Small kitchens, 17 inspiring examples

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As urban centres expand at a relentless pace the property market has been forced to find creative ways to fit all of the new city dwellers into already packed spaces, and the most common has been to subdivide apartments into two or three smaller units. For most people this is fine, we live busy lives, and all we really need is a safe place to prepare meals and rest our head, but it does present challenges in terms of making your home a comfortable, practical, and beautiful space.

One room where you really feel the lack of floor space is the kitchen. Kitchens are the heart of every home, and in order to live healthy productive lives we need one that is well equipped and easy to use, and with only a tiny room available this can feel impossible, but don't give up just yet! Today we're looking at some magnificent small kitchens that will meet your needs and more in only a tiny space, and the innovative solutions they've employed to achieve this goal can be copied in any home. So join us as we take a look at some of the most inspiring small kitchens here on homify!

1. Kitchen, Sleek and hip

White high gloss surfaces bounce the light around in this bright kitchen, making the space feel much bigger than it is, while the aquatic blue backsplash adds a new dimension to the decor that perfectly complements the hardwood floors.

1. Rustic meets contemporary

This kitchen features a unique blend of seemingly disparate elements; a rustic stone breakfast bar, minimalist white flat panel cabinets, and super trendy light fixtures suspended from the the ceiling with invisible shades. It just goes to show that with a master planner at work rules are nothing more than a guideline!

3. Fresh and airy

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With massive sliding doors that open on to the balcony this kitchen blurs the line between exterior and interior spaces. This is perfect for when you're cooking highly aromatic food like curry and don't want the smell lingering in your house for days, and it's also ideal for entertaining as your guests can enjoy the sunshine while you prepare food without being cut off from the party!

4. Moody and modern

For a really hip look blacks are super effective in the kitchen, especially when paired with bold colours like that rich wine red. You do have to be careful that you don't use too much black, and is it can feel oppressive in a small space, but if you use a white base like they have here dark colours will really make a statement.

5. Custom cabinetry

When building a small kitchen it's important to take advantage of nooks, crannies, and corners, and the best way way to do that is with custom cabinetry. Here we see an L shaped kitchen with a unique unit built into the upper corner so that every available space is used for storage.

6. Matte and marble

With matte black cabinets giving this kitchen a contemporary feel a marble counter top has been used to introduce a counterpoint of old school opulence.

7. A classic kitchen

This design is all about restraint, with a white colour palette to make the most of the natural light coming through the window.

8. Vintage style

The timber cabinets, and a neutral colour palette expressed best through the greys and browns of the backsplash, see this kitchen take the best of seventies decor and recontextualise it for a modern setting.

10. Unvarnished timber

Timber naturally has a lot of character provided by the organic variation in the tone and hue of the woodgrain, making it a decorative element all its own. Pair it with black and white, as well as the fantastic wall tiles, and you have a dynamic and exciting kitchen!

9. A summer dream

With bright summery yellows, lime greens, and a backsplash featuring an image of lush grass to match the timber cabinets, this kitchen has a natural vibe that will make you feel like you're having a picnic in the park!

11. Mediterranean tiles

With classical shaker cabinets that have been given a whole lot of personality thanks to the teal colour palette this kitchen already looks fantastic, but those Mediterranean tiles on the wall make this a truly special design.

12. Hidden away

This is a really unique idea that sees the entire kitchen sitting within a large cabinet, so that when it's not in use you can shut the doors, and reduce the visual clutter in the room. Perhaps most impressive though is how they've managed to fit such a well equipped kitchen into such a tiny space!

13. Suburban charm

This kitchen takes all of the elements of classic suburban kitchens, and manages to compress them into this small but highly practical kitchen.

14. Monochrome

Black and white is a classic that will never go out of style, and this simple kitchen pairs a high gloss white counter with matte black cabinets for a timeless look that's enhanced by the few timber details.

15. Tucked in the corner

When looking at the layout of this home you'd never expect the kitchen to occupy this little nook by the front door, but with some creativity and careful arrangement this amazingly trendy kitchen is the perfect fit!

16. Delicate and dainty

The shimmering baby blue cabinets and delicate floral backsplash make this an intimate and romantic kitchen full of charm!

17. Tucked in the corner

In this studio apartment you'll find the kitchen tucked away in the corner. The interplay of the recessed lighting, the mirror tile backsplash, and the amazing vibrant colour palette creates an exciting and colourful space that's as stylish as it is functional.

You don't need a lot of space for a beautiful kitchen, you just need a creative mind and a little inspiration! For more on kitchens, check out this article exploring the American style.

Which of these tiny kitchens was your favourite? Let us know in the comments!

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