Question: We own a holiday house in France, which we rent out occasionally. How can we make its small kitchen feel bigger while keeping it easy to clean?
Answer: To make a small kitchen feel spacious, use white cupboards with clean lines and no handles, so it blends into the wall and reflects the daylight around the room. Reflective glass splashbacks can be another way to increase the perception of space. Patterned floors can also make the proportions of a room seem bigger. Use sealed cement tiles, with a bespoke or standard pattern. They improve with age as they take on a patina, they don't show dirt and also work well with underfloor heating.
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Peter Morris is an architect and interior designer and a director of Peter Morris Architects, which specialises in modern, innovative and practical designs (petermorrisarchitects.com).