57 Beautiful Small Kitchen Ideas (Pictures)

Contemporary kitchen with peninsula soapstone counters, exposed beams and white shaker cabinets

This gallery features beautiful small kitchen ideas from a variety of design styles. These decorating pictures showcase different layouts to help you get the right look from a tiny space.

The small kitchen shown in the picture above has a refreshing combination of rustic elements and modern transitional style. The cabinets and walls are all white, and it also uses white marble subway tiles for the backsplash for that clean look typical of modern transitional style. The rustic weathered wood beams on the ceiling add more texture and personality to the space, making it look more interesting.

Small Kitchen Designs

With a small kitchen its very important to have a design that maximizes storage space and blends functionality and style. Here are some of the best ideas to use in your home:

 Use a slim profile island to enhance counter space

 Light color cabinets can help a tiny space look larger

 Remove small appliances from counters to cut down on clutter

 Hang pots on the wall or above an island to conserve cabinet space

 Mirrored glass on cabinets helps open up the space to give it the appearance of being larger

 Adds excitement through the use of accent colors and textures

 Taking the doors off the cupboards and painting the inside is another way to draw the eye to expensive glassware

 Elegant light fixtures can really enhance the look of a small space – try a small chandelier or mini pendants to give the room some pizazz

 Add a stove side dining space if you don’t have room for a traditional dining room

kitchen with overhang peninsula, dark stain cabinets and mini pendants

When designing a small kitchen, space and functionality must be carefully balanced through creative solutions. As KitchenDistributors points out, multi-functional furniture and appliances allow homeowners to optimize limited area. Compact all-in-one appliances take up less room yet still provide essential capabilities.

Islands with storage space integrated into the design serve multiple needs, but require dimensions of at minimum four feet long and two and a half feet wide to be practical. Through thoughtful planning, even the most modest kitchen can deliver outstanding utility.

Efficiently using the limited space, this design focuses on creating sufficient storage space with a good balance of sufficient preparation space. The dark oak veneers look gorgeous on the paneled cabinets and stand out nicely against the light yellow walls.

White soapstone counters and white mosaic backsplash balances gives a clean and bright-looking surface to the area as well. Since this design is U-shaped, one counter also doubles as a bar counter, mostly used for smaller, more casual meals.

Small gray cabinet corner kitchen with breakfast bar island and chandelier

This modern kitchen injects classic French elements and details into the design to give it that classic and romantic appeal. The open layout helps make it look spacious, while the combination of oak wood floors, white walls and light maple ceiling gives a very unique variety of finishes to the space.

The cabinets are modular, with a simple panel design, and are all finished in a light gray color and topped with white solid surface. To add a little flair, small details like turned leg posts for the kitchen island, wrought iron chandelier and antique French barstools on the other hand make the space look more chic and sophisticated.

Open kitchen with dining nook and bar

Simple yet refreshing, this small kitchen has the right balance of cool and warm colors. Light walnut floors are paired with light sage green walls with white moldings to create a fresh backdrop, which is a nice contrast against the red tones of the Mahogany cabinets.  Light cream stone tiles were used for the backsplash, and a similar color tone was selected for the quartz countertop.

kitchen with marble peninsula and gray hued cabinets

Classic paneled cabinets are given a fresh, modern look with a simple gray paint finish. The soft matte finish looks great and is very gender-neutral, making it pleasing to look at whatever color preference. To balance the dark and cool undertone of the cabinets, white marble was used for the countertop and backsplash, with additional help from warm lights.

kitchen with dark grain cabinets light countertops and porcelain tile backsplash

Tucked in a small corner of the home, this kitchen may be small but is not lacking in functionality and style. You will see the play on different textures in this space, mostly using grungy textures/patterns to create an industrial look.

The cabinets use laminates, which have a dark weathered oak finish to give that grungy texture and contrast it with smooth white solid surface counters and a stainless steel sink. On the other hand, the metallic ceramic tiles used on the backsplash seems to match the finish of the cabinets. One unique element would be the blackboard used as backing for the open overhead shelves.

Small Island Ideas

When coming up with ideas, the primary factor is available space. Here are some examples of how small kitchens are implementing islands in their layouts to provide extra space for food preparation, storage and dining.

kitchen with white shaker cabinets and portable wood island

A simple yet pleasing combination of three colors/finishes is what makes this kitchen design look really simple yet classy. The floors are black-painted wood, while the walls, ceiling and the entire cabinetry are all finished in matte white paint.

