Michelle Ogundehin’s unconventional design tip will accentuate the size of a small kitchen

The interiors expert has the secret to a spacious scheme – with a supernatural twist

Pink and gray kitchen designed by Little Greene
(Image credit: Little Greene)

Synonymous with beautiful interiors, design guru Michelle Ogundehin has picked up a host of ingenious tips whilst immersed in the industry. However, some pieces of advice remain slightly more unconventional than others – and her latest tip falls into this category. 

Sharing her modern kitchen ideas in an exclusive interview with Livingetc, Michelle revealed her most audacious design secret – that will create the illusion of space – and add a supernatural sense of mystery to your room.

So, while her tip may be unorthodox, it has unrivaled benefits in terms of size and style. Here, Michelle tempts you to go through the looking glass...

Annie Sloan kitchen diner

(Image credit: Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan in Antibes Green)

Michelle Ogundehin’s most unconventional design tip:

‘I just love a mirrored plinth – the area at the bottom of the unit that covers the leg. I wanted to bring one into my kitchen – and I’ve seen it done elsewhere,’ Michelle says. 

But why go mirrored? ‘With mirrored plinths, the units appear as though they are floating. This makes the kitchen floor look bigger. And when you make the floor look bigger – the whole room looks bigger,’ she explains. 

While Michelle would recommend hanging base units in every other room (including the bathroom), she explains that you can’t easily hang base units in a small kitchen – and a mirrored plinth is a stylish alternative. 

Mirrored plinth by Magnet

(Image credit: Magnet)

‘You get the same effect in a kitchen if you can mirror the plinth,’ Michelle says in the discussion of her small kitchen ideas. Plus, aside from a mirrored plinth’s mythical qualities, Michelle reinforces their space-enhancing benefits that can make any sized space feel larger. 

‘Because it reflects the floor, the floor feels bigger. It is very subtle, but it does have that effect,’ she says. 

Monochromatic kitchen

(Image credit: De'Longhi)

And, with the question of small kitchen already addressed, Michelle continued sharing her modern interior design tips – and how each item in your kitchen should serve a purpose. She suggests beginning with her curated list of ten items within the Ballerina collection. You can discover more via the De’Longhi website here.  

Megan Slack

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team.

Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US whilst studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site.

Megan currently lives in London, where she relocated from her hometown in Yorkshire. In her home, she experiments with interior design trends and draws inspiration from the home decor ideas she observes in her everyday work life. Her favorite pieces include her antique typewriter and her expansive collection of houseplants. When she isn’t writing, she is browsing London’s coffee shops and bookstores to add to her ever-growing library, taking over the open shelving in her apartment.