Sometimes, you’ve just got to work with you’ve got. While you may dream of having the largest kitchen known to man, maybe there’s just not enough space in your home to make it happen. That’s fine, though! When it comes to kitchens, bigger isn’t always necessarily better. In fact, bigger kitchens often create more problems for homeowners than they solve.
In truth, even the smallest kitchen can become a dream kitchen if you apply the right design principles. That’s why we’ve decided to put this helpful kitchen design guide together. In it, we’re going to share 25 time-tested tips for designing a small kitchen that you can really enjoy. We’re going to cover everything from choosing the right colors for your walls and cabinets to picking a kitchen island.
Honestly, we think you’ll come to the same conclusion we have by the end of this guide. Small kitchens can be awesome! So, come check out these extremely helpful design tips. And, even if you don’t need the tips, it never hurts to look at what other people are doing with their small kitchens! Maybe you’ll get the spark of inspiration yourself.
Rather than using wall cabinets in a small kitchen design, you can use shelves. This helps to preserve a sense of space.
However, if you do want to have wall cabinets in your small kitchen, then consider using glass-front cabinets to achieve the same effect.
Island Open Concept
If you’re going to build an L-shaped kitchen into an open-concept living space, then including an island is a virtual must!
If you have blank space next to appliances, then these can be great areas to include shelves for additional storage.
In some cases, small kitchens can become dark and dingy. This can be fixed with both in-cabinet and under-cabinet lighting.
Notice how close the sink is to the range in this small kitchen. This makes prep work far easier in such a space.
Including a built-in wall bench like this can make your small kitchen are far comfier place to be in.
Another way that a sense of brightness can be preserved in a small kitchen design is through the ample use of white.
In a small kitchen, you want to include multi-functional elements. Take this counter space that doubles as a kitchen table as an example.
Here, you have a small line kitchen that includes an island. Note how the island provides a counter for prep and a counter for seating.
A glorious level of charm can be achieved by including multiple colors in the design of your small kitchen.
Pack It In
Notice how this small kitchen design includes a number of different features in a very confined space. It’s quite elegant!
Remember as you’re designing a small kitchen in an open-concept space that you can get mileage out of your counter fronts.
If you want your small kitchen to appear larger than it is, then you may wish to consider using narrow cabinets like you see here.
A floating island (or table) can work wonders in a smaller kitchen, providing extra counter space when necessary and moving to the side when not.
In a small kitchen space, brightly colored décor pieces can really help to lighten up the vibe.
If you don’t want to go as large as a table, a roll around cart can be an excellent inclusion for a small kitchen design.
When you’re small kitchen is a room to itself, you can install cabinets over the doorway for additional storage.
Island of Possibilities
Check out the island in this small kitchen design. Note how it’s able to provide the space with a number of different things, from storage to seating.
If you want seating in your exceptionally small kitchen, you can install counters like these along the wall. It’s tight, but it’s charming.
Note how the mirrored back of the wall shelves in this small kitchen completely alters the sense of space in the room.
If you’re inclined to use dark cabinets in your small kitchen design, then be sure to add splashes of color elsewhere.
This small kitchen gets pretty much everything right, especially through the use of glass-front cabinets, like we mentioned earlier.
One color that can work wonders for a smaller kitchen is a light or pastel yellow. Note how it transforms this space entirely.
Small kitchens can be tough to design, but as long as you’re inflecting your design with your own personality, you should get something you love.
Simple White Line
This small and compact line kitchen is also quite beautiful thanks to the detailing of the cabinetry and the subway tiles used for the backsplash.
Lighting and Flooring
Though constrained in terms of space, the lighting really helps to bring out the beautiful floors of this small kitchen, making the whole space seem grander.
No Wall Cabinets
If you want to preserve a sense of openness and space within a small kitchen, you may wish to consider forgoing wall cabinets.
When designing a small kitchen, consider using bright colors, as this will definitely increase the charm factor of the space.
Another way that one can increase the sense of space within a small kitchen is to include a number of glass-front wall cabinets.
The classic feel of this gorgeous small white kitchen is definitely aided by the smart inclusion of floating shelves.
Small kitchens don’t need to be boring kitchens! Check out the wonderful contrast between the brown wood cabinets and the aqua-marine tile backsplash here.
The Floating Island
Remember that you can always increase the available counter space in a small kitchen by including a slim-profile floating island.
Under Shelf Hanging
You can more efficiently use the space of a small kitchen if you can include places where commonly used items can be hung, either under shelves or under cabinets.
The U-Shaped Kitchen
In terms of maximizing space with cabinetry and countertops, the U-shape design is definitely ideal for a small kitchen.
Often, having a small kitchen means having a dark kitchen. By including under-cabinet lighting, though, this problem can be ameliorated.
Going Up Tall
Never forget that when you’re designing a small kitchen, what you might lack in floor space can be made up for in terms of vertical space.
Typically contemporary styling is associated with larger, luxury kitchens. However, the same design choices can be made with a small kitchen to great effect.
