To create the illusion of space, connect the power of cool bright colours. As a rule, cool colours like pearly white and dove grey will visually enlarge a room, while dark colours create an intimate mood. Low ceiling? Choose a colour with a couple of colours lighter than your walls to create a vertically extended, flowing look. Narrow space? Use a darker colour on shorter walls and a light colour on longer walls to make a narrow kitchen seem wider.
Small spaces also love bright colours. Not only do they trick the eye into seeing a larger space, a wash of colour throughout your kitchen is a perfect way to stir cooking creativity. Paint a doorway or space between shelves with a ‘snap’ of bright colour to draw the eye away from restricted areas.