5 Tricks to Make Your Kitchen Look and Feel Bigger

If you are planning a kitchen remodel or just looking for few ways to make your kitchen more roomy, National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) shares the top five ways to make a kitchen "bigger" without adding square footage.

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Choose Sleek Appliances

There are many high-efficiency appliances that allow people with small kitchens to have the same luxuries as those with large kitchens.


Try to keep your cooktop and oven in the same area to save valuable counter space. Have microwaves built into the cabinetry and keep all small appliances stored in either an appliance garage or a pantry to maintain a clutter-free workspace.

Maintain a Mix of Natural and Ambient Lighting

A skylight will open the ceiling to more light and raise a portion of the ceiling, visually expanding the space. Bay and greenhouse windows create an open feel. Natural light should be complemented by ambient and task lighting to provide the same feeling during the night.

Keep the Personal Touches Small

Display simple items that don't create a feel of clutter. Having too many displays will cause the kitchen to look much smaller, but the right amount can add to the warmth and provide an illusion of a larger space.

Lighten It Up

Too many cabinets, especially if they're dark, will create the illusion that the room is much smaller than it is. Instead, use light-colored cabinets, open shelves and glass-front doors.