For a small kitchen in an open-concept home, an L-shaped island can increase work space while also preserving floor space.
Those who want to have a farmhouse style for their small kitchen will find plenty of charming inspiration in this tremendous kitchen design.
Open-Concept Small Kitchen Island
When you’re really limited in terms of space within an open-concept home, you can get a lot of mileage out of including an island in your small kitchen’s design.
The Corner Fireplace
Check out how much warmth and invitingness the corner fireplace provides for this efficient small-kitchen design.
Within a small kitchen environment, remember that coordinating colors (with the actual kitchen elements and your kitchen appliances, cookware, plates, cups, etc.) is vitally important. That’s how harmony of design is achieved!
The Smart L
When you’ve got limited space to work with in an open-concept home, a simple L-shaped kitchen like this can work wonders.
Clean and Tidy
Even though it’s small, you’ve got to love the luxurious feel of this clean and tidy all-white kitchen design.
A layout like this within a smaller home can provide you a functional kitchen space that also offers the chance for entertaining.
The small exposed shelves next to the kitchen in this small kitchen are such a smart design choice.
Materials Add Spark
We love the excellent use of rich wood surfaces in this small kitchen; they make the space feel so much grander.
That One Choice
To really make a statement with a small kitchen design, you might wish to do something bold – like the orange cabinets here.
When you have a small kitchen, remember that you’re going to get a lot of mileage out of the backsplash you choose.
Even though space is at a premium here, some unique solutions make this design more functional than it has any right to be.
You’ve got to love the beautiful rustic styling employed in this small but efficient galley kitchen.
A floating island can give you plenty of choice within a small kitchen space. And they look beautiful too!
In order to keep a small kitchen from feeling too hemmed in, you may wish to go sleeker and more minimal with your cabinetry.
Cozy Breakfast Nook
This wonderful small kitchen design proves that even a tiny kitchen can find a way to incorporate a breakfast nook.
In terms of creating that special look for a small kitchen design, your choice of flooring is going to go a long way.
Getting Some Color
Small kitchens can obviously feel closed in, which is why you may wish to consider going with a bright color scheme.
Doing some interesting things with lighting inside of a small kitchen design can be a smart styling choice.
Hang ‘Em High
Not only does hanging your pots and pans increase storage space, it also adds some character to a small kitchen design.
Some vibrant and eye-catching patterns can really help to elevate a small kitchen’s interior design to the next level.
While you may not like the color of the cabinets here, there’s no denying that the bold choice does some wonders for the space.
Those with a yen for contemporary styling will love what this small kitchen does with geometric shapes.
Find Your Style
Small kitchens can be every bit as bold and beautiful as larger kitchens; you just need to find your style.
This wonderful small kitchen uses inventive lighting to achieve its visual appeal. Also, check out that washer and dryer! Anything is possible.
A number of different materials come together in the design of this small kitchen to give the space a visual vibrancy that’s hard to ignore.
Line ‘Em Up
To maximize the space available in this open-concept living space, this kitchen has been designed in a line, with one countertop functioning as a divider.
Combined with the white cabinets, this small kitchen achieves a cheerful look thanks to yellow and blue tiles on the wall.
If you want a small kitchen that has a “home” vibe to it, then strongly consider white cabinets with wood countertops.
Note how this kitchen appears much larger than it actually is thanks to the multi-function island. This amazing design was done by Ann Stockard. Check out the website here: www.NormandyRemodeling.com
Not how the subtle use of bright colors really helps to increase the vibrancy of this small kitchen design.
Given the high ceiling in this open-concept space, this small kitchen builds upward rather than outward to preserve space elsewhere.
In this open-concept space, there’s a blank area beneath the countertop, which preserves the openness of the small kitchen while providing additional work area.
As with any other room in your home, you want a piece that’s a conversation starter. Here, it’s the light fixture overhead.
There’s a unique charm to this small kitchen design, and it’s thanks to the opposing red and grey cabinets.
Using black cabinets and white marble countertops, this small kitchen gains even more spark through the detailing on the walls.
Hey. If you have a colorful personality, then why wouldn’t you choose to have a colorfully designed small kitchen?
In a small kitchen design, you can achieve extra storage by installing an over-island rack.
The black cabinets and white marble of this small kitchen design play tricks on your eyeballs.
With white cabinets and colorful accents, this amazing small kitchen design has an inviting atmosphere.
Getting The Most
With an island extending into the room, the layout of the cabinets for this small kitchen gets the most possible.
You can get a professional vibe even in a small kitchen if you use an abundance of metallic surfaces.
With enough ornate details, even the smallest kitchen can hang in there with the largest, most luxurious ones.
A unique way to tackle a small kitchen in an open concept space is to have your kitchen be all island.
Grab A Seat
If you’re incredibly smart with your layout, you can find a way to incorporate a seating area in your small kitchen design.
What You’re Given
If you find creative ways of working with the space that’s given to you for your kitchen, you can accomplish amazing things.