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Small Kitchen Ideas and Designs

blue steel
blue steel
Chalkhouse Kitchens
A sleek and modern take on this kitchen, designed for maximum functionality. Oak veneered blue steel doors make for an eye catching statement feature, framed in white for even more impact. The rest of the kitchen has a minimalist feel with pale, low cabinets and open shelving. Also featuring a pretty and practical alcove piece, making use of an otherwise awkward space. Here we worked with the owner to open up the doorway into the room to maximise views over Penarth Marina.
Crisp White Matt Lacquer
Crisp White Matt Lacquer
in-toto Kitchens
This white handleless kitchen from our in-toto Loft range sits perfectly in this Scandinavian inspired open plan kitchen/ living room. Installed within a converted flat situated in a period Victorian property it shows that modern styles can blend with a more traditional home with perfect synergy. This design also features Miele Pureline appliances in Cleansteel, Silestone worktops with a mitred downstand and a Quooker Boiling Water Tap to minimise clutter on the work surfaces and keep that minimalist appearance. Solid oak floating shelves have been added over the hob, utilising the space created by installing a downdraft extractor to maintain the open feel of the kitchen.
Gibson Gardens: compact London home
Gibson Gardens: compact London home
Emil Eve Architects
Mariell Lind Hansen
This is an example of a small scandi l-shaped kitchen/diner in London with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, no island, white worktops, an integrated sink, white splashback and medium hardwood flooring.
Sothend house
Sothend house
Neil Davis
neil davis
Photo of a small traditional kitchen in Other with grey cabinets, wood worktops, grey splashback, stainless steel appliances, a breakfast bar and multi-coloured floors.
The House of Sunken Furniture
The House of Sunken Furniture
Philip Raymond Photography
Philip Raymond
This is an example of a small contemporary open plan kitchen in London with flat-panel cabinets, light wood cabinets, wood worktops, beige splashback, wood splashback, light hardwood flooring, no island, beige floors and beige worktops.
Flint Cottage Kitchen
Flint Cottage Kitchen
Joseph John Ltd
Design ideas for a small traditional kitchen in Sussex.
Little House on the Quarry
Little House on the Quarry
Norman-Prahm architects
Inspiration for a small scandi single-wall open plan kitchen in London with a built-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, composite countertops, light hardwood flooring, no island, white worktops and a vaulted ceiling.
Twickenham
Twickenham
London Urban - Intelligent Construction
This is an example of a small contemporary grey and cream u-shaped kitchen in London with white splashback, ceramic splashback, white worktops, beaded cabinets, blue cabinets, granite worktops, a breakfast bar and grey floors.
Strass Everest Loft
Strass Everest Loft
Schmidt Kitchens Epsom
A clever U-shaped kitchen with Everest-coloured units from the Strass range and Black units from the Loft range. An eye-catching Nano Everest compact worktop with a black-and-white design and a Nano Black laminate worktop for the dining area.
Brewery Road
Brewery Road
GIQ Design
Inspiration for a small modern galley kitchen in London with a submerged sink, flat-panel cabinets, quartz worktops, white splashback, engineered quartz splashback, integrated appliances, ceramic flooring, a breakfast bar, grey floors, white worktops and white cabinets.
Orange is the happiest colour-Frank Sinatra
Orange is the happiest colour-Frank Sinatra
Idesign Interiors (SW) Ltd
Frank Sinatra was apparently quoted as saying 'Orange is the happiest colour' and I think that couldn't be more true when you look at the orange and copper tones in this recently refurbished kitchen diner. It wasn't the easiest brief, 'Scandinavian style meets 1970's retro' but thankfully we have combined our customers favourite things in this eclectic yet undeniably 'happy' space.
Townhouse - London
Townhouse - London
Stéphanie Coutas - SC Edition
Francis Amiand
This is an example of a small classic galley enclosed kitchen in London with a submerged sink, white cabinets, white splashback, stainless steel appliances, white floors, white worktops, raised-panel cabinets and no island.
Beckwith Road
Beckwith Road
Sheraton Interiors
Small classic l-shaped open plan kitchen in London with a belfast sink, grey cabinets, granite worktops, grey splashback, granite splashback, integrated appliances, dark hardwood flooring, an island, brown floors, grey worktops, a coffered ceiling and beaded cabinets.
Great Style on a Budget
Great Style on a Budget
Raumtastik
Design ideas for a small scandi l-shaped open plan kitchen in London with a submerged sink, shaker cabinets, white cabinets, wood worktops, white splashback, ceramic splashback, stainless steel appliances, laminate floors and a breakfast bar.
The Old Apple Store
The Old Apple Store
Hartley and Rose
Small country l-shaped kitchen in Devon with a belfast sink, flat-panel cabinets, dark wood cabinets, black appliances, medium hardwood flooring, an island, brown floors and white worktops.
Log Cabin Kitchen
Log Cabin Kitchen
Pia Design
Open plan kitchen living area in a log cabin on the outskirts of London. This is the designer's own home. All of the furniture has been sourced from high street retailers, car boot sales, ebay, handed down and upcycled. The kitchens is Howdens Trade. Design by Pia Pelkonen Photography by Richard Chivers
Woodbine Cottage
Woodbine Cottage
M&Y Interiors
Photo of a small rural u-shaped kitchen in Hertfordshire with a belfast sink, shaker cabinets, distressed cabinets, grey splashback, metro tiled splashback, black appliances, light hardwood flooring, no island, beige floors and black worktops.
Camden Mews Kitchen and cloakroom
Camden Mews Kitchen and cloakroom
PlaceDesign Kitchens and Interiors
Design ideas for a small contemporary u-shaped enclosed kitchen in London with flat-panel cabinets, grey cabinets, quartz worktops, multi-coloured splashback, marble splashback, stainless steel appliances, ceramic flooring, no island, grey floors, grey worktops and a submerged sink.
Battersea Apartment
Battersea Apartment
Clare Gaskin Interiors
Nick Smith
Design ideas for a small contemporary u-shaped kitchen in London with a double-bowl sink, flat-panel cabinets, green cabinets, multi-coloured splashback, marble splashback, light hardwood flooring, no island, beige floors and white worktops.
Interior Room photography- Kitchen 13
Interior Room photography- Kitchen 13
Kettle Co. Kitchens
Mandy Donneky
This is an example of a small classic u-shaped kitchen in Cornwall with shaker cabinets, grey cabinets, grey splashback, stainless steel appliances, light hardwood flooring, no island, beige floors, black worktops and mosaic tiled splashback.

