Face Your Kitchen
Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

3 ways to grow your kitchen space without remodeling

by Karl Fendelander
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

More than most other rooms in your home, your kitchen can really affect your mood. It's where you start your day and cook your meals. It's where guests congregate at parties -- whether you'd like them to or not. A dark, cramped kitchen seems more appropriate for huddled hibernation than creative meal preparation or festive congregation, but a complete remodel isn't always an option. This is where clever cabinet refacing comes in.

3 ways to grow your kitchen space

Everyone uses the kitchen, and every kitchen starts off, a little differently. Take the ideas below and apply them to your kitchen and your wants and needs.

  1. Open up. Cabinet doors do more than hide clutter. They push your walls in, looming over your kitchen and making things feel cramped -- and when they're open, they eat up even more space. But there's good news! With careful organization, you can pretty much do without them. This open design might not be possible for all of your cabinets, but it only takes a few in the right places to give the feeling of a much larger kitchen because of the visible back wall, which can be painted to match the rest of your kitchen for that open look. You can get a similar look by replacing solid cupboard doors with glass ones, which draw the eye past the frame to the back wall almost as effectively as no door at all.
  2. Lighten up. From wood grain to wall paint, accents to appliances, the colors in your kitchen make a big difference when it comes to the way the space feels. Dark colors eat up visual space like no other, and in small kitchens they need to go -- plain and simple. Another, lesser-known space-eater is high-contrast. Rather than letting the eye glide around the room, highly contrasting colors break things up and make an already bustling kitchen feel far too busy. Choose light colors that blend well together, and add flow to your space.
  3. Brighten up. Just like dark colors, dark corners, nooks and crannies can really make things feel tight. Thanks to LED lights, these days you can sneak a light in pretty much anywhere. Under-cabinet lights brighten up your counter-top workspace -- and the light is more even than easily blocked overhead lighting. If you've got glass-front or no-front cabinets, a little light inside makes things feel brighter still.

Take a good look around your kitchen, and see how you can put these principles to work to make your space feel larger. You can find a bonded, licensed and insured contractor* through this site for the more involved improvements like wiring lights -- and to get a professional opinion on your upgrade ideas.

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About the Author
Karl Fendelander cut his teeth on web writing in the late nineties and has been plugged in to the newest technology and tuned in to the latest trends ever since. With an eye for design and an ear for language, Karl has created content and managed digital media for startups and established companies alike. When he unplugs, Karl can be found biking about town and hiking and climbing throughout the West.

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