Kitchens are essential part of any home and we all want spacious and well-appointed kitchen. But with the on-going trend of micro-homes and downsizing, kitchens are also shrinking. How do you manage to maintain the same efficiency, style and organisation of large kitchens when given with much reduced spaces? Here are 50 small and efficient kitchen ideas and designs to give you styling and planning inspiration.
1. Plains and Prints
Add texture and character to an ordinary small kitchen – by playing with plains and prints. The goal is to take away the attention from the smallness of the room. You can do that by creating eye-catching features down or up. This kitchen added a mix of interesting and unmatched floor tiles and a colourful hard-to-miss wallpaper.
2. Go All White
Looking for that fresh, sun-drenched vibe? All white-on-white (in a shade with warmer undertones) never fails. This New York apartment designed by Alyssa Kapito brings in some super blonde woods to round out the classic look that feels like a breath of fresh air.
3. Lots of Windows
Add in as many windows as you can to make a small space feel less claustrophobic. A glossy finish on cabinets also helps—it bounces light back into the room.
4. NEUTRAL, MODERN KITCHEN
A modern kitchen by architect Achille Salvagni crafted for a storied Roman palazzo, combines a brass light fixture and a Venetian portrait from the 1780s.
5. Use up the Walls
Use up all available vertical space to take things off the floor and countertops. This Scandinavian style kitchen uses a wall to make a herb garden, a chalkboard and a storage organiser in one.
6. Tap Into Your Ceiling’s Potential
If you’ve run out of wall and counter space, look up. Your ceiling is often untapped (and full of potential). Try a heavy-duty ceiling pot rack or try a DIY project like the owners of this small kitchen who created a hanging bar.
7. Open Shelving
Try open shelves instead of upper cabinets for an airy feel. Just make sure you don’t clutter them or else it will look too busy.
8. SLEEK STORAGE
In a New York apartment, Bertoia side chairs surround a Saarinen table in the kitchen; the Akari light sculpture is by Isamu Noguchi, the candlesticks are by Ted Muehling, the cabinetry is custom-made and the Tara sink fittings are by Dornbracht.
9. Vintage Efficiency
Love the vintage charm and style? This small galley kitchen is all vintage and efficiency. Both sides of the kitchen are kept busy while the middle is left open for efficient movement. The vintage black and white floor and enchanting curtain keeps things interesting and charming.
10. Add A Vibrant Rug
Keep the kitchen cozy and full of style with a vibrant vintage-style rug, like this one from Canary Lane, photographed for Instagram in the kitchen of stylist Carlay Page Summers. For a narrow galley-style kitchen, go with a runner, or try a smaller 3′ x 5′ for something more square and compact.
11. Saturated Color
Pump up a color and make it feel even more vibrant by lacquering it. Keep everything, even the fridge, the same color and it’ll feel more uniform.
12. MODERN AND UNDERSTATED
In a Moscow apartment designed by Olga Kulikovskaia-Ashby, pendant lights by Tom Dixon hang above a black table in a quaint kitchen. The chairs are by Vitra and the plates on the counter are by Seletti.
13. Delightful Orange
Bright and light colour tones help small spaces pop. The delightful orange colours of this kitchen reflect light and are pleasing to the eye. Nothing boring and ordinary here, all fun and efficiency.
14.Embrace Those Retro Vibes
The ’70s are alive and well in this retro kitchen designed by Reath, whose chartreuse color palette and simple cabinetry give off a groovy feeling. Should you have a small dated kitchen you’re not too happy about, try leaning harder into its era to make the most of it.
15. Glass Doors
In this kitchen, wood floors extend out to an adjacent deck through glass doors, creating the illusion of a much bigger space. It’s modern meets farmhouse, and I’m obsessed.
16. MINIMALIST YET PLAYFUL
In a minimalist New York City apartment with pops of color, a narrow kitchen features cabinetry by Bulthaup, a countertop and sink by Corian, fittings by Vola, and an oven and cooktop by Gaggenau. The light fixture is by Bega, and the floor is terrazzo.
17. Modern Galley Kitchen
Eclectic, modern and fabulous. This small kitchen makes up its lack of space by going big on design. Something vintage, something creative. This galley kitchen is ultimately modern and efficiently designed.
18. Make A Statement With Your Appliances
When you have just a few cabinet doors and a small stretch of countertops, your best bet for making a decorative splash just might be your refrigerator.
19. Lacquered Ceiling
We can’t all have high ceilings, but we can fake them. Lacquer yours in a color that complements the walls, and it’ll look like the walls extend much higher than they actually do. Score!
