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Text and photos from Loftez | 16 June 2017
The kitchen is the proverbial heart to your sweet, sweet home, but small kitchens can be a pain to work in. Not to worry though, as here are four easy steps to craft the illusion of a bigger kitchen space.
1) Lighting is key

Great lighting can make a room look bigger, so work with natural and artificial light to enlarge your kitchen
Great lighting can make any room appear larger, the same way dark and poor lighting can make a space look boring and cramped. If your kitchen space was graced with windows, you are in luck for they make the task a whole lot easier. Raise those curtains more often to let in ambient light that should wrap around the space nicely.

Also, consider mixing up natural lighting with artificial sources. With proper installation and design, it will blend seamlessly with the natural light flooding the kitchen space. Not only is it very beneficial for obvious reasons (brighter work areas are usually better), but a mix of artificial and natural light can add a sense of modern elegance.

2) Lead them on

Homeowners usually opt for bigger appliances and extra isles for their kitchen, while those who can only work with small spaces may feel a bit pessimistic with furniture. That's not to say that they can't add furniture, but they should select their pieces more carefully. Overwhelming a small space with clutter may be counter-productive to your goal, and it adds visual tension instead of reducing it.

You can still make it work however. For isles, countertops, or even tables in your cooking space, try going for pieces that have sleek and clean designs. Pronounced lines draw the eyes in and out of a space, and patterns such as strong lines tend to lead vision in a defined direction. This creates the illusion of space by tricking your viewers into thinking that the space extends beyond, more than it actually does.

3) Lying colours

Choosing white for your kitchen creates an impression of airiness and roominess
This may come as a surprise, but choosing a fitting colour palette for your cramped kitchen can make a world of a difference. For starters, going with lighter colours usually creates minimal contrast with everything, assuming they are on the lighter side of the spectrum as well. Have the walls, the countertops and isles complement each other. These tones provide a smooth transition from the floor to the countertop up to the ceiling, and create an appearance of roominess by deceiving the eyes.

If you're unsure of what colours to get, you can never go wrong with white. It's clean, it's classy and it's safe. Also, white and other lighter colours make the eyes travel from the bottom to the top, once again leading them in the space and creating an impression of airiness. However, it is understandable that plain white or other lighter colour schemes may not appeal to everyone's tastes. With smaller kitchens, bold and strong colours can actually work. Heavier contrasts can add a bit of energy and make your kitchen look more dynamic.

4) Small sizes, fits all

What helps you in your cooking can actually be your worst enemy. Homeowners often make the mistake of splurging on unnecessary and enormous tools. For people with small spaces to cook, this should be avoided.

Ideally, people in this situation should opt for high efficiency and multi-purpose appliances to maximize space and get more work done. If budget is an issue, you could always go for physically smaller appliances. Don't get too excited with the bells and whistles that bigger and more expensive appliances may offer. At the end of the day, they are just tools. Bigger refrigerators and stoves take more space, but do essentially the same things as the smaller models. Opting for smaller ones make your kitchen look less cluttered and cramped, hence giving off the illusion of space. They should help you in creating dishes, not hinder you from reaching for that bottle of tomato sauce.

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