Published by Hannah King
Posted on 23 December 2019
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for spending time with friends and family. It can, however, be a reminder your kitchen is too small to fit everyone in. Kitchen extensions, therefore, are a great way to get more space but if this type of project is not yet on the cards there are some other ways too. From clever lighting tricks to savvy styling and extensions for a ‘Dream Design’, read on this week as we look at how to make a small kitchen feel tons bigger.
Picture the scene, it’s Christmas Eve and you’re having a group of friends round for drinks. There are bodies here and there are bodies there, it’s uncomfortable, cramped and warm. Using a simple cabinet trick could help you out in time for your next party – the standard depth for kitchen cabinets is 600mm but there’s also slimline versions too. By reducing cabinet depth by about half you’ll free up more room for guests. It’s a secret used by designers and it still leaves room for storing those everyday items.
Did you know that you can style a kitchen to fool the eye into thinking that it’s much bigger? This can be done through one base colour in slightly varying tones to really open up the room. In terms of kitchen flooring, it should be laid lengthways in order to elongate the space. Mirrored surfaces also work well to reflect light and bounce it around the kitchen.
Side return kitchen extensions are a great way to transform unused space into your home. It’s also an opportunity to get more light into the kitchen, which will help to broaden the space more. If you’d like a more open-plan room so that you can watch the kids do Christmas crafts as you bake, a side return kitchen extension will be ideal as a kitchen/diner living space combined.
Family gatherings and additional guests can be a sign that you need more room. A two-storey extension will be a great addition and more cost-effective than single-storey. This build will also provide enough space to add a large kitchen, with two new bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. Making entertaining a breeze, next year your guests might even be able to stay over.
Whether your plan is to extend or not, good lighting is key to an overall kitchen scheme. Even the biggest of spaces can disappoint if the lighting is not planned well. Choose LED under-cabinet lights to eliminate shadows and illuminate countertops. And don’t forget those festive string lights for added ambience – it’s the season to be festive after all!
Thank you for reading this week’s post and we hope you’re feeling ready for Christmas. Whether you’d like a kitchen extension or a layout change, hopefully, this article has been a great help. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss plans to update your kitchen and remember, kitchen extensions are not just for Christmas, they can be enjoyed all-year-round too. Thanks again and a very Merry Christmas from all at Kluk Construction!