To add a bit of subtle warmth into the color palette, a light maple wood movable island counter was placed in the middle, along with matching bar stools with woven rush seats. Coupled with warm white lights, this design achieves a rather pleasing ambiance to it.

Cottage kitchen with window seat bench and white and distressed cabinets

This modern rustic space is a bit busy with its various colors and finishes, giving it a shabby chic vibe while maintaining that modern streamlined look. You will see that most of the walls and cabinets are painted in an off-white color, while the ceiling clad in wood slats are painted in light gray, matching the base of the island with white solid surface top.

There’s really much variety when it comes to the finishes in this space: natural stone floors, solid rustic wood bar stools, stainless steel mosaic backsplash, printed fabrics and gold pendant lamps, to name a few.

L shaped modern kitchen with island and thassos quartz counter

Despite the compact size of this space, it does not go short on style. With modern silhouettes and rustic inspiration, it combines that streamlined look with rough, rustic finishes to add more personality to the space. For this design with white walls and solid pine wood floors, the finish of the cabinet is quite unique.

Instead of more popular wood or plain-colored laminates, it uses rustic metal finish laminates instead, in a dark rusty gray color. To balance out that dark color, the countertop used is plain white solid surface Thassos quartz paired with sage green glass backsplash tiles.

There is also a large island with white sold surface top and sides, and a face clad with rustic wood finish vinyl. To match the look of the kitchen, metal bar stools were used and are accentuated with blown glass pendant lamps.

kitchen with adirondack birch quartz top

A modern transitional kitchen with a classic flair – simple white paneled cabinets paired gray subway tiles and gray quartz counters. The walls are also light gray, matching the finish of the island base. Adding a classic touch to this otherwise modern space is the wrought iron pendant lamps, which are a minor detail, but does a lot in setting the overall feel of the space.

Modern kitchen with island and two tone cabinets

Despite its smaller size, this design still looks bright and airy because it adapts an open layout, making it look more spacious. Adapting a modern transitional style, this design combines simplified panel cabinets with modern colors and finishes. The interior finishes are fairly basic: solid oak floors, off-white walls, and plain white ceiling.

For the cabinets, it combines three finishes: White paint, dark wengue, and ash for the island. The uniform use of beige quartz counters helps make the look more coordinated as well. The focal point of this design is definitely the island in which there’s a unique blown glass chandelier hanging right above and three modern red bar stools.

Modern kitchen with pattern backsplash

A glamorous design combining a minimalist color scheme with an interesting combination of textures. The architectural finishes were kept basic: white floors and ceiling combined with gray walls, to provide a flexible base for the design.

The most interesting feature of this design would be the custom mosaic tile wall which has a unique design made from glass mosaic tiles in different sizes, which produces a crystal-like effect. Because of the busy backsplash wall design, the cabinets goes for a simpler approach, using white laminated cabinets with matte black countertop for a simple and modern look. The kitchen island/bar area is also the same, and simply adds crystal pendant lights for added glamorous effect.

Modern kitchen with satin nickel 7 light chandelier and mazama hardwood flooring

Small, limited spaces should not be a reason to fear using dark colors, and this design is a good example. With the right combination and composition, you will still be able to produce great results. For this example, you will see that the space is limited, but it uses an open layout and large window/door openings to compensate for the size and make it look spacious.

Walls and floors keep basic light colors as well to balance out the black laminates used on all the cabinets and countertop. Adding to the unique look of this kitchen would the maple wood edgings on the cabinets and the solid maple beams on the ceiling and mazama wood floors, creating a subtly coordinated look on this modern design. An impressive satin nickel seven light chandelier is suspended above the island.

Contemporary kitchen with pebbled glass cylinder pendant lights and subway tile backsplash

Because the flooring of the space is very dark and bold, the design helps tone it down by using mostly white for its finishes. The main cabinets are all white, topped with white granite, and paired with white subway tiles.

The island, on the other hand, uses weather ash wood panelings and tops it with dirty beige granite for its counter. Because of the white color, it easily blends into any interior or furniture style, making it very flexible & stylish.

Small l shaped design modern kitchen with high ceilings

Modern minimalist designs tend to use only 1 to 3 colors in their color scheme, and this one is a good example. Modular cabinets are all laminated in perfect black, while its countertop surfaces use a combination of white quartz and gray quartz. Metal bar stools are also black, while the wood cladding on the columns helps add warmth and texture to the kitchen, as well as conceal wiring and other electrical components.

