If you’re living in a share house, a one-bedroom unit or a small cottage you probably inhabit or have experienced a kitchen or bathroom that’s a little more than a glorified cupboard. If not, you’ve hit the jackpot! Even with limited space, we’ve got a few tricks that will help make your shoebox kitchen and bathroom feel spacious:


  • Don’t overcrowd the space: choose furnishings and appliances with a small footprint. Select streamline stools, petite islands and narrow tables that don’t eat up valuable floor space and add bulk. Opt for one large benchtop rather than smaller ones throughout the kitchen.
  • Cabinets: when planning your cabinet layout “think up”. Utilising the empty space above traditional cabinets creates a feeling of grandeur and is the perfect place to store your seasonal dishes, platters and bakeware.
  • Colour: limiting the cabinets and the wall colour to a single hue erases visual boundaries that might stop the eye. A light colour palette used throughout gives it a smart, coherent look.
  • Create an illusion of space: installing under-the-counter lighting can create a sense of more space, which will not only make your kitchen appear larger but adds a touch of ambiance as well.
  • Get creative with storage: adequate storage is essential in smaller spaces. Incorporate open shelving to reduce visual weight and lend the appearance of a more expansive space. For a sleeker look, choose floating shelves.
  • Patterns: choose geometric and striped, wall prints or floors and splashbacks that draw the eye lengthwise or vertical and make the room appear longer or taller than it actually is.
  • Shiny surfaces: reflective mirrors, stainless steel, glossy floors, satin paint, glass tiles and sleek cabinets further accentuate the lighting in your tiny kitchen and give it a lively, dynamic vibe.


  • Light: clear shower screens give the impression of extra space and light. Allow for natural light, don’t block windows with heavy blinds.
  • Mirrors: a great way to add depth, width and length to a small room. Mirrors can also help distribute light through a room, making it appear brighter.
  • Colour: keep it simple in a small place. Light coloured walls, floors and décor can make a room seem larger. Opt for pastel tones, neutrals or whites.
  • De-clutter: clutter will make a bathroom feel cramped and smaller than it actually is. Instead of storing your beauty items on the vanity, hide them in the cabinet.
  • Recess shelving: the more streamlined the storage, the more visually appealing your bathroom. Recessed shelves put unused space to work and don’t take up valuable floor real estate.

Are you renovating your kitchen or bathroom? Know someone who is? Why not share this information with them and give Granite Transformations a call!

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