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Kitchen knowhow
Give it space!
Though many of us dream of a wide, open kitchen, the reality for countless people is a somewhat compact and, hopefully, bijou affair.

14.02.2014 - So, without actually extending it, what can you do to make your kitchen look and feel more spacious?        

First of all, choose cabinets and walls of the same colour: keeping within the same hue keeps the eye flowing around the room.  Pale colours are always best for small rooms as they reflect light, and don’t be afraid to paint old cupboards to bring them into line with the rest of the room’s décor.

If you are redecorating you may also wish to choose patterns and other elements that help guide the gaze toward the ceiling; if the eye is encouraged to wander up by vertical lines it will give the impression of greater height to the room.

If you can, replace solid cabinet doors with glass ones.  Glass fronts allow the eye to travel through to the back, instantly widening the kitchen.  Don't clutter the interiors, however, or you will spoil the effect: in fact, keep all surfaces as free from unnecessary items as you can.

Where appropriate, incorporate open shelving as it also creates the illusion of extra space.  It is best to always think simple as well, as fussy fixtures and fittings crowd a room.  Keep lines sleek and smooth with as few over-elaborate features as possible.  Choose slim and streamlined furniture in straightforward shapes, avoiding chunky and ornate designs.

And last, but not least, get as much light as possible into the room – the lighter it is, the bigger it will feel.  Keep windows clear of superfluous coverings, curtains and blinds and clean them as often as you can.  You could even knock through a small hatch to a better lit room if feasible, but even if you have no way of introducing more natural light, make sure your artificial light is as good as possible.  It will also make it much easier, and more enjoyable, to work in there.    

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