Kitchen / June 14, 2018 / .
Some patterned wall and floor coverings add visual clutter that makes a space feel smaller, but certain patterns have the opposite effect. Oversize diamonds or chevrons create diagonal lines that draw the eyes from one side of the room to the other, making it feel wider than it really is. Combine this technique with low-contrast colors for big results in a small kitchen.
Keep everything in the same color family, with minor variation. Light colors, or all white helps too. In the kitchen above, the cabinets and appliances blend in with the walls, and things feel more spacious than they actually are. Choose geometric and striped walls and floors that draw the eye lengthwise or vertically and make the room appear longer or taller than it actually is. Had the checked tile been laid squarely, versus on the diagonal, it would have felt more stunted and chopped up. If you can not change the floor itself, add a patterned runner that will add the same effect.
Go for shiny surface finishes. These will reflect light and distribute it all around the room, making it feel much larger than it actually is. Opt for shiny splash backs, counter tops and high gloss cupboard doors and shelving. When choosing your flooring, whether it is tiles, wood or patterned, make sure it is laid length-ways down the kitchen. This will draw the eye and elongate the room. If you lay it sideways, the eye will naturally be drawn sideways and it will make the room feel much shorter and smaller.
Color is all the rage these days, and stylish, contemporary paint colors can often work wonders in your kitchen. White, blue, yellow, red, green, and orange are all popular kitchen paint colors, but there are many ways to modernize these shades. Blue has always been a smart shade to use in a cooking space. Lighter blues have an ethereal quality and bring the beach and sky to mind. But to really add interest to a space, many homeowners and interior designers are opting for bright blues such as turquoise, aqua and cobalt and darker blues such as navy. Striking and sophisticated, these colors can take kitchens to a new level, but it is important to use them sparingly and only in a room that already gets a lot of natural light since navy blues could make a kitchen feel dark.