How to make a small kitchen feel large with tiles

You may have a kitchen the size of a small cupboard, but a space of any size can feel roomy if you know a few tricks, such as sticking to white cabinets and walls and limiting the amount of busy pattern in a room. When it comes to creating the illusion of a bigger space, the right choice of wall and floor tiles can make all the difference.

How to make a small kitchen feel large with tiles

Large format tiles

The principle is that the smaller the tile, the more grout lines you have, which ultimately increases how busy the design looks. So, the first thing to consider is large format floor tiles like the Downtown or West End. These large tiles trick the eye and make a room look bigger because there are fewer grout lines that look less cluttered and make the room feel more seamless. Maximise this trick of the eye with a complementary or matching coloured grout, rather than a contrasting one, as this will help grout lines blend in with the tiles rather than frame them.

Pale tiles

Paler shades of tile, whether on the wall or the floor will reflect light and soften those corners and edges, which has the effect of visually opening up the space. Darker tones absorb light and bring those corners closer, which will make the room feel smaller.

Glossy tiles

The more light there is in a room, the more spacious it will feel so choose glazed tiles or those with a glossy finish like the wall tiles in our Pacific range or the Roubaix range. These tiles will bounce light around, making the room feel larger, whereas matt tiles absorb the light.

Simple, plain tiles

Highly patterned tiles tend to dominate a room because the eye is drawn to the busy-ness of the pattern. Visually this also makes the room feel busy too. That’s not to say that patterned tiles are a no-no for a small room, but just stick to subtle pattern with a pale colour palette like the Bordeaux Arcachon.

Simple colour palette

Choose a simple and pale colour palette with similar tones throughout the room to make it feel larger. Lots of extreme and contrasting shades will visually ‘cut up’ the space, making it feel busy and therefore smaller. So, use matching wall and floor tiles like those in our Bayeux range or those in the Boutique range to create a harmonious design.

Simple configuration

Sticking to the principle of avoiding busy-ness, you want to go for the simplest pattern in the arrangement of your floor tiles. So avoid herringbone or other busy looking layouts and stick to simple horizontal or vertical plan. If you choose rectangular tiles, make sure they are laid length-ways down the kitchen. This will draw the eye and elongate the room.

Essentially, to maximize the spacious vibe in your kitchen you need to avoid any kind of busy feel. That means sticking to a simple, pale colour palette, and reducing the amount of grout lines by using larger tiles on both the walls and the floors. Maximise the amount of light too with very pale colours and glossy finishes throughout and you will create a light, bright spacious feel to your kitchen.

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