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Cramped in the Kitchen? Tricks to Make the Area Look Bigger

If there's one room in the house which depicts a lot of memories, especially for big families, it's no other than the kitchen. Every morning, it's where everyone gets a cup of coffee or a bowl of cereal prior to going to work or school. It's also where lunch and dinner is cooked and eaten, along with quick snacks. If you want to have a family discussion over bowls of home-made sundaes or freshly baked bread, the kitchen is the place to be. 

This is precisely the reason why kitchens need to be big enough to accommodate the entire family. Even if you live alone, you should have a big enough kitchen that will accommodate your guests when entertaining. But what if you're lacking in space? If you live in a city where cramped apartments are the norm, how can you decorate your kitchen in such a way that the area will give the illusion of being bigger? That is exactly what we will learn more about here. 

Use Colour & Other Nifty Tricks to Enlarge Your Kitchen 

If you would like to make your kitchen look bigger, there are a few things that you can do, including the following:
  • ‘Hide' some of your kitchen appliances.

Unlike back in the days when most kitchens used to appear cluttered due to the varying designs of appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens and trash compactors, there is a way for you to hide these kitchen appliances today. Make use of kitchen cabinet covers which disguise the presence of these kitchen appliances. The less cluttered your kitchen is, the bigger it will appear to be. 
  • If you have a small kitchen, invest in equally small cooking utensils and gadgets.

If you live alone, why would you need to invest in cooking utensils and kitchen gadgets for large-scale meal preparations? Base the size of your kitchen appliances on the number of people that you usually cook dinner for – so you won't have to use up any more counter space than what's necessary. 
  • Use mirrors on the walls to give the illusion of space.

If you have a small kitchen, you can use the traditional technique of adding mirrors on the walls to give the illusion of space. Not only will mirrors make your kitchen appear bigger, but it will also brighten up the ambience in the area. 
  • Play with interior design trends such as mixed-and-matched tables and chairs, range hoods and modern sinks.

You can also play with interior design trends such as buying small kitchen appliances in bright colours to add a splash of vibrancy to your kitchen. Instead of having a set of chairs with a matching table, mix the chairs up for a uniquely fun decorating touch. You can also have the kitchen island made in a contrasting colour to the dinner table – the combination of hues is entirely up to you. Range hoods are another beautiful yet functional item that you can add in your kitchen. By following these tips, you can make an otherwise small kitchen appear larger. 

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