Kitchen / January 28, 2018 / .
One way to make a small kitchen appear larger is to remove some cabinet doors or replace the solid fronts with glass. This pulls the eye past the cabinet frames, into the depths of the cabinets, so the walls feel farther away. This trick is most effective if you can keep what is in the cabinets orderly and color-coordinated; clutter tends to make a room feel crowded.
When deciding on a color palette for your kitchen, it is important to think about the overall design of your home and the vibe you are trying to achieve. Ask yourself how you want your kitchen to feel. Is it country chic? Modern and sleek? French bistro? There are many different pieces of your kitchen that need to coordinate, including your cabinets, countertops, backsplash, wall color and even appliances.
A simple color change can update your kitchen in a major way. The right shade of grey, for example, can turn the room from drab to sleek and sophisticated. Finessing the right hue of red, meanwhile, can take it from lackluster to perfectly dramatic. Here, interior designers share their favorite shades of paint for the kitchen so you can spend less time looking at swatches and more time enjoying your newly-designed space.
Just as clothing with horizontal stripes can make a person look wider, striped flooring that runs from side to side, rather than following the length of a room, will stretch the apparent floor space. These broad stripes were created by alternating light, and medium-tone laminate floor tiles. Achieve a similar effect by painting existing wooden or vinyl flooring or by covering the floor with a large striped rug.