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26 fantastic ideas for small kitchens

Kamla Villanueva Kamla Villanueva
Hiruki studio Industrial style kitchen
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The kitchen is the heart of each home. Between the aroma of fresh coffee, the scent of spices, herbs and freshly baked cakes with a sweet tinge of cinnamon and sugar, it's a gastronomic experience that is filled with wonderful memories. Where children tell their stories as they come home from school, where future plans are forged between partners, and where tears are dried and the weary gets comforted.

All these things happen in our living rooms as well as in kitchens, whether they're big or small. In the case of small kitchens, the disadvantages always catch our eye. But a miniature kitchen can look just as great and integrated to function perfectly. Let Homify show you some ideas for small kitchens!

1. Modular kitchens

We start with a simple but popular example for kitchen lovers. Modular kitchens are extremely handy for people who have to move frequently, for example, students, trainees or project managers. The kitchen blocks with individual pieces of furniture, stove or dishwasher or open shelves which can easily be integrated into new rooms when moving. This makes it popular, efficient and it even looks good too!

2. Kitchens with dining area

A small kitchen doesn't mean you can't integrate a bar. On the contrary, you can beat two birds with one stone and win a dining area and a work surface at the same time.

3. Kitchens with a Wow effect

This beautifully designed space looks more like an artist's studio than a kitchen, right? But, then again, there is also art in cooking. You can see it in the presentation of the dish and in the combination of ingredients.

4. ​Design in U-Form

When we are dealing with closed rooms, U-shaped kitchens are always one of the best ways to maximize the available space. So we have enough room to move freely in the middle of the kitchen and have access to all corners of the room.

5. De luxe storage space

The lack of storage space is often the issue when it comes to small kitchens, but wait until you see this kitchen! Rarely have we seen so many possibilities in such a small space. Practically everything nook and cranny is maximised in this customised kitchen. On one side, you'll find that even the wine bottles are stored here.

6. Bright kitchens

Neutral or light coloured kitchens are beautiful in both large and small spaces. For they make it deceiving, optically, making it appear more spacious than it actually is. Together with a large window, we not only have plenty of light in the room, but it also lets out the smoke after cooking so that bad odours won't sneak into the other rooms.

​7. Minimalistic Design

Skandinavisch Einrichten in einem alten Holzhaus in Tallinn Baltic Design Shop Kitchen Grey
Baltic Design Shop

Skandinavisch Einrichten in einem alten Holzhaus in Tallinn

Baltic Design Shop

Minimalist design always give the impression of cleanliness and elegance. With regular care, they offer a fresh atmosphere that brings about a good mood.

8. Hidden kitchens

A compartment that can hide the kitchen is a great idea for people who have to place everything in one room. Although, this kitchen is almost too sleek and elegant to hide, right? A wonderful modern kitchen for small rooms.

9. A bit of everything, please!

Even in kitchens, we can combine different styles—just as here a modern kitchen meets an old stone wall. It really is great!

10. Very rustic

This is probably the contrast to the minimalist design. But as we can see, original kitchens in the smallest space can also be very comfortable and not at all bulky. The focal point in this kitchen is that old-trimmed stove that adds a lot of character to the space.

11. Colours and patterns

This kitchen draws out a really good mood! The colourful design may looks great, however, it is important to note that before implementing them, we should first pay attention to the exact colour spectrum to be used, otherwise, it would appear more chaotic than harmonious.

12. Elegance

You can create an extraordinary look with the use of unique materials such as these stools with transparent seats. There's also the backlit shelf in the kitchen area that looks cool and elegant, making an ordinary storage space appear mystical.

13. Kitchens made of wood

Today's wooden kitchens often have a very sleek look that does not distract from anything from what is necessary such as the dinnerware and the kitchen equipments. As for the small bar, adding white stools that can be tucked underneath provide a minimalist ambience.

14. Rustic and charming

What a quaint kitchen! Despite the rustic look, the room still radiates an original comfort. In order to create additional storage space, an open shelf is attached onto the wall where the dishes are placed, conveniently near the dining table.

15. Kitchens in retro design

The retro design helps kitchens to create unusual colours, patterns and shapes. The main highlight in this small kitchen is definitely the yellow fridge. Other retro elements are the hanging lights above the bar that has a nice matte black colour and graphic shapes. There's also the stools with the classic orange covers that is suitable for the overall retro look.

16. Sophisticated!

This kitchen is based on absolute nobility! The combination of marble, stylish built-in cabinets and a cove light that surrounds the room makes this kitchen a particularly elegant place.

17. Convenient small kitchens

It is important in every kitchen that we feel comfortable and stress-free. For this, a kitchen has to be practical—no matter how much you want to design it. This kitchen, however, provides the best of both style and function that is very convenient.

18. Fresh breeze

The choice of colours affect the look of kitchens like nothing else. This design is like a fresh breeze blowing through the room. For strong colours, we should be aware that they will accompany us for many years, so choose wisely.

19. Cottage charm

In this kitchen has that warm vacation vibe. After a long hike we settle down here and cook a nice meal together. Why not enjoy that natural atmosphere indoors just as much as you enjoy nature in the great outdoors!

​20. Ambient vibe

Different styles with extreme contrasts can also look stunning in kitchens—as long as you choose a limited amount of colours that will tie in the entire concept. In this example, the colour black is the dominant colour with yellow accent colours as the countertop and backsplash.

21. Rustic industrial

This kitchen also impressively shows that a break in style can work between two completely different types of design. Here, a very original and rustic design meets the latest stainless steel look that almost reminds of a commercial kitchen.

22. ​Industrial chic

Brilliant Bethnal Green Propia Industrial style kitchen

Brilliant Bethnal Green


And here, too, we see another contrast that is possible. The industrial design of the apartment with exposed pipes and pipes as well as an old brick wall fits perfectly to the more classical kitchen with an old gas stove.

23. Place for recipes

Even with a small kitchen, you can still be creative. Adding in a blackboard is a great idea to decorate the room—in this case, the board is bolted with shelves for herbs and spices. Using a chalk, you can write messages, recipes and shopping lists.

24. Ample lighting

Whether small or large, lighting plays an important role in every kitchen. If we want to prepare food, then the countertops should be properly illuminated. It does not always have to be a dull ceiling light! You can always think of other ideas like adding a cove light under the cupboards.

25. Cool and relaxing

We can certainly relax in a kitchen such as this. Who would not like to sit here and drink a macchiato.

26. Shabby chic kitchen

The last example is a classic style dainty kitchen. Our tip: Do not use too dark colours and pay close attention to lighting. Hanging a floral curtain will also make it feel warm and inviting.

Do you have a small kitchen? What problems have you encountered so far?

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