Small Kitchen Layouts

Your small kitchen layout should be configured in a way for maximum functionality and style. Positioning appliances and cabinets opposite of each other and opting for full-height cabinets are both great ways to get the most out of an area with limited space.

When designing a small kitchen, consider adding bar-style seating to maximize space, advises Kristin Hohenadel of The Spruce. Opt for a wheeled kitchen island sized appropriately for the room to maintain workflow. Alternatively, substitute an island with a movable work table. Banquette corner seating or a round, edgeless table maximize seating while allowing easy movement around a modest kitchen.

Dark cabinet kitchen with peninsula and mosaic tile backsplash

Homeowners should optimize kitchen layouts, according to Amanda Garrity, by repurposing undersized or difficult spaces. For example, transforming unused corners or unusual niches to gain more storage or counter area. Compact kitchen designs especially benefit from this savvy adjustment. Finding possibilities amid limitations helps households fully utilize existing square footage.

Placed in a small corner of the room, this semi-open kitchen is able to maximize available space for both storage and a sufficient preparation area. Paneled cabinets are painted in a gray color and topped with faux marble laminates for the counters and a white and gray mosaic backsplash. To create a cozy feel to the space, warm white light was used. This U-shaped kitchen also has a small bar counter surface for small quick meals.

Bright white contemporary kitchen in l shape design

White combined with light colored wood finishes produces a very light yet warm atmosphere in any space. It also makes for a very timeless look and is easily accessorized due to the neutrality of the palette. This is one such example. The small L-shaped kitchen has all-white cabinets and uses white marble for its countertop and backsplash.

Modern kitchen with brown cabinetry and small dining table

Clean hard edges combined with seamless finishes typical of modern designs are what this space is composed of. Light maple engineered wood floors and light gray walls offer a light and neutral background for the the whole kitchen, which makes selecting a color scheme for the kitchen a little easier.

For this design, natural, earthy tones are favored, using teak wood laminates for the cabinets and golden brown granite for both the countertop and backsplash. True to its modern design aesthetic, it also uses a combination of aluminum and stainless steel finishes, as well as the use of LED lighting to enhance the ambiance of the space.

Modern kitchen with stainless steel counter peninsula

Brushed stainless steel countertops add a very modern look to this small kitchen despite its use of paneled cabinets. The stainless steel counters provide a hygienic, easy-to-maintain, and smooth surface for food preparation, which makes it a very functional design aspect of the kitchen. The combination of gray cabinets and smaller black elements gives a subtle contrast and variety to the finishes as well.

Small u shaped kitchen with concrete counter and arabian black granite counter

For tight spaces, simple is best, and this design offers a good demonstration of that concept. Simple white walls with no moldings or additional decor, plain white cabinets with frosted glass doors on its overhead cabinets, and tops it with a gorgeous light beige natural stone with an additional bar counter using Arabian black granite. Minimally decorated with 2 pendant lamps, this small layout delivers function and a timeless style.

Modern kitchen with white lacquer cabinets and cone pendant lights

This kitchen is considerably spacious, mainly due to its very generous ceiling height, making it look bigger. Additionally, it also opted for a lighter color scheme, making it look extra refreshing and spacious.

For the cabinets, a combination of glossy white laminates and maple laminates was used, while the countertop & backsplash use a marble finish surface to achieve that elegant look of marble but retain a seamless finish. To add a bit more depth and color to the space. The lights used are warm white to give it a little more warm tone.

Small dark cabinet contemporary kitchen with peninsula

This small modern kitchen combines wood finishes with sleek modern finish to create this unique look. The dark walnut laminates of the overhead cabinets were combined with metal-framed frosted glass, helping you easily identify the contents of each door whilst hiding it from view as well because of the glass frosting. Since the laminate of choice is dark, a soapstone with light gray markings was used for the countertop and light beige ceramic tiles for the backsplash.

Small traditional kitchen with amber yellow granite counter and bronzed oak floor

Tucked in a bright corner of the room, this French style classic kitchen is elegant, functional, and simple. The room offers a very pleasing background finish of light yellow with solid mahogany floors, setting a subtle, warm ambiance. For the cabinets, French style cabinetry was used and finished with white to match the doors, windows, and moldings, while the granite counter was light beige to match the yellow tone of the walls.

