Working in a small kitchen can present many daily challenges in any home. How can you get the most out of your small kitchen? To inspire you every day, we reached out to Décor Aid interior designers and renovation experts for ideas for smart little kitchens.
Just because your kitchen is small doesn’t mean that you should forego stylish design and intelligent kitchen solutions – on the contrary. From the best floor plan for a small kitchen to modern materials that make it unique without costing a fortune, here is everything you need to know to get the most out of the space you need to work with.
When our customers first come to us about small kitchen ideas, they often assume that their upgrade includes a quaint and quaint, country-inspired kitchen without thinking about the flexibility of minimalism in each room.
A small kitchen doesn’t always have to be cute and charming, however, as you can add a touch of industrial to it to create a surprising effect that also makes it unique. An affordable polished concrete floor, or even a polished concrete countertop, will give your kitchen a distinctive feel of timeless modernity, but will remain sturdy and will last a lifetime and beyond.
Stylish pendant lamp
Add everyday elegance and style to your small kitchen ideas with an oversized pendant light so that the room appears larger than it is. If your kitchen is simple in style, add a dash of high gloss metallics with a bold light fixture to make it a feature of your kitchen in an area (above your head) that is never used for anything else.
Interesting standards, contrasting materials such as crystal and brass as well as filigree chain extensions make your kitchen lighting an outstanding product and never go out of style or look outdated.
Atmospheric charcoal cupboards
You may think the only cabinet color that will work in your small kitchen is standard white, but you can be a lot more exploratory in trying to make it unique to you. Think of it this way: as long as the foundation of your kitchen is white, like the floor or walls, you have a lot of freedom to discover other decorative colors for kitchen colors.
In fact, darker cabinets can help add depth to a small kitchen while making it feel intimate and inviting. Charcoal is a deep, timeless color choice that will instantly add dimension to your small kitchen ideas and designs. Not only is this unexpected, but it also helps make your kitchen feel less clinical, and it’s a surprisingly flexible paint to work with. Since smaller rooms look messier faster, in an all-white kitchen there is a risk of highlighting daily clutter and architectural flaws.
A cream-colored country kitchen
Now that we’ve just told you to go for darker cabinets, a creamy color scheme on the other hand will also create an inviting appeal, albeit one that includes the charm of a country-inspired kitchen.
Embrace the fact that your kitchen is small by turning it into a cute, country style kitchen done in a calming shade of cream. Wood paneling and surfaces make for a comfortable and cozy feeling. When it comes to small kitchen ideas, this is easy to peel off, but even better when the result makes your kitchen feel as spacious as possible. In a cream-colored kitchen, the everyday glamor factor is spiced up with high-gloss accessories and crystal pieces if possible.
Vibrant Moroccan kitchen tiles
Bring your small kitchen area to life with an eclectic selection of eye-catching black and white Moroccan kitchen tiles for your floors or backsplash. They help your small kitchen feel bigger, better judged, and unique.
And since they are inexpensive to find, they won’t break the bank either, although any room can look more luxurious and expensive. As with decorating a small kitchen, such ideas can bring great benefits if you are looking to resell your home. And they will never go out of style.
Glass front cabinets
If you want to make your small kitchen look bigger, glass-fronted cabinets at one end open up the space and make it appear wider – and almost when you look out the window.
Glass fronted cabinets open up your space and provide a reflective surface to deflect light. You just have to make sure that you put everything away neatly. And they make it all the easier to find what you need. Even better if they are made of crystal glass or have an interesting surface so that they look all the more expensive.
You might not think of installing wallpaper in a small kitchen right away, but you’d be surprised how much larger a simple, covered accent wall makes the room look instantly. And since most kitchen wallpapers are specially coated and nothing will stick to them while being easy to clean, this is a viable option.
From oversized to small format prints, kitchen wallpaper can help transform your space easily while adding the required personality, print and color. Wallpaper is also great if you are looking for interesting little kitchen ideas on a budget, as wallpaper is relatively inexpensive to get.
If you want to keep your small kitchen ideas and designs bright, light, and airy, classic white is the obvious option. Opt for a state-of-the-art set of sleek cabinets to add clean lines and minimal fuss to your kitchen so that the eye can move effortlessly from one side of the kitchen to the other.
