Rather than committing to painting your cabinets or choosing a crazy-colored appliance, infuse color through your accessories, like in this kitchen space spotted on Design*Sponge, who ran with teal and light blue accents via vases, plates and tabletop appliances. The consistent palette keeps a small space feeling organized and well thought out.
This one is particularly useful if you find yourself in a studio where every room kind of just spills into the next. Should you have a window in your teeny kitchen, consider adding draperies, which will invite the same coziness your living room (which very well might be inches away such as in this space by Moodhouse Interiors) offers, encasing you in purposeful design.
To expand a tiny kitchen, add extra shelves in places they’d be most functional, like above the stove. That way, you won’t have to spend a lot of money, or take up valuable floor space.
In a small kitchen, you only have so many opportunities to flex your creative muscle. Here, in a kitchen from Dzek (which features the company’s Marmoreal countertop) a terrazzo-like surface, though not for everybody, really steals the show.
A 1930s Connecticut weekend house gets a modern makeover; In the kitchen, the island has a top of honed Carrara marble, the wall tiles are by Waterworks, the stove is Viking, and the stools are by York Street Studio; the 19th-century Windsor chair is a family heirloom, and the 1920s English pendants are from BK Antiques.
These charming and stylish designer kitchens have all the inspiration you need to spice up your tiny cooking space.
What you see isn’t always what you get, or at least that’s the takeaway in this small kitchen found on Architectural Digest. With no hardware in sight, the walnut paneling hides a full-size refrigerator, making the compact room feel larger without the visual interruption of a bulky appliance.
A vintage French artist’s table serves as the kitchen island in this Hamptons home. The stove is by Wolf, the sink and fittings are by Waterworks, and the dishwasher is by GE; the sign on the ceiling beams is original to the house.
Fabric impresario John Robshaw’s Connecticut country house is quaint and colorful. Just because the kitchen is petite doesn’t mean it is any less full of life. The kitchen’s settee is by Richard Wrightman, the sink fittings are by Newport Brass, the ceiling lights are by Restoration Hardware, the countertops are marble, and the custom dhurrie is by Robshaw. The walls are painted in Rose Quartz and the cabinetry in Starry Night, both by Benjamin Moore.
Small European apartments are always a wonderful place to seek out inspiration for your compact home spaces. Turns out, so is Detroit, at least by the looks of this kitchen. The Scandi-style material and color palette works well to keep the room open and visually pleasing.
Keeping things white will brighten up a small space, but that doesn’t mean you have to swear off wood forever. Reclaimed wood shelving adds contrast — and necessary storage.
In this super small Parisian kitchen, designer Marianne Evennou channeled her inner librarian, creating upper storage that mimics the beloved card catalogue.
If you want your space to look larger, go for an ultra-modern kitchen. The more minimal the decor, the bigger it’ll seem.
Don’t choose large or bulky chairs for your island. Instead, opt for low seating that doesn’t detract visually from the room.
A cozy kitchen in a Greenwich Village penthouse showcases a farmhouse sink, skirted in a Ralph Lauren Home linen, an antique chest found at a Paris flea market, and a French sconce.
In a Manhattan home, this charming blue kitchen features wood-and-marble cabinets commissioned by an artisan in India. The unique light fixture is by Harry Allen, and the appliances are by GE. The walls and carpet anchor the room in a dreamy blue palette.
This little galley kitchen found on Marie Claire Maison does an impeccable job of mixing traditional elements like the Aga stove, classic French moldings and crystal chandelier with streamlined cabinetry, floor-to-ceiling geometric tiling and a modern sconce.
Mirrored glass on cabinet doors instantly enlarges a small kitchen. Fake it til you make it!
Designed by Ken Fulk, this cozy Montana kitchen features a rustic-style range and hood and the custom island is made of cherry wood with an oak butcher-block countertop. The stools are by Christian Liaigre, the backsplash tiles are by Pewabic Pottery, and the pendant lights are by Niche.
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Adding extra storage up top is a great idea—but reaching it, on the other hand, is a challenge. Install a rolling ladder to access ceiling-height cabinets.
In a Brooklyn townhouse owned by wallpaper maven Kate Reynolds, the kitchen counters are Calacatta Gold marble, the backsplash tile is by Waterworks, the range is by Capital, the stools are from ABC Carpet & Home and the light fixture is by Apparatus.
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.
Every kitchen, no matter how big or how small has one thing in common: a stove. A four-burner range or cooktop can take up a majority of counter space, even though it gets used, at most, for a few hours a day. Sacrifice one burner and add a tray (on little legs to sit above a coil burner if you have one) to hold everyday spices like salt and pepper (and even a little plant).
Uncovered on A Beautiful Mess, this pint-size kitchen really takes advantage of its wall space by adding in another shelf under the upper cabinets and even a metal rack above the stove for tools and utensils.
