7 Things Making Your Kitchen Feel
So Much Smaller, According to Real Estate Agents


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If you want your kitchen to look and feel bigger, you probably don’t need to commit to a full-on reno. Here are 7 simple mistakes that real estate agents say may be making your kitchen seem more cramped than it is — and how to fix them.

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Cluttered countertops

Too many gadgets, plus a bunch of cookbooks, can quickly clutter your countertops and make your space feel small. If you’re not using small appliances on a daily basis, and you’ve got the cupboard space, stash them away.

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Too much artwork 

Decluttering your wall space can also open up your kitchen. Curate your art to one scalable or large print to draw the eye to one place. 

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Hanging pots and pans 

When pots and pans are hanging from center islands, it makes the whole space feel smaller. If you don’t have ample storage space, find a more streamlined solution for where to place them.

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Dim lighting 

Natural and bright lights will make the space feel more open and airy than dimmed lights. Heavy, dark curtains can also overwhelm a kitchen so let that natural light in.

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A cramped layout

If it’s impossible to maneuver around a dishwasher or oven when it’s opened, the kitchen plan isn’t just cramped but also inefficient and dangerous.

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Dark cabinets

Replacing solid cabinet doors with glass-front doors can add visual depth, tricking the eye into thinking the kitchen is more spacious.

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A busy backsplash

While backsplashes are on trend, the busy ones don’t usually make sense in smaller kitchens. A classic white subway tile, on the other hand, works well in a smaller kitchen.

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