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Small Kitchen Ideas and Designs

Holiday Apartment, Porthleven
Holiday Apartment, Porthleven
Now Kitchens
Small is beautiful! It's the details in this holiday apartment in Porthleven that make all the difference. The kitchen is Masterclass Sutton H-Line (handlesless) in Heritage Grey with Oak accents on the handle rail and plinth. Solid oak shelving has been stained to match the other wood details and cleverly contrasted by industrial look lighting. The huge glass splashback in Decoglaze 'Aegean' really makes this petite kitchen stand out from the crowd.
Wimbledon conversion flat
Wimbledon conversion flat
Chris Murphy
Inspiration for a small contemporary single-wall open plan kitchen in London with grey cabinets, quartz worktops, ceramic splashback, stainless steel appliances, light hardwood flooring, no island, white worktops, a submerged sink, flat-panel cabinets, white splashback and beige floors.
Micro Home Annexe
Micro Home Annexe
StuartBarr Construction Design Renovation
Lucy Walters Photography
This is an example of a small scandinavian galley open plan kitchen in Oxfordshire with beige floors and grey worktops.
King's Heath Kitchen
King's Heath Kitchen
Honest Kitchens
A kitchen to show the clients love of colour in three show-stopping shades; Paint and Papers 'Plumb brandy' and 'temple', plus Farrow And Ball's 'Charlotte's Locks'. Painted flat panel with handle-less design and open shelving.
Contemporary Compact Kitchen, Edinburgh
Contemporary Compact Kitchen, Edinburgh
Kitchen Connection of Ascot (KCA)
This contemporary kitchen was designed and installed by KCA as part of a renovation of the garden apartment in a Grade II listed property in New Town, Edinburgh by Barclay Interiors. The project has been shortlisted for an International Design and Architecture award. As space was limited, the kitchen is built along one wall with two large windows to allow natural light to flow into the space. The light colour scheme ensures that the kitchen feels bright and also complements the overall interior design style of the apartment. Open shelving creates practical storage space, whilst creating an area to display objects and accessories that add personality to the kitchen. The polished white Macaubus worktops complement the light colour scheme whilst adding interest and the horizontal veining enhances the feeling of space. As the apartment is a luxury holiday rental, the kitchen had to be easy to maintain and highly durable so handleless, laminate cabinetry was chosen. To maintain the minimalist design, many of the appliances were integrated to hide them away with only the Siemens oven and induction hob on show. The kitchen cleverly conceals a fridge, washing machine and extractor, making this a compact yet highly functional kitchen. Photography by James Balston Photography.
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.
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.
Oak and Green
Oak and Green
Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens
Dug Wilders Photography
Inspiration for a small rural kitchen/diner in Other with a double-bowl sink, shaker cabinets, green cabinets, wood worktops, green splashback, glass sheet splashback, stainless steel appliances, light hardwood flooring, a breakfast bar, brown floors and brown worktops.
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.
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.
Randall
Randall
The Bristol Kitchen Company
Photo of a small classic l-shaped open plan kitchen in Other with grey cabinets, travertine flooring, no island, beige floors, white worktops, beaded cabinets and stainless steel appliances.
Project Aery
Project Aery
CCASA Architects
A compact but yet generous living, dining room and kitchen with big traditional sash windows allows for natural light throughout the space.
Design ideas for a small contemporary single-wall kitchen/diner in London with a single-bowl sink, flat-panel cabinets, grey cabinets, composite countertops, grey splashback, stone slab splashback, stainless steel appliances, medium hardwood flooring and white worktops.
Flat 2. Downton Avenue
Flat 2. Downton Avenue
Luxdon Properties
Kitchen area
This is an example of a small classic u-shaped kitchen in London with flat-panel cabinets, blue cabinets, wood worktops, white splashback, light hardwood flooring and beige floors.
Notting Hill Maisonette
Notting Hill Maisonette
Harriet Hughes Interior Design
This is an example of a small contemporary galley open plan kitchen in London with a single-bowl sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, composite countertops, white splashback, black appliances, light hardwood flooring, metro tiled splashback, a breakfast bar, beige floors and white worktops.
Kings Cross Studio Flat
Kings Cross Studio Flat
Philip Raymond Photography
Philip Raymond
This is an example of a small contemporary kitchen in London with flat-panel cabinets, grey cabinets, brick splashback, a breakfast bar, brown worktops, a built-in sink, wood worktops and black appliances.
KITCHEN / DINING | Shaker Cabinetry & Exposed Beams
KITCHEN / DINING | Shaker Cabinetry & Exposed Beams
Studio Mônty
The kitchen has been cleverly designed to maximise the space. The tall fridge/freezer unit has been dropped to fit the ceiling height and the corner unit houses a pull-out larder cupboard. Oak worktops and live edge solid oak shelving add warmth. The Ercol dining chairs are vintage, with new cushions upholstered in Christopher Farr cloth.
SW2
SW2
Alta London Design & Project Management
This is an example of a small contemporary u-shaped open plan kitchen in London with a belfast sink, flat-panel cabinets, blue cabinets, wood worktops, white splashback, glass sheet splashback, stainless steel appliances, light hardwood flooring, beige floors and brown worktops.
compact kitchen
compact kitchen
Wood Works Brighton
This kitchen just needed a new life line, so the existing kitchen was gutted and we modernised it up a bit. We added clever space saving storage ideas, and kept a very clean a fresh look. The end result is amazing and a great space to be in now.
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.
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.

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 89,715 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Harriet Hughes Interior Design and Sheffield Sustainable 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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