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.
13 Gorgeous Small Kitchen Ideas to Pin Immediately
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.
Define The Space With Fun Flooring
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.
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.
Take Cabinetry To The Ceiling
Utilize every last bit of wall space. In this glamorous galley kitchen by Massucco Warner Miller, upper storage cabinets are easily serviced by a ladder cum design statement. We like.