29 Charming Compact Kitchen Designs

Compact modern kitchen dark cabinets and shiny mosaic tile

This gallery explores the world of compact kitchen designs. Small kitchens can be a challenge to balance style and necessity and still get everything you want in to a tight space. Here are some stylish and contemporary small designs to get your ideas flowing.

The kitchen shown above efficiently uses the limited space it has, maximizing storage without sacrificing a working area. It also has an interesting choice of finish. It uses mother of pearl tiles of the back splash and, interestingly, the counter top of the kitchen island. For the rest of the kitchen, it goes for a more modern minimalist style – dark wengue laminated doors and carcass with modern stainless steel pulls.

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Traditional kitchen in corner l shape limestone floors

Charming paneled solid walnut cabinets were used for this small kitchen, but given a modern twist by using a more modern material choice for the counter top and the backsplash, in addition to the bold orange walls.

Gray granite with plain profile was used for the counter top, while the back splash uses glass mosaic tiles in gray and white. Despite the small size, this design keeps that traditional country vibe going with its dark orange walls and walnut cabinets.

It even has a stucco finish sloped ceiling and accessories displayed on top of the overhead cabinets to complete the look.

Compact contemporary kitchen with light yellow cabinetry

Given the small space, this kitchen offers a unique layout. Cabinets in natural beech wood finish was place against gray walls making it stand-out from the dark background, while the kitchen island with dark walnut base and white solid surface counter top was placed diagonally instead of parallel to the main cabinet.

Compact kitchen with granite counter island, dark cabinets and mosaic tile backsplash

Modular cabinets are a popular and practical choice especially when you have very limited space. This kitchen uses modular cabinets with traditional design/profiles in mocha brown finish for a more modern look. This is paired with brown mosaic tiles and salt & pepper granite. Despite the small size, it manages to fit in a small island with a modular walnut base cabinet.

Compact kitchen with stone wall light granite and white cabinets

Going for a traditional vibe, this kitchen manages to fit in a faux stone oven by placing a niche surrounded by masonry stone cladding. The limestone masonry look great against the lime yellow walls and also matches the granite used on the counters. The kitchen cabinets are modular with traditional style profiles and hardware.

Dark wood compact kitchen with decorative wood island and stone work above range

Traditional kitchens often look heavy and space-consuming, but with right planning, you can make this style work even on small spaces like this example.

Natural stone floors with a neutral light cream color was used, and for the cabinets, it’s a combination of dark walnut for the main cabinets and wengue for the island.

The fridge face was covered with the same style as the cabinet doors to “conceal” it and create a more uniform surface. The design also manages to squeeze in a range hood cover clad with faux masonry and an island with a bar counter.

Compact luxury kitchen with complex granite counters two types of cabinets

Lighter colors were used in this kitchen to make it look more spacious and bright. It features a combination of light gray overhead cabinets and powder blue base cabinets with a unique stone countertop. The combination of colors look fresh and modern, giving the space clean lines and crisp edges typical to modern designs.

Small kitchen with bianco venatino marble countertops

This design combines modern aesthetics with rustic-inspired finishes. The sole cabinets have antiqued oak finish and uses plain white solid surface for a cleaner homogeneous surface. For the back splash, gray marble subway tiles were used adding a bit of texture and pattern to the space.

Small galley kitchen with white laminate counters

This compact space features two walls fully utilized with cabinets, efficiently using the limited available space. The walls have a nice shade of light sage green color, giving a cool background which also helps the Mahogany finish cabinets stand out.

Compact closed kitchen with grey cabinets and white countertops

A transitional modern space which uses a combination of grays to create this relaxed compact area. Walls were painted in a warm gray color which looks perfect with the gray cabinets. Completing the modern feel of the space is the white counters and white subway tiles.

Compact corner kitchen with barcelona granite countertops

Utilizing all available wall space, this kitchen was efficiently planned to be able to create a full functioning space with sufficient storage and work areas. The cabinets are solid wood in dark wengue finish and topped with classic granite counters.

Compact european style kitchen with farmhouse sink

Lilac is an interesting color choice for this modern design, giving it a cool and light feel. It looks perfect against the light gray walls, while the white solid surface and white subway backsplash tiles give it a refreshing modern retro touch.

Compact kitchen with glass mosaic tile wall backsplash, white cabinets, dark counters

This compact sized kitchen uses white painted cabinets, making it look plain &  simple, but the backsplash tile of choice compensates the plain surfaces as it has a combination of blue, gray and white hues, giving the space an interesting abstract pattern and texture.