To squeeze in extra storage, try adding little cubbies to fill in the space above a window or your range hood. Just make sure you have a step ladder handy.
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.
This kitchen found in Australian home magazine Inside Out is not for the faint of heart, but aside from its apparent boldness it also has some super smart small space takeaways, like freeing up counter space by storing knives on the wall and incorporating a calendar onto the cabinet fronts.
Set against a rich black wall (in a kitchen uncovered on No Glitter No Glory) this knife set adds a stainless-steel punch amidst the existing matte textures. An effect that most certainly would be lost if hidden in a counter-hoarding butcher block.
Designed by Gert Wingardh, this Swedish kitchen’s custom countertops and shelving are birch, the oven and cooktop are by Gaggenau and the antique stove in the foreground is original to the house.
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.
Apartment Therapy Projects Editor Dabney Frake completely transformed this rental kitchen for about $300 (a feat we applaud regularly). And while there are many, many lessons to take away from this makeover, there’s a simple storage spot that’s often overlooked, and that’s your fridge. Attaching hooks to the side for things like paper towels and stashing away infrequently used appliances on top like a stand mixer saves a ton of much-needed surface area.
Connect a kitchen and dining area with a cute pass-through. Not only does it open up both rooms, but the countertop adds a spot for breakfast if you don’t have room for a book in the kitchen.
From Elle Decoration France, a pale, heavenly palette is met with rugged leather handles for a nice juxtaposition of style.
In architect and antiques dealer Carlos Aparicio’s French-Scandinavian kitchen in Miami, an elegant marble island is paired with Swedish stools by Jonas Lindvall.
Amanda Seyfried’s Catskills retreat, designed by General Assembly, is a stylish (and slightly quieter) alternative to Hamptons living. Inside the kitchen, perfect for entertaining despite the limited square-footage, the range and hood are by Wolf, the Whitehaus sink is fitted with a Kallista faucet, and the backsplash is of tiles by Heath Ceramics. The island has a countertop of Caesarstone, the pairs of pendant lights are by Tom Dixon, and the cabinets are painted in Aganthus Green by Benjamin Moore.
In a Woodstock, New York retreat, a pony peeks into the kitchen, which showcases custom-made beadboard cabinetry, a Rohl sink and a vintage Moroccan rug.
This teeny tiny Swedish kitchen featured on Rue Magazine, proves that even if your kitchen is no bigger than the average closet it can still pack in some big style as long as you restrain yourself. A strict monochrome approach to dinnerware keeps it visually uncluttered (allowing the addition of some vintage pieces to feel fresh, rather than stuffy).
In this Cape Cod cottage, the small kitchen’s custom-made cabinetry is painted in Tanner’s Brown, and the walls are in Cream, both by Farrow & Ball. The countertops are butcher block, the sink fittings are by Waterworks and the Wedgewood stove is antique.
In a glamorous Paris apartment, the kitchen embraces a fresh vision of luxury with mod pendant lights by Tom Dixon and a custom-made, walnut-veneer kitchen island and cabinetry. The stools are by Mater Design, the ovens and refrigerator are by Gaggenau and the sink fittings are by Franke.
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The writing is definitely on the wall in actress Nina Dobrev’s kitchen featured on MyDomaine, where a painted accent wall acts as a to-do and grocery list.
To gain counter space, add a movable bar to the doorway of your kitchen. When you need to get in and out, you can easily roll it out of the way.
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In this Manhattan home, high above the city, the kitchen’s lacquer cabinetry is custom made for a clean, modern aesthetic. It is echoed in style by the backsplash and countertop, made of Calacatta marble. The range is by Viking, the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero and the print is by Ellsworth Kelly.
Embrace small space by going for black cabinetry. It’ll look sleek and sophisticated.
If you have the ceiling height like this kitchen designed by Studio Lifestyle, then big, statement-making pendant shades are a must.
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.
No counter space? No problem. A single shelf adds a spot to put the not-so-necessary (but actually, totally necessary) kitchen items like candles, art, and vases.
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.
Connecticut designer Patrick Mele didn’t let size get in the way of showcasing artwork in this teeny kitchen. In fact, he used every opportunity to show it off.
Of of the most powerful design tools is paint. That was certainly the case in this small kitchen makeover on One Kings Lane, whose minty hue (which is actually a removable vinyl) mixed with copper and marble accents is beyond a dream!
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We all know that small kitchens can be tricky when it comes to adding the unexpected. Think about painting or wallpapering the inside of your cabinets like this kitchen found on Popsugar.
Replace any dark cabinetry or tiles with white. It’ll make the room feel twice as big.
In a gorgeous Cape Cod cottage circa 1880, deep blue makes an appearance on the wood floors and door frame, evocative of the nearby sea. A vintage seascape hangs above an antique butcher block, echoing the kitchen’s ocean-inspired palette.
