Use Paint to Make Your Small Kitchen Look Larger

Use Paint to Make Your Small Kitchen Look Larger

Choose the Right Colors

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Popular interior designers set trends, and you should pay attention to their painting ideas if you want your kitchen to wow buyers. Here are some tricks interior designers use in their own projects. 

Add some bright color: Mark McCauley, author of Interior Design for Idiots, suggests using dashes of color on unexpected accents like windowsills or the inner parts of shelves. When sharp hues mix with light wall hues, a kitchen looks more spacious simply because it is more interesting to the eye. 

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Create an accent wall:  Libby Langdon, who contributes to Small Space, Big Style on HGTV, says you shouldn’t be afraid of bold colors. She encourages homeowners to paint one wall in their kitchens a deeper color than the rest. A darker hue can make a wall recede into the background, enlarging a space.

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Use the same paint color for walls and trim: The owner of Charlotte Lucas Interior Design advises homeowners to use the same paint color on the walls and trim. As there are no gaps in the trim, the ceiling will appear higher. When homebuyers step into the room, they will get the feeling that it is bigger than it really is.

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Minimize contrast with countertops and cabinets: When painting your walls, countertops, cabinetry, and shelves, use colors that are different than the walls, but without a huge contrast. Choosing colors in the same color family is a useful strategy. Without abrupt shifts from light to dark, your kitchen will look spacious and serene. Sharp contrasts, on the other hand, create visual boundaries that halt the eye and make a space feel smaller. 

Keep ceilings white: While the recent design trend is toward using colors on the ceiling in many rooms, this is not recommended for small kitchens. A bright white ceiling will seem higher, making the room feel more spacious. White ceilings also reflect light, maximizing the effects of any natural daylight present in the room.

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Avoid flat-gloss paints: Eggshell and satin enamels make for slightly reflective surfaces that allow light to bounce, which can make a room feel larger. Woodwork and trim can be painted with a medium-gloss enamel. Avoid flat-sheen paints, which tend to absorb light and can make a room feel smaller. Enamels have another important advantage for kitchens: They are more washable than flat paints. [external_footer]

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