Contemporary kitchen with wrap around peninsula and giallo fantasia granite counter

Despite being small, this kitchen manages to look elegant and classy with its beautiful choice of colors and finishes. Paneled cabinets are all solid Mahogany and have a nice satin finish, giving it a subtle sheen without being overly glossy.

The backsplash mosaic tiles and the Giallo Fantasia granite counters use the same color tones of beige and golden orange to make them look coordinated. Due to the limited space, the L part of the U-shaped design doubles as bar counters and therefore uses matching mahogany-framed bar stools with brown leather upholstery.

Narrow gallery style contemporary kitchen with dark cabinets

A simple gallery kitchen with very limited space maximizes its available wall areas for storage. Due to the limited space, modern modular cabinets are the ideal choice.

This example, in particular, uses dark oak laminates for its cabinets combined with light gray solid surface counters, creating a pleasing contrast of colors and a clean modern look. Adding a touch of color to the space is the printed rug on the floors, adding a small splash of reds and oranges to the space.

Small contemporary kitchen with calacatta carrara marble counter dark cabinets and edison lights

With a combination of grays and whites, this modern design space evokes a masculine vibe, perfect for industrial-style spaces or midcentury modern spaces. Contrast is the key for this space: ebony wood floors, light gray walls, and a similar combination for the cabinets, which is black cabinets paired with Calacatta Carrara marble counters.

Due to the limited space, the island not only serves as an additional preparation area but also functions as a dining table as well. Scandinavian style barstools with gray fabric upholstery were used as seating, and the mood is set with three industrial Edison style cage pendant lights.

Kitchen Cabinets

One of the ways a small place can be made to look bigger is through color. Painting your small cabinets white or another light-reflecting color can help give the appearance of looking bigger. Another tip is to remove the doors from some of the cabinets or install glass doors which will give the impression of a larger space.

Small cottage kitchen with green cabinetry island, glass faced cabinets and farmhouse sink

This small kitchen has a cute retro look with its choice of colors, finishes and even hardware. The quaint design uses two colors for its cabinets: a forest green color for the base cabinets and white for the overhead.

The main cabinets uses black granite for the counters while the island uses white soapstone for a softer look. The backsplash uses hexagonal mosaic marble, giving the classic material a modern update. For the lighting, retro metal pendant lamps were used, which look perfect with the metal barstools used.

Small cottage style kitchen with large butcher block island

Sometimes, basic colors and finishes work best for smaller spaces, and this one is a good example. While the walls are painted in a warm off-white color, the floors uses solid Teak wood which has a bold orange color, creating a really strong look.

So the cabinets help tone it down, using a matte white finish to the simple paneled cabinets. Adding a subtle variety for this would be the Mahogany butcher’s block countertop used on the island and the wengue finish of the barstool legs.

Small country kitchen with solid wood cabinets and rustic chandelier

A true classic Spanish style kitchen with detailed and intricate elements and motifs. The cabinets are all made of solid walnut, with paneled design and turned wood details for that true classic Spanish look. The warm walnut cabinets are complemented by the gold granite counters and the warm light from the wrought iron chandelier.

Small craftsman kitchen with u shaped design and juparana vyara granite

Warm tones dominate this small space, consistently using Teak wood on both floors and cabinets. The result is a polished rustic look, with clean strain lines and glossy finishes.

Because most of the room already uses warm-toned colors, the countertop and backsplash material used has a cooler color. The emerald green Juparana Vyara granite counter is a refreshing contrast to the warm tones of the teak wood, and gives a nice balance of colors.

Small luxury kitchen with island and bora bora beige quartz

For a soft and warm look, the wood finishes used in this kitchen are of lighter color and have soft grain patterns instead of thick & prominent grains. There are three wood finishes used, namely light maple, fruitwood, and light mahogany. Complementing these are Bora Bora white quartz solid surface counters for a clean surface, as well as white 3D tiles for the backsplash for additional texture.

Small Mediterranean kitchen with new venetian gold granite counter and travertine floors

Exuding warmth typical of classic kitchens, this example bring a balance of elegance and simplicity in this design. Warm tones are definitely favored all throughout this design. The walls are yellow and floors are Venetian Gold granite. For the paneled kitchen cabinets, solid teak wood was used with matching stainless steel hardware and classic plant motifs for additional details.

Small modern kitchen with gray quartz counter peninsula and white gloos cabinets

Limited space is maximized thanks to the modular systems cabinets used in this modern minimalist kitchen. It adapts an achromatic scheme for that ultra modern appeal, and combines different finishes.

