Nowadays there are many ways to cost-effectively update a tired kitchen. You could resurface cupboard doors or install a new benchtop. Replacing handles and tap fittings will give your kitchen a fresh look for a small price.
When it comes time to list your property for sale, these relatively minor updates could add thousands to your sale price.
However, there is one thing buyers want in a kitchen that is less easy for you to fix – the size of the space.
You may be able to undertake an extensive expansion and install a new kitchen, but that will require a substantial investment of both time and money.
So, what can you do if the property you’re selling has a small kitchen, but you don’t have the time or the budget for major renovations?
Here are a few hacks that you can easily implement that will help make your kitchen appear bigger:
Let there be light
Do whatever you can to make the kitchen seem brighter. Start by removing curtains and blinds from windows. While you’re at it, make sure the windows are spotlessly clean.
If there are large bushes or trees outside the windows blocking the sunlight, give them a good pruning.
Add a large mirror to the wall opposite the window to help light bounce around. You may even consider mirrored splash-backs, but be warned these can be notoriously difficult to keep clean and streak-free.
Lastly, you should swap out old light fittings and replace them with bright LED lighting. This will instantly brighten the room and make it feel more spacious. Adding a couple of pendant lights above an island bench, or LED strip lighting to the underside of upper cabinets, will add both brightness and interest to the room.
A fresh lick of paint
Repainting can work wonders for any room! In particular, painting your kitchen can instantly make it feel bigger.
The key to using paint as an optical illusion in your kitchen is to stick to one colour, although you can use various shades of the same colour to keep the room visually interesting.
For example, if your kitchen benchtops are grey, using different shades of grey on the walls and cupboard doors will help the room appear bigger. However, if you use contrasting colours above and below the benchtops, the room will appear visually disconnected and will therefore appear smaller.
Crack open those cupboard doors
Too many upper cabinet doors may be making your kitchen feel closed in. Try removing some of the cabinet doors and just have open shelving. Open shelving will give your kitchen a more casual feeling.
If open cupboards don’t appeal to you, try swapping a few wooden cabinet doors with glass doors. This will give a more formal look than open shelving, but still helps make the room feel larger. The glass-fronted doors will help bounce light around, and allow for visual interest without making the room feel closed-in.
Clear the clutter
Your biggest enemy when it comes to making the kitchen feel bigger is clutter.
Knick-knacks on shelves. Bric-a-brac above cupboards. Benchtops so cluttered you barely have room to prepare food. It all needs to be cleared out!
Prospective home buyers need to be able to visualise themselves living in your space. This is impossible if your kitchen is filled with your family mementos and souvenirs.
With too much clutter in a small space, the room can feel oppressive. By ensuring bench space is kept clear, buyers will feel like there is ample space for them to prepare meals.
Make use of clever storage solutions
If your kitchen is short on storage space, buy some clever storage solutions. This allows buyers to visualise how they can maximise the use of space.
A great way to do this is with a mobile kitchen trolley. Usually set on wheels, they are often made up of two or three open shelves with a wooden chopping block on top. These units provide additional storage space for appliances, pots and pans, or grocery items. The wooden chopping block on top provides additional food preparation space. As they are on caster wheels, moving them out of the way when not in use means they don’t take up much valuable space.
By implementing these simple hacks, you can make your small kitchen feel larger to prospective buyers without going to all the expense of expanding the space and installing a brand-new kitchen.
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