Whether you’re a happy owner of a spacious, impressive kitchen, or only have enough of space available in your house to fit a small, cozy kitchen, you wouldn’t believe how much space you can save by properly arranging it.
If you are interested in renovating or simply re-decorating your small kitchen, here are some creative ways to help you get started. Although these are small upgrades, but they’ll go a long way towards making you feel more organized and uplifted in your kitchen.
1. Light It Up
If the lighting in your kitchen is dim, or you hate the overhead fixture, change it! Switching out an overhead light fixture is much easier than it sounds. It doesn’t have to be super expensive, either. To make this kitchen a little more memorable a unique, gold light fixture has been installed. Like any other room, your small kitchen needs a combination of task and atmospheric lighting. Fluorescent lighting, which casts a bluish light impacting the colorization of objects in the room, including the food, is frequently found in kitchens.
2. Open It Up
Tiny kitchens can feel claustrophobic when overhead cabinets are towering over your head in tight spaces. Many cooks can’t reach what’s in them (and there’s not a lot of room for a step stool or ladder), and the overall feeling is boxy and closed in. If you can get organized enough, trade the top cupboards for open storage. Consider shelving, pot racks, and magnetic knife or spice holders instead. Not only will your kitchen look more spacious, it’s a great way to show off your favorite dishes or shiny pots and pans — even artwork.
3. Look Into It
One of the simplest ways of “expanding” a kitchen is incorporating glass, which lets you see through the objects, thereby enhancing the feeling of spaciousness or what designers call “negative space.” Try a glass counter or tabletop, or glass door cabinets. Glass kitchen doors, to the outside world or to the next room, can also visually expand the space. There is even highly reflective glass tile that can give your kitchen sparkle. Mirrors, in a backsplash or strategically placed around the room, also lighten up the look.
4. Go For Comfort
Sure, we now know how to increase the visual size of a small kitchen, from layout and design to color. But consider this: When decorating a smaller space I’ve often found it’s not necessary to increase the size of the room through interior design. The reason: by going with the existing architecture of the small area, you can often create a wonderful well-designed cozy space. So instead of using tricks to enlarge the space, maybe you want to embrace it just the way it is. Instead of going light or sleek, maybe you go country cozy.
5. Get Floored
Where does our eye go when we walk into a room? Often it goes down — right to that dust bunny or scuffed floor. That’s why the flooring in a petite kitchen is so important. Linoleum — that old favorite of kitchen floors everywhere — can be really eye-catching in checkerboard black and white in a small space. It’s a relatively inexpensive choice. Since dimensions are diminutive, you may be able to afford a beautiful tumbled marble that can give you a touch of the outdoors. Of course, marble can be really cold and hard underfoot, but the impact may be worth it to you.
6. Use Lots of Shelves and Racks
Not every small kitchen needs to have upper cabinetry if the space has been well designed to provide adequate lower storage space. The rustic, wood shelving in the kitchen provides the perfect place to display a collection of dishware and glasses. The white-on-white palette creates a crisp and clean aesthetic. To keep clutter from taking over your kitchen countertops consider installing storage options on the wall above. The magnetic knife rack, seen below, keeps sharp knives out of the reach of little ones but easily accessible for meal preparation.
7. Color It Big
The color of walls, appliances, counters, stools — even the dishtowels — can change the atmosphere and perceived size of the kitchen. Pastels or light colors, with good doses of white, reflect light drawing the eyes upward and make the room seem taller. But don’t think you have to be a color chicken in a small space. Bold colorations can be very effective in smaller kitchens. How about some Porsche red metal cabinets with celery green walls and a banana-colored concrete countertop? That’ll get your motor started in the morning!
8. Downsize It
Face it, in a small space you can’t have a kitchen that is a jack-of-all-trades — accommodating schoolwork, mail, laundry, recipe hunting and cooking duties. Unless you don’t cook at all (in which case, feel free to store your out-of-season clothes in the kitchen cabinets!), the small kitchen’s main chore is meal prep. So focus first on function, making sure you have the appliances and work areas you need. You may be able to save a bit of space by using scaled-down or innovative appliances, including refrigerator and freezer drawers and pint-sized microwaves, stoves (some with just two burners) and single sinks.