The walls of the whole kitchen was clad with white glass subway tiles, giving it a unique glassy quality and a subtle pattern. All cabinets uses white laminates, while the countertop material of choice is black quartz to make it contrast with the other light colored surfaces.

Small one wall modern kitchen with rolling stainless steel island

This interior has a considerable large floor space, however, the space dedicated for the kitchen is very limited. In cases like this, simple is best, so a modern design aesthetic was applied in order to achieve an aesthetically pleasing space which is functional and able to maximize space. Modular cabinets with matte black laminates were used and topped with white marble and backsplash for a hint of classic.

Stainless steel was also liberally used through this design – a full stainless steel movable kitchen island and wall cladding for the cooking area. The color and material choice for this kitchen could be a little too “cold”, but the solid maple wood floors helps add warmth and a natural texture to the space in a very subtle way.

Small traditional kitchen with blizzard granite counters and windsor cabinets

Large windows help illuminate this small enclosed kitchen area, and help make it look bright despite the very limited space. White walls serve as a good background for the light cream-painted paneled cabinet doors which were paired with white granite and cream subway tiles for the backsplash.

Small traditional kitchen with peninsula and dining table with chandelier

With bright orange paint for walls, this kitchen would definitely be focal point of this room. The space adapts an open layout, but the kitchen area delineates itself from the rest of the room with its bright wall color and a ceiling drop, emphasizing the outline of the space.

Due to the limited floor area, kitchen cabinets were kept simple – dark mahogany laminates with dark brown granite countertop. It allowed space for a small bar counter area and enough storage and preparation areas.

Small traditional kitchen with white shaker cabinets and stone counter breakfast bar

This kitchen adheres to the basic color scheme of the house which is light gray and white. It uses simple paneled doors in white paint finish, combined with white granite countertop and unique gray and silver mosaic tiles for its backsplash which not only adds texture to the surface, but also a unique metallic shine.

Small transitional kitchen with moon white granite counter and breakfast bar

These cabinets were finished in dark oak to create the textured effect on the kitchen cabinets. The choice of finish is a little dark and bold, but the light gray walls and moldings helps balance everything out. Additionally, this kitchen also uses white granite and mosaic stone tiles with very prominent texture to add more personality to the space.

Small u shaped contemporary kitchen with wine fridge

A simple modern kitchen set-up perfect for small spaces with open layouts. This kitchen features modular cabinets laminated in walnut for the nice golden undertone and prominent wood grains which adds to the warmth and personality to the space. For the countertop, white solid surface keeps the surface clean, simple and seamless, perfect for its modern theme.
Small u shaped country kitchen with reclaimed wood accent wall and subway tile backsplash

Quaint yet lovely, this kitchen oozes with style and personality with its combination of finishes and elements. Simple versions of paneled cabinets were used and finished in plain matte colors – white for the overhead cabinets and light gray for the base cabinets.

The light color of the solid maple butcher’s block countertop adds a soft and subtle warmth to the surface, and looks lovely with the white subway tiles on the backsplash. Another interesting feature of the kitchen is the gorgeous accent wall clad with reclaimed wood, giving it a nice rustic look.

Small u shaped kitchen with black cabinets and white counter

Another modern kitchen design that effectively combines plain finishes with textured finishes to create a pleasing and balanced design. The modular base cabinets applied textured wengue wood finish, while its overhead cabinets uses plain white laminates with under grab for a clean, minimalist look. The solid surface countertop looks perfectly seamless and glossy, which contrasts the concrete textured backsplash tiles.

Small white contemporary kitchen with vaulted ceiling

Fans of Scandinavian style interiors will definitely fall for this minimalist kitchen. It has an open layout and a very simple color scheme which will definitely look great in pictures.

White walls with light teak wood floors and pale walnut wood slats on the ceiling serve as the base for the all-white kitchen. The modular cabinets were laminated in glossy white and topped with solid white surfaces for that ultimate modern look, matching the Mid-century modern interior.

Small white kitchen with wood floors and carrara marble counter

Following a simple version of a classic kitchen design, this kitchen manages to create a simple yet elegant kitchen design which perfectly maximizes the space and matches the style of the other parts of the house. The kitchen cabinets are all white and is topped with white quartz and paired with white subway tiles.

