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How can I make a small kitchen look larger?

I canít really afford a big remodeling project. Is there anything I can do to open up my tiny kitchen without spending a lot of money?
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Remodeling to add square footage to your kitchen is expensive, so you might want to consider a smaller-scale project that removes a wall or portion of wall to an adjacent room. Borrowing space can bring in more light and a sense of openness without changing the layout of your kitchen.

If remodeling of any kind is not an option, a few simple visual techniques can make a big difference. The nice thing about these ideas is that they rely more on creativity than cash. Painting your kitchen walls white, for example, will make them seem to recede. If you can paint the cabinets white and add a white backsplash, that will help too.

Try to avoid patterned wallpaper and busy flooring because they make a small room feel even smaller. Go for a streamlined look instead. If you want patterns, make them big so the eye has longer lines to follow.


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