Make Your Cramped Kitchen Look Larger With These Small Remodel Ideas

If you’re fed up with your small kitchen and know you need a design change, but can’t afford to tackle a demolition project, relax. There are ways to renovate a small kitchen with ideas that can open up the space – without opening up your wallet too wide. Check out these small kitchen remodel ideas from our Cambridge contractors to get your creative juices flowing.

Get Creative With Paint

An easy and affordable way to make your small kitchen look bigger is the strategic use of paint. A fresh coat of paint will add drama, impact, coziness, and the illusion of more space. Here are some tips:

  • Choose light, neutral colors
  • Paint your dark cabinets a lighter color
  • Keep bottom cabinets dark and paint top cabinets a lighter color for the illusion of height
  • Add color behind open shelving or bold accent walls
  • Keep the ceiling white
  • Avoid matte paint and stick with satin or eggshell, which allows light to bounce off all surfaces and make the room seem bigger

Use Glass Cabinet Doors or Try Open Shelving

This will really open up your kitchen, but there’s one caveat: you have to keep your shelves neat and clean, and free of clutter. Here’s how to make glass cabinet doors or open shelves work in your kitchen:

  • Choose one color palette, such as all white or all blue dishes on display (store mismatched plates and mugs somewhere else)
  • Balance larger and smaller items
  • Keep items you use every day close at hand and put less-used items on higher shelves

Try Geometric Patterns

Geometric patterns add depth and texture, tricking the eye into thinking the kitchen is bigger than it is. Do this by using tile, wallpaper, or accessories, such as floor runners. Just don’t add too many geometric patterns or it will lead to a chaotic look.

Add Mirrors

Mirrors reflect light and therefore tend to open up the space. Incorporate an actual mirror or add a mirrored backsplash.

Connect to the Great Outdoors

If you have a patio or deck off the kitchen and can afford to add some French doors, this will allow natural light to flood in and make the kitchen look bigger.

Add Accent Lights

Because the eye is drawn to shadows, this can make small spaces feel cramped. To combat this, add accent lights to shelving or underneath cabinets.

Streamline Storage Spaces

Cramped kitchens typically suffer from lack of storage. Take some time to declutter the space and then invest in organizational systems such as corner cabinets. This will hide small appliances such as toasters and coffee makers yet allow them to remain easily accessible.

Contact AD Construction

If you have a kitchen that’s short on size, we can help it look bigger with the strategic use of the above strategies and many more. Please call AD Construction at 877-345-BUILD to get a free quote from one of our Dorchester contractors.

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