install new countertops and flooring, but you can do a few simple upgrades to make your kitchen bigger and brighter. Here are some helpful tips I've learned along the way!
1. Keep It Light
Keep the cabinets, backsplash and flooring in the same colour family to give your eye a sense of unity. In a small kitchen, white and other light colours are your best friends because they reflect light, making your kitchen seem bigger and brighter. If you're a renter, ask your landlord if you can paint the cabinets or apply removable wallpaper.
Use elongating geometric patterns on the floor to give the illusion of a longer kitchen or stripes to make it appear wider. If you're unable to invest in new tile, an outdoor rug will do the trick! The plastic blend makes it super easy to clean up spills.
3. Add Height
Don't you just love this deep blue tile? Adding backsplash tile all the way to the ceiling not only gives the appearance of a taller kitchen, but also reflects light.
4. Open Up
Say goodbye to bulky cabinets and hello to open shelving. Not only does this open up the space in your kitchen, it also gives you a chance to display those beautiful ceramics that have been hiding away in cupboards. If you're a renter, just remove the cabinet doors and hinges and put them back on whenever you move!
Just like using mirrors in a room to make it appear bigger and brighter, use a mirrored or reflective tile as your backsplash to really make your kitchen shine.