Want your kitchen to wow anyone who enters? Bring out the best in your kitchen with these simple tips:

Bigger is Better

Wish your kitchen were larger? Fake it with continuous colours and materials. Smooth, sleek surfaces and light, natural tones applied everywhere create a sense of space in smaller kitchens.

It’s the Little Things

All kitchens need cabinetry, work surfaces, sinks and appliances, but the nonessentials are what will make yours unique: Think pullout spice drawers for the home cook; a tablet holder for the techie; a built-in espresso machine for the coffee addict.

And then there’s the wow factor, often introduced by way of a show stopping backsplash—a relatively small area that’s a high-impact zone. Get creative with materials (hand-painted tiles, glass mosaics, intricate metalwork), and make behind-the-stove artwork the focal point with fresh, understated stone or quartz countertops.

See the Light

Why install that gorgeously spidery (and expensive!) marble slab if nobody can see its veiny details? Lighting is what shows off your splurges, so don’t forget to work it into your budget. While fluorescent lighting is outdated, recessed lights, under-cabinet lights, and pendants or large over-island fixtures will never dim.

Make more room

Save yourself from the clutter and design your kitchen with clever and sleek storage spaces, like overhead and under the sink cabinets, wall mounts for spices and other handy essentials.

Allow your surface some space

There's no such thing as too much counter space. Choose a surface that's easy to work on and care for. But keep in mind that grout between tiles is hard to maintain and that stainless steel will scratch very easily.