Replace solid cabinet doors with glass ones:
Glass fronts lighten the look of cabinetry and allow the eye to travel through to the back, which helps the kitchen seem more expansive. Just don’t clutter the interiors with bric-a-brac — you’ll defeat the purpose.
Paint cabinets the same colour as the walls:
Limiting the cabinetry and the wall colour to a single hue erases visual boundaries that might stop the eye. The conventional school of thought is that pale colours will reflect light and make space feel bigger, and that’s certainly a safe approach. Deep tones such as black, navy, charcoal and chocolate recede visually and create the impression that the walls are farther back than they really are.
Choose furnishings with a small footprint:
Select petite islands, slim chairs, streamlined stools and narrow tables that don’t eat up valuable floor space. Avoid chunky furniture legs or thick bases, which add visual bulk.
Recess storage: Tuck a pantry, shelving or cabinets flush with the wall to keep from obstructing the kitchen’s flow. It’s fairly easy to retrofit a recessed niche, especially if you orient it between wall studs.
Design with clean lines: Big corbels, ornate cabinetry and fussy details can make a kitchen feel chopped up. Instead, keep the elements tailored and sleek to smooth out the look and create a roomier feel.
Merge into a larger space: This breakfast room, separated from the kitchen by a low half wall, feels like a natural extension of the cooking area.
Incorporate open shelving:
Open shelves reduce visual weight and lend the illusion of a more expansive space. For an even sleeker look, choose floating shelves over models with brackets.
Flood the space with light:
Whether your kitchen is done in pale colours or dark ones, light beaming in will help it feel as large as possible. Keep window treatments very simple, or eliminate them entirely, so as not to block the sun.