Kitchen / June 20, 2018 /
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.
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.