Kitchen / June 2, 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.
Certain elements, like backless barstools, wire kitchen islands, or glass pendant lights for example, leave sight lines open and do not trip up your eye as you move around the room. Floating countertop, and mid century stools, do just that. We talk a lot about using reflective mirrors strategically, but stainless steel appliances, glossy floors, satin paint, glass tiles, and sleek cabinets can also do the trick.
Faux painting techniques can add texture and dimension, as well as detail to your walls. These techniques work especially well in the kitchen. Faux techniques are affordable options that do not require you to hire a professional. Some popular faux painting techniques for the kitchen include stenciling, color washing and sponging.
Giving the eye an vertical path to follow increases the apparent height of the ceiling, thus lifting the lid off a boxy room. Here, molding atop the sleek wood cabinets draws the eye upward. If there is a soffit above your cabinets, framed prints, decorative plates, or large ceramic tiles achieve a similar effect. For the greatest sense of expansiveness, choose objects that harmonize with the background rather than stand out against it.