There are many kitchen color ideas to help make a small space look larger or reflect natural and artificial lighting. A color scheme is a great way to make small kitchens look larger. The right color for the room can also help create the warmth and coziness you want.
You’ll naturally want to choose kitchen cabinet paint colors that you will be happy with for some time to come. You may also wish to take into account the space-enhancing and decorative power of each color. A specialist finish or decorative effects are the best way to expand a smaller room visually.
What Color Cabinets Make a Kitchen Look Bigger?
While small kitchens are limited in size, they can still be stylish. With paint tips for small rooms, we have selected our favorite colors to make your kitchen appear larger.
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ELEVATE WITH YELLOW
Tom Edmonds is the design director at Lewis Alderson & Co. He says that a bold color for your kitchen can be a fun way to add some life and excitement to a pantry. Sunny tones can be used for a vibrant, happy feel.
Yellow is the color of optimism. It’s at the lighter end of the spectrum. Yellow can be both a soothing and uplifting color. It can bring us back to lazy days spent in the Mediterranean sun and brighten up a small space. The color is a perfect match for blues and teals. It also looks great with greens and reds. For a crisp, clean look, use white.
Mike Fisher, the founder of Studio Indigo, says that ‘Yellow Kitchens are great in spaces with a south-facing aspect, where they transform the air into something edible and tangible, but also add cheer on a dull, grey day.
METALLIC SURFACES ADD REFLECTIVE GLARE
This kitchen designed by DesignSpace London is cohesive thanks to the use of the same metallic color on the cabinetry and the backsplash.
Metal kitchen cabinets can make your kitchen appear larger. They can also save you paint and look good. Metals and mirror finishes can make small kitchens appear larger. But if you use one that extends the length of the kitchen, the effect is substantial.
Richard Atkins, managing director of Atkins Group, says that the metallic surfaces are made from sheet aluminum and have a patinated dust bronze finish. It is available in large sheets to avoid unsightly joints.
EXPAND WITH TRANSFORMATIVE WHITES
White is one of the most versatile colors in design. It instantly adds to the feeling of space and calmness while also enhancing its flawlessness.
Ben Hawkswell is a senior designer at Roundhouse. He says that most homeowners understand the importance of testing paint colors in situ. However, whites can be affected by light and shade to an extent beyond recognition.
Tanya Smith Shiflett is the owner of Unique Kitchens & Baths, and she has a wealth of knowledge in the art of color mixing. The three-toned design, which interior designer Alison Giese created in collaboration, brings contrast to the room while still allowing the cabinet and island to stand out. To elongate the space and make it appear larger, we selected a brighter, painted finish for the perimeter cabinets. The island was given a dramatic, enticing, and captivating finish. Tanya says that we chose a piece of furniture made from stained oak to add warmth and visual interest.
Tanya Smith-ShiflettUnique Kitchens & Baths is owned by Unique Kitchens & Baths
Tanya always believed the kitchen was the heart of the house. She is passionate about finding the perfect balance between function and beauty for rooms that we use daily. She began working part-time for her husband’s construction company while she was working full-time as a medical sales representative. She was promoted to founder of Unique Kitchens & Baths because she had an innate talent for creating beautiful kitchens.
FRESHEN UP with PALE BLUE
Mark Mills is the managing director at Mereway. He says that using pale colors to brighten up a long and narrow kitchen helps diffuse and reflect the natural light.
It would be best if you chose blues with grey or yellow undertones. Purples with red undertones tend to be moody and less upbeat. Think sky blues, soft teals, and duck eggs.
The polished countertops and backsplashes, in the same pale shades, will also reflect light and increase space. Choose dark flooring and warm white for the walls and ceilings. This graduated transition from dark to lighter is a tried and true way to square off elongated spaces.
LIGHTEN UP WITH/ PALE PINK
It may be surprising to add pink, but these shades are incredibly versatile and can visually expand any room.
Pink can be used in many shades, from the lightest confetti to darker terracotta. It can also make a kitchen look bigger and brighter.
Ruth Mottershead is the creative director of LittleGreene.
Designer Sarah Brown wanted to bring joy into her home. She used pink for the kitchen cabinets and walls. The payoff of this seamless flow of colors is worth the risk.
OPEN UP WITH GREEN
Green Kitchens, in general, is a relaxing and calming color for small spaces. It’s a color that is associated with nature and makes us feel positive. These qualities are what make a small kitchen appear larger and more open. The color is best when there’s plenty of natural lighting, but it can work well in a dark kitchen or galley.
Green is a great color to pair with white, especially if you’re looking for classic kitchen ideas. The combination of these two colors creates a clean, crisp look that is perfect for modern rustic kitchens or those with low ceilings.
ENLARGE IN BEIGE AND CREME TONES
The color beige has replaced gray for good reasons. Chenise Bhimull, interior designer for ZFC Real Estate, says that beige and similar shades reflect light, making your space appear larger.
Chinese isn’t the only one who loves beige and kitchens. Whitney Parkinson uses beige colors in many of her designs. She adds, however, that adding black or charcoal accents can make the room feel “five times larger than it is.”
She says that the beige cabinets, with their light-enhancing qualities, paired with the reflective, textured surfaces and accessories and a pop of black granite to create contrast, make the kitchen appear five times larger than it is. Pair that with light flooring, and it makes the room feel expansive.