While a small kitchen is not ideal or desirable in a lot of cases, it’s also not a reason to give up hope or feel down. The lack of space can become an incentive to come up with clever and unique design ideas which take full advantage of every little bit of space available. Your small kitchen could end up becoming a wonderful source of inspiration for others, just like these amazing spaces below are doing right now. Check out some of these cool features and interesting small kitchen layouts and let them inspire you.
A beautiful color does a lot for a space. This small kitchen didn’t use to look nearly as beautiful and as stylish as it does here. Prior to the renovation done by Flavio Castro of FC Studio it has cream colored cabinets, a gray countertop and an overall outdated and cluttered look. The new design drapes it all in a bright shade of turquoise. It’s also a lot simpler and more modern now and the glossy finish really makes this beautiful color pop.
It’s usually practical to have the kitchen placed in the corner when there’s not a lot of space to work with. This design for example was created by Lena Liseva for a small apartment located in Moscow. The kitchen is small and tucked into the corner, having its own little space but still feeling like a part of the living room. The design is minimalist and includes large storage cabinets with no visible hardware and a glossy light grey finish.
Sometimes the kitchen can get in the way, especially when it’s a part of an open floor plan or it opens up to another space that has a separate function. That’s why we really love the fact that this small kitchen can be completely hidden away. When not in use, it can disappear and remain concealed behind these stylish white doors. All you see it a big wall unit and that fits into this casual dining area quite well. This is a design created by Architects Andrew and Darya Zhlobich of Archistudio.
Another really cool design was created by Studio Bazi for a small apartment in Moscow. They built a custom closet made of oak wood which stretches along with one of the walls. It doesn’t look conspicuous at all until you open up the doors and you find the kitchen and the laundry hidden inside. It’s a very interesting way of incorporating a small kitchen into an apartment and making it easily accessible but also easy to hide away so the guests don’t see the clutter.
This is the interior of a stylish boathouse designed by studio Akb Architects. It serves as a holiday home and it’s a very casual and laid back space. As you can see, the living room and kitchen are combined and not in a typical way. The kitchen cabinets transition into a media console for the TV and become a multifunctional unit. There’s not a lot of extra furniture other than a couple of floating shelves.
Of course, some sacrifices have to be made when the kitchen is still small. There’s not enough space here for all the appliances and the workspace is limited. Still, there’s quite a bit of storage space and the design takes advantage of the corner space quite nicely. The color palette is also suited for such a tiny area. This entire apartment measures only 25 square meters.
Here’s another nice example of a kitchen that’s small but chic and stylish. We really like the square white tiles on the wall and the way in which they contrast with the wooden countertop. Also, the light grey cabinets have a simple contemporary design with just a hint of color. The lack of dividing walls throughout tis apartment allows all the different spaces to become interconnected.
The actual kitchen area itself is super compact but there’s plenty of open space around it. There’s very little counter space in between the hotplate and the sink but luckily there’s a drop-leaf table which can provide additional space when needed. The table looks like a sleek little island or a console when compact and is cleverly placed between the kitchen and the seating nook.
A kitchen island is greatly appreciated, especially when the actual kitchen is small. We love the compartmentalization inside this tiny apartment. The kitchen and the dining area occupy one side of the apartment and each have their own window. In between, there’s a custom unit which can be used as an island, extra workspace or as a sort of bar. There’s a beautiful pendant lamp hanging above it and this entire area is white, minimalist and welcoming.
This is the interior of a modern holiday retreat made from three shipping containers. It was designed by studio edwards and it’s very simple to say the least. There’s not a lot of colors inside and everything is designed with super simple and clean lines. The kitchen is especially interesting because the centerpiece here is a sculptural island with an irregular shape. It adds a lot of character to this space.