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Tips on how to make your NYC small kitchen look bigger

Updated: Jun 24, 2020

The styles of houses differ and you might have a smaller kitchen. At times, you might think that a larger kitchen would be a welcome addition to your home. The good news is that a full blown renovation project might not be necessary. Check out these tips that could make your kitchen seem larger than its actual size.

Stay with neutral colors

Painting your kitchen is among the least expensive, time efficient, and easiest ways to give it a fresh update. To make it seem larger, you want to be careful with the paint color you choose. Be thorough in your selection so that the result of your project has the greatest improvement possible.

When painting a smaller kitchen, we suggest staying with something neutral. One of the easiest and obvious choices here would be white paint due to its versatility. It can be used for many parts of the kitchen, including walls, trim and sometimes even the cabinets. Be sure to use multiple layers of white.

Of course, you are not limited to just white. Other options that will help expand the size appearance of the kitchen include creams, grey, beige, or softer shades of tan. It all depends on the look you are going for.

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Add a touch of color

The neutral paint color sets the overall tone for the kitchen. It does not at all mean that you are avoiding color all together. You want to add color here and there to give it a lift and add life to its personality. This can be easily done by adding accents that have color. This can include seat cushions, art work, curtains and shades, rugs, or even counter top appliances. Doing so can bring together the entire kitchen and make it seem bigger.

Update the cabinets

As with the walls of your kitchen, you want to use a light color on the cabinets to make the kitchen feel airy and spacious. You want to stay away from cold, dark colors when it comes to the cabinets. Painting the cabinets is no easy task, so you want to bring in a NYC painting professional who will do the job right. The painting professional will be experienced in removing the hardware, sanding properly, and preparing the cabinets to be painted. Keep in mind that you live every day with your kitchen, so it is worth the effort to have it look its best.

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Do not use different colors for the walls and trim

Using the same color on walls and trim will result in no borders where the trim meets the wall. This will have the effect of having your ceiling feel higher and providing a roomier atmosphere.

The backsplash and countertops should match

To further help your kitchen come together, you want to line up the colors of the backsplash and countertop. This will have a similar effect of when you matched the trim to the wall. It will give visual continuity as you look upward from the floor to ceiling, which will appear to increase its size.

Think similarly for storage

Stick to the theme of drawing the eye’s attention from the floor to ceiling. You want to think vertically when adding storage to your kitchen. It is best to go with narrow shelving as you go up the wall. Cookware can be hung from the ceiling. This is particularly helpful when you have an open area kitchen.

Do not use flat paints

You want to stay away from flat paints in the kitchen. Instead, you want to use a more reflective paint to make the kitchen look lighter and airy. Two such paints that will reflect light are eggshell and satin. An added bonus of these paints is that they are much easier to clean. Just about any stain will come off more easily on these paints than on flat paint.

Check out this page from Lowe’s to give you some kitchen remodeling ideas.

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