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40 great ideas to plan a small kitchen

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If you're living in a big city, chances are that you don't exactly have the world's biggest kitchen. When it comes to paring down, the kitchen is one of the first spaces to take the hit. Unless you live off of microwaved and readymade foods, you're likely to be spending a considerable amount of time in the kitchen and expect a certain comfort. A small kitchen may throw up design challenges but in no way does that mean that you cannot have a fully functional space that is simultaneously aesthetically appealing. Yes, you can have both. When planning a small kitchen, there are tried-and-tested techniques that you can adopt (some of which we have detailed below), but you can also let your creative juices flow and improvise. Just keep these in mind:

Lighting is crucial in a small space and is directly correlated to the colour palette. Dark colours, contrary to your first thought, are not counter-productive for a small space, and can actually create a warm and comfortable atmosphere provided that they are complemented with elaborate lighting and/or plenty of natural sunlight. A white or neutral colour palette, on the other hand, ensures that light bounces off of its surfaces, and therefore requires less artificial lighting. There are also tricks you can adopt to create a sense of spaciousness: mirrors, for example, act as a reflective surface and increase the feeling of depth in a room. 

It is also crucial that you keep a small kitchen completely clutter free; this calls for plenty of storage and organised working spaces. Utensils and kitchen accessories can be stored away either in closed or open storage shelves. Make use of every nook and corner with smart storage solutions such as corner drawers and pull-outs wherever possible. Ceiling-high cabinets are also a great way to increase storage space while ensuring that the kitchen doesn't feel claustrophobic. Integrated kitchen spaces are also a smart solution for small spaces. 

To better illustrate space-saving ideas, we'll take a look at a bunch of small kitchens that have been efficiently planned and laid out—proving that a lack of space doesn't need to cramp your style. Take a look and be inspired to plan or remodel your kitchen and make it your new favourite spot!

1. A corner drawer is an effective solution for an awkward kitchen space.

country Kitchen by Tim Jasper
Tim Jasper

Harbourside kitchen

Tim Jasper

2. White finishes give the impression of spaciousness and ensure improved lighting

scandinavian Kitchen by Baltic Design Shop
Baltic Design Shop

Minimalistische Eck-Küche

Baltic Design Shop

3. Modern shelves and bright lights create a contemporary atmosphere and make everyday life easier

tropical Kitchen by STUDIO [D] TALE
STUDIO [D] TALE

Peponi House

STUDIO [D] TALE

4. Cabinets up to the ceiling optimise available space; great solution for compact kitchens

5. The long bench transforms the kitchen into a multi-purpose room that can be used as a study

6. Wall-mount kitchen appliances like the microwave to free up the workspace

7. Integrated spaces are extremely practical and perfect for small homes

minimalistic Kitchen by Ferraro Habitat
Ferraro Habitat

Loft-Container 20'

Ferraro Habitat

8. Minimalist cabinets and good lighting open up this tiny kitchen space

9. The burst of colour complements the white and gives the space a wow factor

10. Recessed lighting is an intelligent solution for workspaces.

11. Black and white is a classic combination that works well even in kitchens

minimalistic Kitchen by Arquitetura 1
Arquitetura 1

Apartamento DE

Arquitetura 1

12. Integrated appliances is a good way to optimise space

13. Using colour in unusual places like the working bench adds a playful element

14. Stylish and modern, this kitchen is simple and functional

15. A breakfast bar is a great addition if you don't have enough space for a dining table

16. The mint and white colour palette visually open up this tiny kitchen

17. Simple and compact design solutions save this kitchen space

18. Cabinets up to the ceilings, in varying sizes, creates a dynamic environment

19. A super compact kitchen? This creative idea hides a small kitchenette in an attractive closet.

20. Pull-out cutting boards like these can be tucked away after use

scandinavian Kitchen by Schmidt Palmers Green
Schmidt Palmers Green

NEW! 2015 Kitchen: PORTLAND + ARCOS

Schmidt Palmers Green

21. Contrasting colours create a vibrant and modern atmosphere

22. Wood works like a dream with white, creating a harmonious and cosy atmosphere

23. The all-white colour palette and minimalist cabinetry makes the kitchen appear more spacious than it actually is

modern Kitchen by Txell Alarcon
Txell Alarcon

Devies Cook Company

Txell Alarcon

24. Pops of colour and interesting design elements make this miniature kitchen stand out

25. A wall-mounted dining table in the kitchen can double up as a working bench and saves a ton of space

26. Every inch of space is utilised here, including the area above the refrigerator

27. Multifunctional spaces and clever storage ideas are indispensable for small kitchens

28. Avoid visual clutter by opting for modern cabinet fronts that stick to clean lines

modern Kitchen by DecaZa Design
DecaZa Design

Cozinha Pequena Planejada

DecaZa Design

29. Sleek cabinets and clever lighting do the trick here

30. The narrow strip of lighting on the ceiling visually elongates the space while doing away with the need for hanging lamps

31. Bright colours and patterned walls add drama and flair to this small kitchen

modern Kitchen by Estúdio 12b
Estúdio 12b

Cozinha aconchegante

Estúdio 12b

32. For a rustic style, stick to neutral colours and lots of natural materials

country Kitchen by Cottage Style / コテージスタイル
Cottage Style / コテージスタイル

オリジナルキッチンと薪ストーブを中心にした使いやすいキッチン

Cottage Style / コテージスタイル

33. Hanging cabinets with glass doors look less bulky than conventional storage cabinets

34. If your kitchen is long, emphasise the depth to optimise space and ensure a feeling of spaciousness

  by Humanize Arquitetura
Humanize Arquitetura

Projeto de Interior para a cozinha do apartamento C|L

Humanize Arquitetura

35. A wall-mounted dining table doubles up as a working bench

36. Plenty of storage, kitchen appliances, a breakfast bar—who says a tiny kitchen can't have it all?

37. Bricks walls add an industrial touch and draw your gaze toward it

38. A breakfast bar doubles up as a pony wall separating the kitchen from the living room

39. Wooden cabinets and DIY elements such as wooden crates impart a rustic feel to this cosy kitchen

modern Kitchen by Estúdio 102
Estúdio 102

Bar Gourmet

Estúdio 102

40. Patterned floors draw your eyes length-wise and make the kitchen appear longer

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