9. Mix Up The Materials
You may not have wide-open spaces in your pint-sized kitchen, but you do have lots of choices. In fact, these choices loom larger in a small space than in today’s basic Taj Mahal-sized kitchen. In a big area you can more easily hide flaws or separate competing styles; in a small space everything really has to work, including the mix of wood and metals and other surface materials. And because your petite kitchen may be short on interesting architectural details, it’s up to you to add the all-important style in compelling countertop surfaces, cabinetry, fixtures, flooring, lighting and color.
10. Go With White
An all-white kitchen can create an illusion of roominess, as it offers a seamless transition from walls to floors. Of course, not everyone appreciates the clean look of white. To add interest to a plain white kitchen, try to mix and match different textures or shades of white within your accessories. Crave bold colors in your kitchen? Just follow one rule: give your walls, floors and finishes the same color palette to prevent color overload.
11. Add A Island (If There’s Room)
Kitchen islands with seating are normally found in large homes with lots of space. But what about small kitchens? Is it possible to add seating even in a small space? In this example there is limited space for an island, but a creative use of the layout allow for seating against the kitchen wall. How can you incorporate seating into your small kitchen? Another simple solution is by adding a few bar stools to sit next to an island or workspace. While you may not have room for leg space under your island in a small kitchen, adding a few temporary seats could help.
12.The Multipurpose Countertop
Same as with the kitchen island, the key to success is getting you a countertop which can satisfy a lot of your needs – ideally with smart storage on the bottom part, various hangers, and enough of space on the worktop to let you do all of the food preparation you have to do. For the best results, get rid of the cabinetry you would normally have above the countertop, and instead install some floating shelves – you’ll notice a huge difference in the overall look of your kitchen.
13.Get More Space by Displaying Cookware
There is no need to hide everything inside of your cabinets, as long as you keep your stuff clean. How about a horizontal hanger for your pots and pans? Such things look especially well if you get yourself some stylish cookware, like copper one for example. Except for providing an interesting element of decoration, this will allow you to get rid of more of the cabinetry. And remember, it’s the cabinetry that cuts your kitchen space in half, in the case of small kitchens. Maybe it’s worth it to give it a try?
14. Get A Pantry
It’s absolutely doable! Not only that, but it can save you plenty of space. How about designing a pantry in the corner of your kitchen, or at the end of your interior if your kitchen is the galley type, behind a slide panel door? While you’d be basically sacrificing some of your kitchen space, by hiding it behind a fake wall of a sort, inside of it, you can store literally everything, except for the items that really have to be available at all times.
15. A Folding Table!
I’m sure many of you shake your heads in disbelief right now, but with enough creativity, I’m quite sure you could fit something to eat on. Granted, it’s not going to be a grand, natural wood rectangular table – but have you ever thought about the new solutions in kitchen furnishing? What about a slide-out, folding table? You can easily get yourself one of these, with the options to slide them in and out of your cabinetry.
16.Change Cabinet Knobs and Pulls
Just because you didn’t choose the cabinetry doesn’t mean you can’t make it your own. Swapping out kitchen cabinet hardware can make a plain kitchen look more fancy. Just keep the old knobs or pulls and switch them back before you move out.They are not too expensive either, and with so many styles available including ornate antique and modern handles, you can make a real impact with just a small investment and one evening spent doing the job.
17.Use A Rolling Cart As Your Island
No room for an island? Go for a rolling cart that can do double duty instead. For example, a rolling cart with a butcher block top will give you additional storage space as well as an extra prep area. You can even use it as a buffet table and move it around your house when hosting a dinner party. Most of them deep drawers and shelves which are great for anything from utensils to storage containers. Most importantly, when it’s not in use, just put it away to save precious square footage.
