The Kitchen was first on the agenda... whilst we couldn't increase it's size we could certainly give the illusion of space by changing a few small things and being clever with storage solutions.
Firstly, we integrated some of our ugly appliances such as the dishwasher, fridge and bins. Before we had the bin on full view (not the nicest thing to see in an open plan kitchen & living room) so we hid the bin within a cupboard.
Next we integrated the dishwasher and fridge-freezer. Having too many different surfaces, colours and textures in a small space can make it feel cramped and busy. So streamlining your cabinets ensuring all your doors match in a small space will give you a nice clean spacious feel.
When integrating appliances in an existing kitchen this can be tricky. You'll have to match you existing door style/colour to the new ones, we were lucky that initially we chose a plain white kitchen initially and it was only 5 years old so we didn't find this too hard.
And finally, the splash-back! Our choice of tiles when we built the house were soft greens and teals in very small rectangle mosaic pattern. Again these colours and tile size was not ideally for the small space we had. We updated the tiles with plain with subway tiles and gunmetal grey grout and added a few small touches such as tap-ware, shelving and colour coordinated containers and the transformation was complete.
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