A small kitchen does not mean the quality and craftsmanship needs to suffer. Working with a smaller surface area simply demands more innovative thinking and design flare. Not to mention smaller kitchen-friendly products available at PWS.

Alongside this, there are several simple tricks to make a room feel bigger to the customer; manipulating light, choosing specific colours and drawing focus to certain points in the room to name a few.

To help inspire your future designs, here 3 simple tips and tricks to making a small kitchen feel bigger.

Firstly, plan ahead…

Small kitchens can be difficult to design as having a reduced area to work with can pose limitations. As a result, small kitchen layouts need to be diligently planned to ensure every inch of the room is utilised to maximise the space available. 


Depending on the space available, there are particular layouts that can make a room feel bigger and more spacious.
For example, streamlined units are perfect for narrow, galley kitchens as they direct the eyes to the end of the kitchen and instil a sense of spaciousness. A box room with cupboards across all four walls can feel small and closed in, so instead, opt for an L-Shaped kitchen with cupboards along two walls which encourages a flow of movement around the room.

De-Clutter with Hidden Storage

Incorporating built-in storage systems that can place items out of sight is a simple yet highly effective way of making a kitchen seem more open. Worksurfaces that are littered with pots of coffee, cooking oils and tea towels, can seem cluttered and reduce how open the space feels. Our 150mm Base Unit Pill Outs are the perfect under storage for these everyday items that take up valuable surface space.


At PWS, we have a wide range of solutions that can optimise the storage space within cupboards, such as, the Kesseböhmer Lemans: a pull-out tray that swings out of a corner cabinet in one swift and smooth motion. Thus, making use of the full space in a corner cabinet, including the very back corner which is commonly forgotten about.

Check out our full storage offering here.

Use a Light-Enhancing Colour Palette

Light or pale colours reflect light around the room which is a great way of expanding the space visually. This doesn’t have to necessarily just be white! At PWS we have a palette of 35 different colours to choose from. Instead of white, try Dry Rose, Ives Blue, Sage Green or Dove Grey. For customers who are set on deeper colour cabinet doors, balance darker shades with light countertops!


Lighting is often left as an afterthought in a kitchen design, however in a smaller kitchen it is crucial to get it right. For more guidance on lighting usage, you can log in and request a Free Lighting Design Service as part of your account package.

Another way of manipulating light is using reflective surfaces. This can be applied on a smaller scale with accessories such as mirrors or trays. However, it can also be done through the kitchen design.

At PWS, we offer a feature range of glazed doors that add a sophisticated accent to cabinet doors whilst opening the space. Available in a choice of Bronze, Black and the latest addition, Black Fluted.

You can find out more about our Featured Glazed Doors here.