Utilize lighter finishes on walls and cabinetry. One of my favorites is to include upper cabinetry with glass doors and mullions to provide a larger, more open feel. If you’re limited on the number of wall cabinets, opt for the mullion door with a mirror instead of glass. You can store things such as peanut butter behind the mirror and the reflection of the mirror will make the room feel larger and more open.
– Becky Worley, Classic Cabinetry
Creating an open concept kitchen will help to enlarge the look and feel. Stick with one level on bars and islands, as two levels break your line of sight and make things look smaller. Use light colors when choosing your cabinets, countertops, tile, and backsplash materials.
– Jennifer Bragg, Webco Inc.
Be sure to include layers of light, on dimmers where possible. Under cabinet lighting will highlight all that countertop space you fought for, recessed can lighting will provide general illumination, and interior lighting in glass-front cabinets or a well-placed lamp will provide visual interest.
– Juliet Braly, NCIDQ, Juliet Braly Interior Design