Many homes in the UK have small kitchens or galley kitchens, but how do you make the most out of that space without spending lots of money building an extension? Be inspired with these small kitchen ideas, to help transform yours into something you can be proud of.

Making the most of your kitchen is particularly important when it is small. A kitchen isn’t a kitchen without the essentials like a fridge, stove and sink so at the very least, your small kitchen needs to have those. Purchase and install integrated appliances or slimline/compact versions to conserve space. When every little bit of extra space makes a difference, this one tip can really help. When it comes to choosing your sink, instead of going for a double sink, why not just have the one butler sink which is not only more practical in a small kitchen, but also very stylish.

Although many kitchens these days opt for an island, depending on the size of the room, this might not be practical. In a smaller kitchen, space is restricted so it’s more important to make sure the essential kitchen features are included in the design first.

Less working space also means less storage space. Rather than having more cupboard storage (which may not be possible) opting for open shelving may be one way to store pots and pans and other kitchen utensils. Shelving, unlike cupboards or cabinets, doesn’t take up floor space so is a great space saving way to store kitchen items. Open shelving is also a great way to display kitchen equipment while giving the illusion of more space. Avoid cluttering the shelves as it will have the reverse effect.

When it comes to styling and decorating your kitchen, your choice of colour can help to open up the space and give it a bigger feel. White always works to create a light, spacious contemporary feel whether in a large or small room. In small spaces, white is the best colour to use to make it feel bigger. It opens the space up and helps to make the room feel brighter. Other bright and energetic colours include yellow and orange, often used in kitchens.

Light is always a great way to make a room feel bigger. Whether it is natural light, or light from another source, using it effectively will make your kitchen seem larger. Adding lights under wall cupboards or at the base of floor units and using spot lighting is a great way to light up your kitchen. Let the sunshine in by keeping your window treatments to a minimum or not having them at all. If possible, adding a skylight and using glass doors will also help to bring more light into the kitchen to create the illusion of more space.

Other ways to make your small kitchen seem bigger is to use mirrored and reflective surfaces. The more light you can get into the room, especially natural light, the more spacious a room feels. Glass tiles, high gloss surfaces and mirrors can help to do this.

Use these small kitchen ideas and tips to inspire you and help you transform your kitchen, design something stylish and create more space.


Whether you want inspiration for planning a small kitchen renovation or are building a designer kitchen from scratch, Houzz has 88,946 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Clare Gaskin Interiors and in-toto Kitchens. Look through kitchen photos in different colours and styles and when you find a small kitchen design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful small kitchen ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.
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