18. Get Your Window Back
I’m sure you know how it is in the smaller kitchens, after all, most likely you’re the owner of one of these. The corners or even the entire bottom part of your window is entirely covered by cookware you keep on the countertop that’s below the window. This isn’t a really pleasant view, and what’s worse, it makes your kitchen even smaller, visually. After all, especially in these small kitchens, you’re supposed to let in as much light as possible because that makes it appear larger.
while we’re on the subject of your appliances since you will be replacing them anyway, this time, get yourself some that are cheerful and make a good impression on people visiting you. All the talk about light, space, and stuff, but truth be told, when you’re an owner of a small kitchen, it’s time to master the art of distraction. Bold, colorful appliances will make your guests think about them instead of thinking about how little space there is in your kitchen. Isn’t that what we would like to happen?
20.A Big, Efficient Range Hood
I bet you never even imagined you could fit one in your small kitchen, and thus settled down for really lousy one, which wasn’t able to properly vent your small kitchen. And we’re talking about a small kitchen – especially in such, there is no place for smoke and odor. Oh well, cheer up – these days, venting hoods come in plenty of shapes or forms, and can fit even the tiniest of kitchens.
21.Replace Your Kitchen Countertop
A slightly more expensive yet with impressive end results, replacing and updating our kitchen surfaces can have a big impact.On a smaller budget, you can use laminated tops that are plastic. They are very affordable and come in many different colours, edges, textures and finishes. You can even add them to counter tops that have natural stones. Of course if you flex the purse strings a little more you can upgrade to stone, marble and other more premium materials, but remember not to install solid tops if you plan on replacing them every so often.
22.Store on the Wall
Don’t waste any usable wall space. Your counter is a valuable work area in your small kitchen. You should save the space for cooking preparation and avoid storing any kitchen utensils on the surface. Go for a wall-mounted rack to hang your pots. Also, try to install a small curtain rod near your pot rack so you can keep your lids within reach. Looking for space to store your knifes? A magnetic strip on the wall will come in handy.
23.Build in Your Microwave
Counter space is a valuable commodity in any kitchen, but even more so in small kitchens, moving the microwave off the counter is a great way to free up a few extra feet of counter. In existing kitchens, you may be able to convert the lower half of a wall cabinet to hold a microwave, but this means making a smaller set of matching cabinet doors for the top—a challenging job. If you’re remodeling, you can easily design in a location for a space-saving microwave.You could look at getting a microhood instead that can hold two appliances together. These can be quite costly but a real space saver.
24.Make A Blind-corner Cabinet More Accessible
Blind-corner cabinets are cabinets on inside corners that are accessible from only one door. If you have a blind-corner cabinet in your kitchen, you know how hard it is to reach anything that gets shoved to the back. Most kitchen designers will try to plan space for a lazy Susan base cabinet instead of a blind corner. These have rotating shelves that provide good access to the contents. But if you’re stuck with a blind-corner cabinet and no lazy Susan, here are a few options worth exploring. There are a number of ingenious sliding-shelf mechanisms that allow you to move the contents within reach, but most, are rather expensive.
25.Paint The Kitchen Walls
If your kitchen looks small, you can put a coat of lighter paint to make it look bigger and more spacious. Dark colors tend to give a depth that makes a room look small and tight. Try painting your kitchen ceiling first as it is usually the first part of the room that changes color with time. Sand the walls to remove roughness and clear up the dirt. You also need to clean up the grease with TSP. Then you can paint the walls after you cut in the corners. Painting will not cost you a lot, especially if you do it by yourself, but make sure you use a primer to seal the wall!
26.Introduce A Teeny Table
Family and friends naturally gather in the kitchen so what could be more convenient than eating right next to where you cook? Eat-in kitchens give cooks and diners the chance to chat, simplify cleanup and keep the vibe carefree and casual. So what do you do if your kitchen is too cramped for a standard table and chairs? You may not have the space for a roomy dining table, but could you squeeze in an airy perch for one, or a bijou lunch location for two? Go for something ergonomically round, and pick designs (for tables and chairs) that block the least amount of light, so as to increase the luxurious sense of space.
