Interior Insights: Vinyl Wrapping Small Kitchens

Louise Wynne, owner of Wildkind Interiors, offers valuable design advice for those wrapping small kitchens.


I’m super happy to have been asked back a second time to add the all-important, interior design angle to Vinyl Pros! This month, we’re talking small kitchen spaces.

We live on a tiny island where space is a premium and so this is a topic that’s relevant to lots of folks. But small doesn’t have to mean boring. Or unimpressive!

Small things come in beautiful packages and I’m here to show you how you can achieve awesome results for your clients – even if they do have kitchens that are compact and ‘bijou’ (that’s Estate Agent speak for tiny).  


Come into the light!

This is the first, and quite frankly the most obvious of my tips. I won’t win any prizes for originality here, but it’s important to point out the basics. Use pale colours to create a feeling of space! (No sh*t, Sherlock). 

Bear with me here…

By painting the kitchen walls pale, and introducing pale worktops and cabinets, more light will be reflected around the room, and voila! Move over Derren Brown, you have just created an illusion – the illusion of space.

Dark colours absorb light, and the darker it is, the less the light is reflected. And so of course, light colours reflect light and bounce it around the room.  


If your client is redecorating the whole kitchen, suggest that they paint the walls in the same pale shade as your wrap (or as similar a tone as possible). And include the ceiling too. This will blur any edges and corners and trick the eye into thinking the space is bigger than it is (another Derren Brown trick).

Layering Colour and Texture:

The challenge here, and this is where you can get creative, is to layer those pale colours for a more luxurious and expensive feel. 


Rather than sticking to one or two colours, introduce between three to five that work well together. Bonus points for layering both colour and texture throughout to create warmth and interest.

So what am I talking about here? In a nutshell, light doesn’t just mean white and I want to demonstrate this by using several different finishes.

Try Cover Styl’ NE78 as the base units with RM13 as the wall units. Then, to pull the 2 solid colours together, suggest W9 as the worktop and splashback combined. Lush!

Or how about a mix of NF19 with M7 & MK18. The different textures would look stunning in a small space. For added authenticity just throw in the name ‘Kelly Hoppen’ or say something like ‘Scandi meets Luxe’ and your clients will be bamboozled by both your skills and your knowledge.

Bold Colour

If your client is definitely set on using colour with a bit more punch, a good trick is to wrap the base units in a stronger colour, and the wall units in a paler one. That way the units at eye line will be best placed to reflect the light and open up the space and those at the base level will feel grounding. Clever eh? I didn’t even invent that, it’s just a fact.

You could suggest a classic combo like white and dark blue. You can’t go far wrong with this as it will never date, and blue is the world’s most favourite colour so you’re probably onto a winner if you throw out this pairing.

Or if you read my article last month, you’ll know that green is so easy to live with. Pairing green with white in a kitchen creates a calm, fresh combination.

For a forest green dream, use NF13 at the base, and NE78 on the walls. The paler grey colour has a green undertone and so the two sit together very happily.

Choose reflective surfaces.

Try a stainless steel finish like an LX Hausys RP04 as both a worktop and a splashback. Not only is this highly reflective, but using the same finish for both will create an uber streamlined look.

It’s also well ‘cheffy’ for clients who love to show off their cookery skills! 


Some of my favourite Cover Styl’ finishes are at the front of the fan deck and are all pretty reflective. I would LOVE to hear you tell me you’ve used AL09 with MK18. I need to see this.

Other design options.

I’ve thrown these little tips and tricks in FOC so you can wow your clients with extra knowledge.

* Remove cupboard handles and use push/click catches for a super slick appearance. 

* Lighting: there are lots of clever options that can make a small kitchen feel warmer and more welcoming, such as LED strip lighting under cabinets or glass pendants, which are so effective for reflecting even more light.

* Use mirrors. I love this one, it’s a winner in a small space. Especially great if you have clients who like nothing better than checking themselves out in the mirror.

How about a mirrored splashback? Smoky antique mirrors are particularly stunning in the right setting.

As well as the mirrored splashback idea, you could suggest mirroring a wall in the dining area of the kitchen, to instantly double the size of the zone.

* High Gloss Paint: it’s not just for woodwork. Suggest high gloss finishes on the walls if they’re redecorating, to reflect the light on a bigger scale.

So in summary, to help a small kitchen feel bigger:

1. Keep colours pale
2. Use a few colours of the same tone to add interest
3. Pop a bit of texture in for warmth
4. And don’t forget reflective surfaces too 

These tips will all help to achieve a streamlined appearance. And the more streamlined you can make the kitchen, the bigger the space will feel, and the happier your clients will be. 


So, go forth my vinyl wrapping heroes, and get familiar with these tricks of the interior design trade. I can’t wait to hear how you’re saving unwanted cabinetry from landfill and helping your clients with their spacially challenged kitchens!


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