Designer Stephan Jones and San Francisco art dealer Francis Mill turned a former warehouse space into an art-filled apartment. The kitchen is no exception: the statement wall sculpture is by Manuel Neri. The cabinetry is by Henrybuilt, the countertops are PentalQuartz, the faucet is by Dornbracht, and the stools are by Overgaard & Dyrman.
Danielle Moss, co-founder of lifestyle blog The Everygirl, kept her palette simple and to the point inside her Chicago apartment featured on Clever. In a narrow space, it’s sometimes best to opt for a simple color scheme like this to keep the look as airy as possible.
The backsplash is one of the most underutilized vertical spaces in the kitchen. Here, in the Montreal home of Marlène Deshaies, an additional shelf installed between the upper cabinets and the countertops makes room for an adorable collection of vintage dinnerware. When every little bit of space counts (or there’s a serious lack of cupboards), this is a smart way to make room for more.
When you’re a renter, it’s not always feasible to add on-the-wall shelving, even if they are incredibly useful for expanding your surface area. One of our Design Editor’s go-to solutions to this? A cheap baker’s rack, like this one from Target.
If you’re low on cupboard space, add storage on shelves. Copper-pipe shelving has hooks for hanging mugs, shelves to stack dishes, and looks super chic.
It’s tiny, so every inch should be perfect. Wallpaper? Check. Patterned backsplash? Check. Art? Check. And obviously, you need fresh flowers, too.
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.
Bulky pans can take up valuable space, so install an industrial pot rack. It’s functional and stylish.
What the petite London kitchen of Hannah Cecil Gurney (daughter of Claud Cecil Gurney, the founder of bespoke wallpaper company de Gournay), featured on 1stdibs, lacks in square footage, it makes up for in bold jewelry box-like style, like gold leafed walls, bright blue cabinetry and whimsical hardware.
Create folding doors to close off the dining room from the kitchen. If space is tight, you’ll benefit from the extra room when guests come over.
So you’ve got a tiny kitchen. Whether a rental space or something to call your own, a foot or two of counter space and maybe a wall to work with if you’re lucky doesn’t leave a ton of room to get creative, but give us an inch and we’ll give you a mile of ideas. Here, 45 fabulous small kitchens chock full of solutions and inspiration to help you jazz up your tiny space and keep you cooking in style.
This little space found on Casa Haus takes some big risks that have huge style payoffs. From the orange Smeg fridge to the minty green cabinetry, it’s easy to overlook the pint-sized floor plan of this candy-colored space.
If you have a sliver of a wall open in your kitchen, you can open up a world of storage possibilities with a humble pegboard. A handful of hooks is all you need to make a home for all your gadgets and gizmos if your drawer space leaves much to be desired.
What you may lack in square footage could potentially be made up in height. This clever kitchen spotted on One Kings Lane employs some super simple and chic storage solutions as the designer added another row of shelving above the cabinets balanced on wine holders!
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.
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.
If you are going to get an island, make sure it’s got as much storage as possible. Towel racks, cabinets, or a storage rack underneath are musts.
A pair of 19th-century English chairs and a Kartell table fit perfectly into the corner of this tiny Brazilian kitchen in a São Paulo building.
Plants are a great way to add freshness to a small, stagnant space and, in this kitchen found on SFGirlbyBay, their wild limbs give movement and motion to the area.
We love the use of the decorative lighting in this small yet bright kitchen from Lonny. While inset can lights could have been used, the pendants add such a nice touch.
This super economical stainless steel shelving unit (a variety of pieces from IKEA’s Grundtal series) in this kitchen included in our Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces provides ample opportunity to display some of your favorite kitchen things, both practical and pretty.
When your prep space is no larger than a closet, even one person can feel like too many cooks in the kitchen. These tricks will help you make the most of your counter space and cabinetry. And when you want to plan for your future giant dream kitchen, check out even more inspiration.
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.
Sure, galley-style kitchens lack counter space, but you can make up for it by thinking of the space in stations: an area to prep, an area for stovetop cooking, and so on. Then you can make dinner assembly-line style.
If you have zero space in your kitchen, don’t stress. Create your own storage nook on a nearby wall in your house by putting up shelves and placing some stools underneath. You’ll have a place to put your bag, shoes, and hats when you come home, and a place for all those gifted cake stands you’ve accumulated. That’s a thing, right?
To fake a lighter kitchen in a small space, paint the cabinets white. White-tiled walls, along with brass hardware and a milk-glass chandelier, also create the illusion of added sunlight.
In the galley kitchen of a bohemian family home, the kitchen’s range and microwave are by Wolf, the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero, the custom hood is by Vent-a-Hood and the countertop is Calacatta Gold marble. Hans Wegner chairs, purchased at auction, accompany a table by Eero Saarinen from Design Within Reach. The vintage pendant light is by Max Ingrand for FontanaArte.
