In a small kitchen, creating the illusion of space is just as important as having a functional workspace. Here are the top tips from Hong Kong designers: Vertical or horizontal lines Horizontal lines are important for the illusion of length, and vertical lines for the feeling of height. Cabinets without handles look less cluttered, and the long lines of the grooves help to lengthen the kitchen. Consistent materials The fewer materials used the better. Maintain consistency of the flooring throughout the apartment. Also use the same material for the countertop and backsplash but make sure they are practical and hard-wearing. Clutter Mess makes spaces feel smaller, so have enough storage space to put things away or dispose of your junk. Colour Lighter shaded cabinets and walls make the space feel bigger. Reflective surfaces High-gloss lacquer cabinets and glossy countertops reflect light and brighten the area. Mirrors and glass also reflect and create depth. Try placing a mirror on the wall opposite the cabinets - the reflection gives an illusion of having double the cabinetry. Clear glass cabinet doors are also great for storing wine glasses, plates, or anything that is nice to look at.