Here, too, a white kitchen remains timeless and helps if you want to resell your home, as it is universally appealing and can be easily combined with almost any design style, from modern and minimal to classic and traditional.
Slim, buttonless furniture
Knobs and handles on kitchen cabinets dissolve the flowability and make it easier for you to open them. However, if you want your kitchen to appear as spacious as possible and to fool the eye into making it look bigger, take a cue from a contemporary gallery and go for ultra-smooth surfaces.
Choosing kitchen cabinets that you can easily open, or those with discreet grooves that you can use as handles, can make guests forget where they are in your house. As with decorating a small kitchen, sometimes it pays to be as inspiring as possible.
Black and white checkered floor tiles
When you’re working on creating a challenging little kitchen that is all the more unique and layered, you can be more playful with floor and ceiling alternatives. Black and white checkered floor tiles are a visually eye-catching way to give your kitchen a tried and tested retro charm.
Use black and white checkered floors to add style to your kitchen without taking up too much visual space to distract the eye, thanks to the use of two classic colors in combination. Checkered floor also makes it appear larger and helps it look cleaner than, for example, a pure white floor.
Flooring and wallpaper aside, you can paint your ceiling a color other than white for unique little kitchen ideas that don’t cost a fortune. The great thing about getting your ceiling painted a different color is that it makes your ceiling feel higher. This is a great way to manage the proportions of a small space.
A painted ceiling makes the room feel cozy and at the same time particularly wide. In addition, the room looks more expensive and unique.
Embrace your small space with unexpected colorful cabinets. When it comes to decorating a small kitchen, sometimes the more playful they are in getting them to immerse themselves in other aspects of the area.
Opt for cabinets in a bold but timeless color and a backsplash in a more subtle shade. We like how the kitchen pictured above combines lush green base cabinets with white wall cabinets to make the room appear larger and better designed.
Choosing a slightly unusual flooring is great for small kitchen ideas and designs because in small spaces you can afford to take more design risks without getting stubborn. You can combine a light floor with white or light cabinets and thus bring the much-needed color into your room without closing it.
Or you can opt for an eye-catching sound pattern like a herringbone wood or painted stripes for a symmetrical feel.
You may shy away from the thought of having a rug in your kitchen area, but it’s an interesting and fun way to add vibrancy to small kitchen ideas and designs.
A patterned rug looks great when you have an all white kitchen that you want to liven up, and when spending is an issue this is one route that will bring out great little kitchen ideas on a budget. Just make sure that your carpet is easy to clean. So opt for a kitchen rug in darker shades so that it doesn’t highlight everyday wear and tear and surface stains.
Minimalist splash of color
Of course, a minimalist route should be almost 100% foolproof when considering stylish and timeless little kitchen ideas. When it comes to organizing a small kitchen, ideas to work with can seem thin – but making sure everything is off the surface and in a place is a safe way to open up the space.
Opt for pure white furniture and surfaces and equip them here and there with strong and bright notes of saturated full-tone colors.
A chic bistro table
Dining tables can take up a lot of space and you don’t have a lot of space to work. Perhaps it is time to realize the idea of filling your space with a cumbersome table for six. Instead, find a charming bistro table and set it in a corner.
Not only does it serve the purpose for two people to eat, but it also helps you make better use of the space you have to work with. They’re great for small kitchen ideas on a budget because a bistro table and two chairs won’t throw you back too much. And when you’re moving, the small scale of a bistro table makes it a perfect accent table in almost any room.
Don’t waste space on the wall when considering the best small kitchen ideas. If you have a wall with no cabinets, invest in open shelving. This not only creates additional storage space, but you can also arrange everything stylishly on the shelf and turn your everyday items into decorative kitchen shelf art.
A hanging rack
Make a big stylish statement with your pots and pans by hanging them on hooks on a rail or on a rack hanging from the ceiling. When organizing a small kitchen, space-saving ideas are of course essential.
A hanging rack not only helps you save space, it also creates a breathtaking display of your best and most bulky cookware while also offering more storage space in your cabinets.
Dining area on the opposite side
If you don’t have space for a dining table, create a place to eat by adding a narrow overhang on your countertop. When you’re ready to eat, drag the bar stools to the counter, and when you’re done stack your bar stools out of sight – so that no space is wasted.
This place can also double up if you need extra counter, making for a cozy conversation area.
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