Maximizing daylight is one of the most simple yet effective things you can do to transform your kitchen. While your space will feel optimistic and brighter, it will also feel more welcoming and, perhaps most importantly, it will feel bigger too. The more light, the larger the kitchen will feel, so it's important to accentuate the kitchen's organic assets and drench the space in as much sunlight as possible.
See: Kitchen ideas – decor and decorating ideas for all kitchens
No matter the size of your kitchen, it is only inevitable to want to create the illusion of more space – but is it really possible to achieve this through color? According to the experts, it is more than possible.
Here, the figures at the top of the kitchen and color industries share the shades we need to emphasize daylight and make the space feel larger and sunnier, just in time for the mid-summer months ahead.
How can we maximize daylight in our kitchen?
Kitchen designer Tom Howley (opens in new tab), Design Director at the eponymous kitchen company, suggests using neutral colors, including 'lighter wood finishes and paint colors' that 'work well to expand the perceived space of [our] kitchen.'
'Pair light tones with very light-colored countertops, and your kitchen will look spacious and airy. If you do decide on floor-to-ceiling cabinets, these should only be fitted with glass door display cabinets. This will open up the space in a way that opaque cabinetry will not in a smaller kitchen,' Tom explains.
See: Kitchen lighting ideas – to set the scene for cooking, eating and entertaining
'Soft shades of warm whites and earthy beige work well on their own but even better when used in a two-tone scheme. If you're using lighter colors to enhance your space, then try painting your walls in the same shade; this will focus your eye on the whole area, allowing it to feel larger and lighter,' he adds.
Do the color experts agree?
Before we all reach for the paintbrush, we caught up with some of our most-trusted color experts, who also shared their thoughts about neutral kitchens, and whether we should give up the green craze just yet.
See: How to plan kitchen lighting – create a scheme in sync with your routine
'The kitchen is often the heart of the family home. To make the most of a compact kitchen, you may want to use paint colors that give the illusion of space and light. Pale walls and floors give this illusion, but use accent colors so that your finished look isn't bland or clinical,' recommends Little Greene's (opens in new tab) Creative Director, Ruth Mottershead.
Similarly, the UK Director at Benjamin Moore (opens in new tab), Helen Shaw, also suggests that neutrals are 'essential' in kitchens as they 'can be used in combination with a huge range of saturation and tones.'
'Perfect for being used as the sole wall color to create a versatile base for a decorating scheme, layer brighter accessories and textured furniture to add depth,' Helen adds.
Colour and Paint Expert Annie Sloan (opens in new tab) equally notes that a neutral scheme is 'guaranteed to look chic and it can help create the illusion of a kitchen being lighter, brighter and larger.'
Kitchen painting tips (opens in new tab) for a bigger, brighter, and chicer space? We only wish we had celebrated the versatility of neutral-colored kitchens sooner.
Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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