Once you decide what color to go with, don’t forget about the finish. A high-gloss coating can help a small space feel larger.
Sometimes, all you need to create a small dining area for one or two is a shelf and two barstools, like in this hyper efficient (and totally lust-worthy) kitchen from Polish design site Ladny Dom.
This small but mighty kitchen spotted on Digs Digs is certainly a vision of efficiency (the whole apartment is only 40 square meters!), but its artful use of a glass divider and a clear acrylic dining chair keeps the space carved out yet open and spacious.
Ultra glossy kitchens tend to look a bit Euro-mod, but there’s no denying the reflective (read: light-bouncing) properties it offers. This inviting space found via Lonny brings in warm brass cabinetry and an earthy stone backsplash to keep a welcoming vibe.
In a Southampton home designed by Steven Gambrel, the small kitchen is distinguished by glazed, black subway tile on the walls. The tiling on the floor is classic French and the white hood is custom made.
Adding some major wow factor to an already impressive kitchen designed by Studio McGee, these cement tiles take this space to new style heights playing off the deep hunter green, crisp white walls and modern lighting. In a small room, tiles can make a serious design impact (and because you have less square footage, the price is far more approachable). Oh, and if you’re a renter, don’t look away just yet. They sell peel-and-stick floor tiles in a similar style at places like Etsy.
The country home of the Kasliwal family—owners of the legendary Indian jewelry house Munnu the Gem Palace—is in a converted cowshed on the outskirts of Jaipur. In the kitchen, the custom cabinetry was made by a local artisan; brass urns hold wheat, rice, and other grains.
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.
In the Connecticut kitchen of accessories designers Richard Lambertson and John Truex’s Connecticut kitchen, a factory stool from London adds industrial style to an otherwise quaint, country chic space.
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.
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. Find the full tutorial here: A Modern Copper Kitchen Hanging Rack You Can DIY.
Magdalena Björnsdotter and Erik Björklund covered their century-old farmhouse in rural Sweden in bright white paint. The black and white kitchen includes a flea-market table, industrial-style chairs and a metal-and-driftwood pendant light by Olsson & Jensen.
This New York apartment’s kitchen boasts a range by Wolf, the sink and fittings are by Lefroy Brooks, the cabinetry is by Smallbone of Devizes, and the Bertoia barstool is by Knoll.
This rental kitchen makeover by Meghan Pflug for One Kings Lane is gorgeous on so many levels (for real, don’t miss the dismal “before”), but one of our favorite takeaways to try in your own small kitchen is the framed mirror in place of a standard backsplash. It’s easy to clean but tricks the eye into thinking the space is twice as large as it really is.
Weren’t blessed with tons and tons of cabinetry to stash away all your tools, pots and pans and the likes? Make your own fortune, instead! Take a cue from this vignette in a kitchen by Jersey Ice Cream Co. that uses a simple yet stunning gold bar and matching hooks to store essentials.
In Marisa Tomei’s home, the small kitchen is marked by a Saarinen table paired with 1940s French garden chairs. The range is by Viking, the dishwasher is by Asko and the flooring is cork.
A farm table can do double-duty as a dinner spot and work surface, but make sure to choose wicker chairs. The open design makes a small room feel light and airy, as opposed to overly cramped and crowded.
You know the drill: whiter=brighter. Keep everything white, then add in pops of color from your serving ware, or even a SMEG fridge.
Apartment Therapy writer Nancy Mitchell lives in a small studio in Manhattan with very limited counter space. She remedied that by bringing in a compact rolling cart which acts as an island.
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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.
It’s not ideal, but shelves are good for more than just plates. If you’re lacking a traditional pantry, stack your snacks instead.
Foregoing upper cabinets altogether and turning to color instead, this funky galley kitchen spotted on Camille Styles is not afraid to take a chance. Not even when it came to traditional faucet finishes. Forget silver or gold and go with mint!
To keep countertops clear, tuck the toaster and coffeemaker away in a sleek appliance garage. A stand mixer can pop up from its own designated cabinet if you install a spring-loaded shelf.
Here’s one more reason to love subway tiling. Use it all around your kitchen and it will help the space feel wider.
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.
If you’re adding shelves for storage, you don’t want them to look cluttered. Arrange bowls and mugs by color so everything feels cohesive.
If your kitchen is small, you likely won’t have room for an island and a breakfast nook. Choose an island that’ll do double duty — you can use it as counter space when you’re prepping dinner, and eat at it later.
A breezy, beachy Southampton home belonging to fashion executive Scott Currie has a kitchen that—despite its seaside local— exhibits a modest country aesthetic. The farmhouse-style ceramic sink is from Rohl and the fittings are by Samuel Heath & Sons.