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15 Small Kitchen Designs You Should Copy

By on Aug 25, 2020
15 Small Kitchen Designs You Should Copy

Living with a small kitchen shouldn’t be difficult, as you can always find clever tips that show you how to make the best use of a tiny space. However, making a small kitchen efficient is one thing; making a small kitchen look stunning is another. Oftentimes, amazing kitchen designs featured on home remodeling websites or magazines are for medium to large sized kitchens. Hence, when it comes to creating a functional and stylish small kitchen, most get frustrated.

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You’re not alone. A beautiful, efficient small kitchen is certainly a design challenge. Just imagine how many elements go into that tiny area and how hard it is to keep the smallest, yet most hectic place in a home tidy and neat. 

Well, just because designing a compact, efficient and stylish kitchen is tough, that doesn't mean it can’t be done. I collected 15 spectacular small kitchen designs that tie functionality and beauty seamlessly together.

Get inspired before your next small kitchen remodel.

All White Kitchen

As I mentioned in 11 Small Kitchen Ideas That Make A Big Difference, when dealing with a tiny kitchen, you’ll never go wrong with white. Yet, while an all-white design undoubtedly adds a spacious feel to the room, some worry it will leave the heart of the home lifeless.

In fact, you can always bring an all-white kitchen to life with a dash of color like this homeowner did. And I’m sure the colorful kitchenware won’t cost more than $200.


An all-white kitchen can sometimes feel gloomy and claustrophobic if it can't get enough light. Fortunately, this homeowner made a smart call by adding a skylight to the kitchen. Now, look at the kitchen. Ample natural light floods through the skylight, reflects on the white surface and totally opens up the space.

The national average cost of installing a skylight is $1,449. It may sound like a luxurious addition, however, given that a skylight can help save money on electrical lighting, it will certainly pay off in the long run.

Dark Kitchen Design

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Despite the fact that white and light colors can make a small kitchen look bigger, this homeowner decided to take a bold move with dark tones. Surprisingly, the dark palette makes this kitchen seem roomier rather than smaller.

The glossy, black backsplash is the key element leading to this successful small kitchen design. By tiling the backsplash horizontally, the homeowner not only widens the small, narrow room, but also creates a sense of depth to the tiny space.

Nonetheless, the dark color scheme is not for every small kitchen. There are a few elements you need to consider, such as your lighting and kitchen layout. As a result, it’s better to consult with your local designer before copying this style in your kitchen.

Vertical Lines

Small kitchens don’t have to be boring. Take this playful kitchen for example. You can always add bold patterns to your small kitchen; as long as you live by the rule, think vertically. Vertical stripes lead your eyes toward the ceiling, providing an illusion that your space is taller than it really is. 

White Marble Backsplash & Glass Upper Cabinet Doors

The white marble backsplash blends seamlessly with the glass-front upper cabinets that can take your eyes up and creates a feeling of height. The best part is that the luminosity helps reflect incoming light, turning a cramped kitchen into a spacious and inviting place. 

Venetian Plaster Small Kitchen Ceiling

We all know that a high ceiling can make your small kitchen appear larger. However, raising ceilings is a major renovation that will cost a fortune. If you’re not ready to break the bank, here’s a design trick you can do. Simply add Venetian plaster to your ceiling. Its polished finish can help reflect the light, visually raising your ceiling.

Want to make a design statement? You can easily add a touch of Mediterranean to a your small kitchen by choosing a blue Venetian plaster.

Diagonal Small Kitchen Flooring

If you live with a narrow, galley style kitchen and want it to seem wider instead of taller, then this is the flooring style you need to copy. No matter what flooring type you like, whether it’s tile or wood, just remember to lay your floors diagonally. Diagonal flooring can fool your eyes and visually expand your floor area.

Ready to give your small kitchen floors a new look? Consider hiring local contractors to make sure it’s done correctly. 

Hide Kitchen Appliances

A kitchen can’t live without appliances. But sadly, appliances are usually the main reason a small kitchen looks so disjointed and cluttered. That’s why the use of concealed appliances is gaining steam among small kitchen owners. Simply disguise your appliances with panels that look like your kitchen cabinetry (as shown in the image). This way, you can give your small kitchen a clutter-free and streamlined appearance.

 Stainless Steel Appliances

You don't need to hide your appliances if they're all made with stainless steel. Like Venetian plaster, the shiny surface of stainless steel can reflect the light and give the feeling of more space.

Merge Into A Bigger Room

Not everyone can afford tearing down the wall when doing a kitchen remodel. But seriously, if your home structure and budget allow it, don’t hesitate to integrate your small kitchen into the room next to it. An open plan layout is the most useful way to maximize a small kitchen, especially for those in urban studios. Not only will the adjoining room look like a natural extension of your cooking area, but you can also borrow storage space. 

Thin-Leg Kitchen Island

Many homeowners see kitchen islands as a big no-no in small kitchens. But that’s not true. A well-designed small kitchen island can serve multiple purposes and will only take up a little space.

This stainless steel island cart, for example, allows you to tuck it away when it’s not in use. Even if you prefer to leave it there for extra counter and storage space, its sleek design can maintain the airy feel in your tiny kitchen.

Dual-Purpose Cabinet

If you think a kitchen island is a BIG commitment, maybe this DIY dual-purpose base cabinet will fit your needs. By simply swapping out the top with a chopping block, the cabinet can double as storage, as well as a food prep station.

Of course, you would want the cabinet to roll, so you could move it around when cooking. However, there are a variety of ways to attach wheels to a cabinet, but each method will only work with certain types of cabinets. As a result, before you start, make sure you consult with cabinet pros or read the instructions first.

Floor-to-Ceiling Storage

The lack of storage space always results in a messy countertop, making your small kitchen feel crowded. To maximize your kitchen’s storage potential, install a floor-to-ceiling cabinet. Based off our data, it will cost you approximately $4,063.

This homeowner took a step further by replacing all the wood cabinet doors with frosted glass. Frosted glass helps add an open feel to your small kitchen while keeping the cabinet clutter out of sight.

Appliance Garage

Look closer. Do you notice the best part of the kitchen? Yes, an appliance garage that comes with a slide-out tray! I have to say, this is one of the smartest storage ideas I’ve ever seen. For one, borrowing space between wall studs is very clever, as it won’t take up any of your precious real estate or counterpace. Furthermore, it lets you hide small appliances you don’t often use, such as the stand mixer, to keep your counter clean.

Most importantly, whenever you need the appliance, you can simply open the garage door and slide it out. What an effortless design! Given that some small appliances are too heavy to carry, this storage idea absolutely comes in handy.

Built-In Cutting Board

Here comes my last (but not the least) design tip for small kitchen owners. Stop using a traditional countertop chopping board. It's time to tuck the board under your countertop and save more work surface.

This cutting board drawer that features built-in silverware storage offers so much functionality. With all of your silverware stored right beneath the cutting board, your food prep will be efficient and fast!


Your kitchen may be short on space, but not style. Don’t let the lack of square footage stifle your creativity. With these thoughtful design ideas, you can create a stunning kitchen without losing its functionality. Before you know it, your neighbors will be requesting open houses to see your awesome small kitchen design.

Have you remodeled your small kitchen? Share your kitchen remodeling stories and photos in the comments section below. We love to get inspired by our fans.

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