Kitchen / June 14, 2018 / .
A trick of great kitchen designers to use shallow cabinets. You are still getting a key part of a kitchen which is essential to the look, without compromising on space. An added trick of installing lighting underneath the top cabinets and just above the kick board will bring more light to this area. Curves in the kitchen really can be your best friend. Curved cabinets and surfaces create soft lines and can open up small, tight spaces more. It might seem like only a few inches, but the difference it will make will seem much more.
Creating a kitchen scheme with little difference between the colors of walls, countertops, cabinetry, and woodwork makes a space appear larger than it really is. Here, the cabinets, trim, and backsplash are close in color value, a soft gray-green, so the eye does not trip over sudden shifts from dark to light. The effect is serene and expansive.
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.
Countertops crowded with cookware, cabinets, and collectibles overwhelm a small kitchen and cramp work space. To enlarge the room, clear off counters, windowsills, and cabinet tops, and stash as much as you can behind closed doors. To take decluttering further, opt for minimalist European-style cabinetry with sleek, flat-panel doors.