20. DARK CABINETRY
In Emmy Rossum’s classic New York City apartment, the elongated kitchen space has a range and hood by Bertazzoni, the cabinets are by Scavolini, the antique runner is from Stark and the photograph is by Roger Mayne.i, the antique runner is from Stark and the photograph is by Roger Mayne.
21. Freestanding Modular Kitchen
Modern freestanding modular kitchens are fast becoming a favourite among top small kitchen ideas and designs. Its flexibility and sleek design complements the industrial trend of large open spaces, minimal decor and minimal furnishings.
22. Don’t Be Afraid Of Playful Personality Touches
In this super small Parisian kitchen, designer Marianne Evennou channeled her inner librarian, creating upper storage that mimics the beloved card catalogue.
23. Metallic Sheen
If the space is small, play around with fun wallpaper. Something with a little sheen will make the room gleam…even if you haven’t gotten to the dishes in, uh, a while.
24. STYLISH CITY LIVING
Like most Manhattan apartments, designer Kimille Taylor’s Upper West Side abode has a pint-sized kitchen—but that doesn’t mean she had to sacrifice style. The chic space contains a Bertazzoni oven, a Fisher & Paykel refrigerator, and marble counters. The subway tile is from Home Depot and the unique flooring is oak painted with a custom design.
25. Colours of Life
When your kitchen is this colourful and animated, who will complain about its diminutive size? Leaving the overhead open is an incredible design feat, extending the vision upward. It provides the room the breathing space it needs, else it would appear cramped.
26. See Your Kitchen Through Rose-Colored Glasses
If you’re hesitant to go full-on bold with a bright or deep color (but really want something different), perhaps you might consider just a hint of a color like the blush in this kitchen, a super chic Parisian guest house by fashion label Marie Sixtine.
27. Pot Rack
Bulky pans can take up valuable space, so install an industrial pot rack. It’s functional and stylish.
28. Perky Colours
Large doses of bright, arresting and perky colours can turn your small kitchen into a delightful space. Again, the main colour theme is white to visually expand the area. And the counters are kept clean and clear of clutter.
29. Innovative Cabinetry
Great kitchen ideas and designs always include remarkable cabinetry. Shift the focus from the limited space to something innovative and astounding. This cool kitchen cabinet assembly is unique, striking and functional.
30. Business On Top, Party On The Bottom
Maybe you’re looking for just a peppering of bold to give your kitchen some personality. If so, consider what was done in this fun and funky kitchen via Skona Hem, which paired a rich neutral gray with a loud, sunny yellow, giving the space instant personality. Plus, keeping the bright canary shade to just the bottom cabinets avoids overwhelming a small space.
31. Make It Flawless
It’s tiny, so every inch should be perfect. Wallpaper? Check. Patterned backsplash? Check. Art? Check. And obviously, you need fresh flowers, too.
32. Something Old, Something New
Renovating a dated kitchen can be challenging, especially if you’re facing to change good designs. Solve the problem by compromising. Keep the amazing old pieces and incorporate them into the sleeker and newer kitchen designs. This tiny kitchen features modern efficiency and charming old world design.
33. Embrace What You Have
Rather than trying to cover up this aged brick (there are surely far, far worse problems in the world), this kitchen discovered on Coco Lapine Design made it part of its decor. Whether you have beautiful brick like this or reclaimed wood or vintage tile, consider sticking with it before making big changes.
34. Get Some Statement Lighting
Is anyone actually going to notice your small kitchen when you’ve got an amaze piece of statement lighting? Definitely not.
35. Cottage Galley Kitchen
When space is limited, the galley kitchen plan works best. Everything is against the wall and the middle is cleared for traffic and movement. This white cottage kitchen increase the charm factor with an adorable rug and rustic shelves curtains.
36. Store Things Up High
If you’ve got space between your cabinets and your ceiling, you’ve got storage. Add wicker baskets and it’s the perfect spot to keep lesser-used tools.
37. Small and Efficient Kitchen Island
A small kitchen can go big with the right kitchen island. This small but efficient and functional island provides additional workspace, storage and looks trendy to boot!
38. Classic and Rustic White
Keep things classy and ageless with white colour themes. It also helps to visually expand the room. To break down the stark whiteness, splurge on charming rustic touches. This tiny kitchen uses a lot of wood details on it counters, shelves and displayed kitchen implements. Charming, clean and white.
39. Shiny and Transparent
With the limited space, you wouldn’t want to cut the line of vision and make your kitchen space look smaller. This small kitchen looks bigger than its actual size, thanks to the transparent bar stools and predominantly white colour scheme.
40. The Cube Kitchen
The cube clearly defines the kitchen area without closing out or cramping the space. Keep things neat and organised. The counter can also serve as the breakfast bar or dining table!