13 Gorgeous Small Kitchen Ideas to Pin Immediately
Opinion: Whoever invented the phrase “good things come in small packages” must have never lived in a pantry-less kitchen with one square foot of counter space. While we can’t grow your kitchen footage for you, we do have a handful of really gorgeous and space-savvy renovation ideas, courtesy of our designer friends.
PICK A HIGH GLOSS CABINET FINISH
Pro tip: Laquered paint has the same effect as a mirror—it bounces light around and makes a space feel lighter and more expansive. See: This stunning moody galley kitchen by BHDM Design.
SKIP THE UPPER CABINETS
With a closed-in floor plan, airy vibes are key. Take a cue from Fragments Identity and trade bulky uppers for breezy bistro shelving with minimalist styling. (Your hardworking lowers can handle the unsightlies.)
INSTALL A SHALLOW ISLAND
This gorgeous Bria Hammel kitchen is proof that when you go for custom cabinetry, you can get the exact look you want, to the exact micro scale you need.
OPT FOR OVERSIZE LIGHTING
Fun fact: Large-scale lighting will actually make a space feel bigger, since it creates the illusion of greater ceiling height by drawing the eye upward. Exhibit A: The rad wicker pendants in this Studio Life.Style kitchen.
ADD A BREAKFAST NOOK
We wouldn’t think that a chair cuddled up to appliances would work so well, but as seen in this Black Lacquer Design kitchen, it actually looks pretty darn chic and cozy.
With an itsy-bitsy galley kitchen (like this stunner by Black Lacquer Design), built-in appliances that don’t force you to lose clearance space around them (see: wall ovens, inset microwave, etc.) really earn their keep.
PUT YOUR SINK IN THE ISLAND
Make like Christie Leu and have your island earn its floorspace—by rerouting your plumbing, moving your sink, and earning extra counter space in the process.
OPT FOR FLAT-FRONT CABINETRY
When space is at a premium, shaving off visual bulk is always a good idea. One easy way to do so? Skip hardware entirely for a streamlined look, à la BHDM Design.
...AND YOUR BACKSPLASH
Hot tip: Material continuity (as opposed to broken up sections of cupboard, tiling, etc.) will make your walls look taller. See: This cozy kitchen by Christie Leu.
TRY A WHITEWASH COLOR SCHEME
We know, we know, colored kitchens are the new white kitchens. But with a tiny floor plan like this Studio Gild-stunner, a brightening agent is a timeless and wise choice.
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