27. Hang It All
It’s not only utensils, pans, spices and tea towels that can work with wall-hung storage. A lack of workspace is often the most noticeable thing in a small kitchen, so forget having fruit or vegetable bowls cluttering up your countertop. Instead, use wall-hung baskets. Think, too, about other ways of freeing up that work surface. Could the radio go on a shelf? Will the toaster fit inside a drawer when not in use? And if you’re not spiralizing your vegetables and fruits daily, hide that gadget in a cupboard.
28. Let It Flow
When a kitchen is as closely connected to a sitting room as this one is, take as much care with the decor and accessorizing as you would in the living space. Artwork, glamorous lighting, complementary colors and flooring that flows seamlessly will all help the rooms work with, rather than against, one another. The dining room table against the wall to create more space. You can pull out two extra chairs when company comes. And the Lucite chairs feels airier, making it less cluttered.
29. Nab A Niche
Recessed shelving — in a wall niche, as seen here — is the friend of many a small space, as it removes bulky protrusions from your limited work area. The curved end cabinet on the right also gives an impression of increased space, rather than chopping it up with sharp corners. This clever compact kitchen packs storage in — not only on the flat walls but also underneath the sloping ceiling. But it’s the position of that workspace in the latter area that really makes the design sing. Though the workspace is tucked into the eaves, its width means that standing room isn’t compromised. The horizontal window is a nice touch too and celebrates the shape of the room.
30. Boost Your Wall Units
Depending on the type of range hood you have, there may be storage space — or simply dead space — above it. Here, the homeowners have added a built-in cabinet topped by open shelves for cookbooks just where you want them. The neat shelves under the cabinets on either side, for condiments, spices and mugs, are a smart touch too. To create even more wall space in a small kitchen, extend storage right up to the ceiling as well as additional storage under cupboards. Shelving under the cabinets for frequently used items.
31. Make Your Furniture Foldable
Only have room for a table and chairs when you’re actually using them? Folding versions are a brilliant solution. Choose them in bright colors or nice wood tones, and they’ll double up as decorative accessories if you hang them on wall hooks when not in use. Garden furniture suits the purpose perfectly. It also can be much cheaper than indoor furniture. Folding table and chairs that are stored away when not in use.
32. Abandon Wall Units.
Keep a compact, U-shaped kitchen from feeling claustrophobic by choosing airy, open shelving instead of solid wall units.
The trick to making it work? Color coordination. Even if you have pots and dishes in many different hues (unlike the tonally ordered arrangement in this space), you can arrange your things by grouping similar colors together. And even going for an ombré effect by arranging them to create a gradient effect — browns next to oranges next to yellows and so on.
33. Section Your Drawers
Many of us have already embraced the smart idea of stashing dishes in drawers rather than cabinets, where items at the back can languish, unloved and rarely used. But the kitchen drawer in this space takes the idea a step further: A pegboard-like base allows for movable dish “posts” to keep everything in its place, making more of the available space.
34. Design A Wraparound Backsplash.
To give the impression of a more elongated space, aim for long, unbroken lines, and be careful where you position blocks of color. Work to create a design that encourages the eye to keep moving, which will enhance a sense of flow. This continuous tiled backsplash does that job simply and effectively.
35. Get A Stove Hood
The stove or range hood is very often a kitchen’s focal point. This kitchen reflects a contemporary design style with its dark, wood cabinetry, brushed-nickel hardware and soft brown tile backsplash. The tile flooring blends perfectly with the style of the space and provides the ideal foundation for kitchen work. When a space is designed around a limited color palette, as seen below, it can appear to be ordinary and expected. To bring life to a space like this, while maintaining the color scheme, don’t be afraid to experiment with texture and shapes.
36. Sophisticated Backsplash
One of the great benefits of kitchen backsplash tile—apart from the utilitarian aspect of protecting your kitchen’s walls from food spatter—is that it can add a ton of visual appeal, variety and color to your kitchen design. The mosaic backsplash is installed from the counter to ceiling to add luxury. In addition, the copper farmhouse sink makes a beautiful statement piece.
