Big­ger

4 sim­ple ways to make a small kitchen feel

WKND - - Home Truths - 19 au­gust 2016

very­one wants a big, beau­ti­ful kitchen, but chang­ing the foot­print of yours isn’t al­ways prac­ti­cal, es­pe­cially if you lack the bud­get of a home i mprove­ment show! You can make your snug kitchen feel big­ger and fresher with a few smart im­prove­ments that don’t in­volve wads of cash and tear­ing out walls. Here are four ways to cre­ate a brighter, more ex­pan­sive feel­ing in any kitchen, no mat­ter how small the square footage. a lighter hue and us­ing bright, re­flec­tive hard­ware in modern styles. Glass cab­i­net doors can also vis­ually open up a kitchen — and in­spire you to greater or­gan­i­sa­tion so that the in­side of your cab­i­nets al­ways look guest- ready. enough to ac­com­mo­date a large one.

brighten up Choos­ing lighter colours and fin­ishes is the eas­i­est, most cost- ef­fec­tive way to make any space look big­ger. If you’ve al­ready ad­dressed the cab­i­nets, you can fur­ther ex­pand the vis­ual feel of the kitchen by paint­ing walls a light colour. Re­place dark floors and coun­ters with brighter colours and up­grade faucets, cab­i­net hard­ware and light fix­tures to be brighter and more re­flec­tive. Fi­nally, try adding un­der- cab­i­net light­ing above work spa­ces. Not only will task light­ing put more il­lu­mi­na­tion where you need it most while work­ing in the kitchen, but when com­bined with abun­dant nat­u­ral light, it will en­hance the over­all ef­fect of a lighter, brighter and big­ger space.

in­crease nat­u­ral light Every­thing looks big­ger and bet­ter in the day­light, but if your kitchen has just one small win­dow over the sink or no win­dows at all, it can look dark and feel even smaller. Adding win­dows isn’t al­ways pos­si­ble in a kitchen where you need to re­serve wall space for cab­i­nets and ap­pli­ances. Sky­lights can be a cost­ef­fec­tive and quick way to bring more nat­u­ral light into a kitchen — even if it doesn’t have di­rect roof ac­cess.

In the US, En­ergy Star- qual­i­fied, so­lar- pow­ered, fresh- air sky­lights, like those from Velux Amer­ica, can in­crease the amount of nat­u­ral light while keep­ing func­tional wall space. For times when you want less light, the ad­di­tion of so­lar- pow­ered blinds, avail­able in de­signer colours and pat­terns, al­low you to at­trac­tively shade your sky­lights. Sun Tun­nel tubu­lar sky­lights de­liver nat­u­ral light to spa­ces that don’t have di­rect roof ac­cess.

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