There’s a phrase that’s common to most, that the kitchen is indeed the heart of the home. For some of us, a kitchen signifies a place where people gather to feel a sense of relaxation and calmness. If a rental home’s kitchen is small, cramped, or unattractive, it can put the landlord’s ability to keep the property occupied in bad light. Increasing square footage is usually out of the question; however, Rigby property owners can take advantage of design principles, giving the small kitchen a bigger and more attractive look and feel to it.
One of the top strategies for making a space look bigger is to select light, coordinating colors. Design experts agree on a white on the white color scheme. White naturally reflects light, giving it a more spacious appearance. If white is not your primary choice for your rental home, try painting the walls and ceiling in a neutral shade that matches the floor. The idea is to have color uniformity, making the area look bigger than what it really is.
One more critical design principle is to make use of proper lighting. A dark kitchen will feel tiny and dreary. In the process of making the most out of your space, try going beyond the usual single light on the ceiling. Place additional lighting under, inside, and above cabinets. In case the kitchen has windows, hang sheer (or maybe even none at all) to use natural light to your advantage.
To expand the influence of lighting, even more, consider including shiny surfaces where feasible. Stainless steel appliances, glass shelving, shiny tile, and other bits can add a sense of depth and space to a small room. Consider replacing the upper cabinet doors with glass doors. Or, for an even more dramatic look, try open shelving. This is a favorite choice for many small kitchens because cabinets can make a small space feel congested.
Other points that crowd a small space are big or massive elements such as large kitchen islands. Alternatively, opt for narrow profiles and slim widths in the architecture. Many kitchen islands are now designed specifically for narrow spaces, keeping the right amount of counter space while omitting the bulky cabinets underneath.
Creating a sense of spaciousness in a small room can be a challenge, but we at Real Property Management Southeast Idaho are here to help. We have contacts with trusted industry professionals who can help you make your Rigby rental home the kind of place that renters will love. Contact us or call us at 208-423-1212 for more information.