Compact kitchen with pecan color hardwood flooring

Emphasizing the beauty of teak wood, the cabinets retain their natural color and simply oil it to add a soft sheen finish. The subtle red orange of the cabinets compliments the light yellow of the maple wood floors, while the plain white walls helps balance and tone down the wood finishes.

Contemporary kitchen with peppercorn white quartz counter

One of the advantages of having an open layout is that you will be able to use darker colors without making it look too heavy. The gray walls provide a nice neutral background for the Mahogany finish cabinets and the cream granite counter top.

Small kitchen with calacatta vagli marble countertops and peninsula

This kitchen goes for a classic country-inspired look. It uses cream finished cabinets for that “old”  look which matches the color used on the subway tiles. The countertop material is marble, giving it an elegant look appropriate for the overall design.

Small kitchen with dark laminate counter and white tile backsplash

Due to the limited space, this kitchen goes for a lighter color scheme. It uses all white cabinets with black solid surface placed against warm gray walls and white subway tiles. The light maple engineered wood floors adds a touch of warmth to the space, and helps make it look homier.

Small rustic wood kitchen with amber yellow granite counters

The ceiling of this space uses solid light oak, giving the interiors a country feel as it is paired with light gray  walls. As the ceiling is already busy with wood elements, the wood used on the cabinets simply matches the ceiling wood beams, creating  a well put-together look.

Small white kitchen with hardwood floors

Clean and modern definitely encapsulates the look this modern kitchen is trying to achieve. Mahogany floors and white walls provide a great background surface to the white cabinets. Gray solid surface was the counter top material of choice, giving a subtle contrast against the white subway tiles.

Apartment kitchen with dark slate counter

Despite the limited space, this compact kitchen manages to fit in the essentials, efficiently fitting in a large two door fridge despite the small space. To match with the modern architecture, the cabinets uses teak wood laminate finish and paired it with black granite counter top &  backsplash for a more seamless look.

Compact modern kitchen design

Maximizing the limited space available, the cabinets use the full height of the walls and uses it for additional storage. Teak wood laminates were used to give it a warmer feel but still keeping to the modern aesthetics of the space and for the backsplash and matching countertop Carrara marble was used giving it a simple yet elegant appeal.

Compact modern kitchen with white quartz counter

Clean, straightforward and very functional, this kitchen strips it down to essentials, using only essential pieces to complete this design. White was the cor of choice for both the walls and the cabinets, while the backsplash uses light cream granite, adding a very subtle color contrast.

Compact modern kitchen with carrara marble counters

Even with limited space available, this kitchen manages to fit in all the essentials, efficiently planning the kitchen to create an excellent workflow. It also utilizes one wall for a full pantry storage, giving you more room for worktops. Going for a modern contemporary look, base cabinets were laminated in dark Mahogany while the overhead uses white, making it almost blend against the white walls if not for its stainless steel handles.

Compact modern kitchen with white counters and brown cabinets

Compact kitchen designs with islands can be effective for food preparation and make an efficient work triangle. The small modern space with island features white solid surface corian countertops and dark brown cabinets. Floating upper cabinets and under island cupboards offer additional storage space for cooking utensils and pots & pans.

Small galley kitchen with sugar beige marble counters

A balance of classic beauty and modern simplicity, this kitchen has the right balance of both modern &  classic elements. Cabinets used are of traditional style in dark wengue finish which really stands out against the plain white walls. For the counter top, gorgeous slabs of white soapstone was used and paired with glass subway tiles for the backsplash with subtle yellow green undertones.

Traditional white granite counter kitchen

Going for a modern country look, this kitchen uses a simple cabinet profile painted in a flat white color. This was paired with white marble with prominent gray graining and white beveled subway tiles. This design looks like a timeless beauty which would look great in both modern and traditional style spaces.

Ultra white small modern kitchen

This U-shaped kitchen was able to avoid making it look smaller and stuffy by going for an all white color scheme. Even the appliances used were a white to keep the minimalist look and even tops it with elegant Carrara marble to add a little pattern without moving away for the color scheme.

White closed kitchen layout with neon backlight

Typical of modern kitchens, this design goes for an all white color scheme which proves to be beneficial due to the very small space and the absence of natural lighting. All cabinets were laminated in glossy white and topped with seamless white solid surface. It uses textured ceramic tiles for the backsplash to add a subtle touch of texture and pattern, while artificial lights were efficiently used to compensate for the lack of natural light.

Compact kitchen with contemporary design and wine fridge

This compact kitchen makes a big statement even with its smaller size. It features a contemporary design with limestone counters and peppercorn painted cabinets. There are also some high gloss white cabinets for a little contrast. Not to be forgotten is the large beverage/ wine fridge next to the stainless steel refrigerator.

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