37. Stash Your Servingware On The Outside.
In a large kitchen, there’s often plenty of space for glasses, cutlery, napkins, jugs and pretty serving dishes. In a smaller space, not always. Consider keeping these items not required for the business of cooking either on the outside of your work area in an open-plan room. Or even in a cabinet or drawers separate from the kitchen and close to where you eat.
38. Don’t Try to Cram It All In.
If you have a small cook space, chances are you’re not going to fit every bit of storage or appliance into the general kitchen zone. If you have an open-plan space, don’t be afraid to let a cabinet or set of kitchen cabinets spill around a corner. Here, the owners have chosen to connect the around-the-corner cabinets to the kitchen by having them in the same finish. However, if you want to build more of a living room feel outside the confines of the cook space, consider an antique French dresser, open shelves that mix storage with framed pictures or pieces of art, or a closed cabinet painted the same shade as the walls to “hide” it.
39. Decorate With Tones of One Color
Keeping to one hue in your small kitchen will help maintain an aesthetic that oozes control and calm. Here, different shades of blue on the units create a soothing gradient effect, while a white backdrop — and minimal accessorizing — keeps the room from looking color-cluttered and potentially smaller as a result. Navy blue has become a popular option in many kitchen designs. It is still able to act as a neutral and accommodate a variety of color combinations will anchoring the space and creating drama. The lower cabinets have been painted a deep blue which contrasts perfectly against the solid stone countertop.
40. Let Your Countertop Spill Over
The obvious thing would be to end this countertop where the wall stops, to the right of the sink. But why be conventional when you could, instead, create more space. Elsewhere, this “countertop overhang” idea has been used to house a tiny breakfast bar. But here, with the steps down to the kitchen area in the way of any potential seating, this space simply expands the usable work surface.
41. Make Use of Odd-sized Gaps
Standard base cabinets have fixed measurements, so unless you’re going custom, you may find you have an odd-sized gap you’re not too sure how to fill, but need to use.These slide-out baskets are one solution. If you have a smaller space, you might consider mini wine shelves or micro drawers just big enough for a set of spoons in one, forks in another, napkins in another and so on. You could even DIY these, if you have the shelves in place, by using dinky-sized storage boxes without lids that you can pull in and out.
42. Max Out Your Base Cabinets
Base kitchen cabinets are a storage staple in every home, and something you can install on your own with some time and plenty of careful planning. Could you pack more into your cabinets? Kitchen base cabinet pantry with double recessed cabinets. How clever is this idea for making more of a double cabinet? Get acquainted with a savvy cabinetmaker and see what you can create. And you can store food under the bar between living and kitchen areas.If you have to lose the closet pantry, this is an interesting organization system for moving the pantry into the cabinets.
43. Go Luxe
A luxury touch will give your small kitchen grandeur beyond its dimensions. And it doesn’t have to cost the world. The contrast of the black cabinetry and white Subway tile creates a striking backdrop. The addition of warm, metallic accents like the bar stools and pendant lights add an additional layer of design interest to this kitchen. The appliances in their deep, matte tones are equally stunning. They offer a new spin on the traditional by offering an element of interest rather than simply of function.
44. Love Your Wall Space
More drawer or cabinet space isn’t always the answer. With just a half-day of DIY and a collection of rails, hooks, pots, baskets, magnets and racks, a blank wall can be transformed into a storage powerhouse. A painted pegboard is a good multifunctional alternative. Enjoy a little rack ’n’ rail. Wall cupboards can eat into the space in a very small kitchen, but you can still make any wall work for you by adding racks, rails and slim shelves.
45. Pop In A Pullout Desk
The simplicity of this micro desk is the secret of its design success. It’s essentially a chunky drawer-style design, but without the front or side panels. When the workday is done, simply push it in, with all your odds and ends in place, ready for tomorrow. If you prefer to keep everything out of sight, try the same idea, but with a hinged drawer front. It would need some ingenuity, so speak to an experienced woodworker for ideas and to get it built well, since it will need to be sturdy too.