The cabinets stand out against the solid cherry wood floors well. The kitchen island also uses the same wood as the floors and topped with white marble for a nice contrast. Other elements include white molded plastic chairs and retro-style stainless steel pendant lamps.

Small white modern kitchen with island and view to patio

Another ultra modern kitchen ensemble which uses an all-white color scheme. This kitchen directly connects to a balcony through a large sliding door which helps provide lots of natural light into the small space. The walls are painted off-white while the floors are light maple for a soft and warm look. The cabinets are modular and laminated in white, topped with white marble to give that perfectly clean looking kitchen space.

Traditional kitchen with gray cabinets white marble counter and metal funnel pendant lights

This kitchen combines classic design sensibilities with modern finishing for a more updated feel. It follows the colors scheme of the rest of the house which is white and light gray, but uses 1 shade darker gray for the kitchen cabinet finish.

These gray cabinets are paired with white marble with flat nosing and white mosaic tiles with a pearly sheen to it, adding a unique texture to the wall surface. The kitchen island also serves as a breakfast table, with rattan-framed barstools in dark wengue and teak wood finish.

Traditional l shaped kitchen with carrara white marble breakfast bar island

The use of vertical slats and cross slats gives this simple kitchen that country barn feel, but is given a modern update by topping it with a creamy light yellow paint color to match the soft color of the walls. The result is an elegant and classic-looking kitchen space that looks unique and is very functional. These kitchen cabinets are topped with light gray soapstone, giving it a very soft and subtle color.

Traditional single line kitchen with island and dark cabinets

Even tiny spaces can have serious style. The small kitchen ideas shown in this classic design are composed of paneled solid wood cabinets in dark mahogany paired with a unique cream-black granite countertop.

The light color of the counters adds a nice yet subtle contrast to the dark cabinets. The cabinets stands out nicely against the light beige walls, and matches with other built-in furniture and the rich hardwood flooring. An attractive drum shade chandelier looks elegant suspended above the kitchen island.

U shaped contemporary kitchen with carrara white marble counter cherry cabinets

Taking a new approach on updating classic kitchens, this example uses radiant colors to give the space more personality and an upgrade on style. Combining dark wengue cabinet base with red-stained overhead cabinets, the rust is a unique color-blocked look.

Despite the two bold and dark colors, the white granite marble countertop and backsplash provide a nice neutral transition between the two finishes, balancing the whole look of the kitchen.

White contemporary kitchen with quartz counter and l shape design with island

It is safe to say that all-white kitchens easily blend into an interior, no matter what style the rest of the interiors adapts. The white finish makes it very versatile, even if the rest of the house’s color scheme change, and therefore has more longevity in terms of stylishness.

This one is a nice example of a simple white kitchen placed on light gray walls and ash wood flooring. The white brightens up the dullness of the gray surfaces and creates a very clean modern look despite the paneled design. White quartz is the choice for its countertop to give it a little sparkle, while the backsplash simply uses glass tiles in gray, which almost matches the gray color of the walls.

Beautiful cottage kitchen with white cabinets wood floors and marble counters

This kitchen might be small and simple but it really looks stylish and cohesively blends into the rest of the design of the house. White walls with light walnut floors and ceiling planks set the background for this kitchen.

The cabinets are simple paneled style painted in white and topped with elegant white marble. It has a small kitchen island with a built-in sink, a bar counter with upholster barstools and 2 pendant chandeliers suspended by rope to match with the rustic look of the house.

Contemporary kitchen with hickory wood floors, flat panel cabinets and subway tile backsplash

Another modular kitchen design with a very simple straight layout. This kitchen combines two finishes – horizontally-grained light walnut laminates and plain white laminates.

The plain white is used on the overhead cabinets, while the one in wood finish us used on the base cabinet and the pantry storage cabinet. It uses classic white subway tiles for the backsplash and white marble on the counter for an added subtle hint of pattern.

Contemporary kitchen with maple wood floors white cabinet and solid surface counter

Being the center of family gatherings, this kitchen takes center stage in the layout, making it the converging point of different parts of the house. Despite the limited space it has, the space available is well-maximized to anticipate the number of simultaneous users of the space. It also uses a classic combination of gray, white and black to create a more timeless look.

Contemporary kitchen with new venetian gold granite counter mosaic backsplash and dark wood cabinets

The height of the ceiling of this space was definitely maximized in this kitchen design. Overhead cabinets reach up to the ceiling, and divide the overhead cabinets into two door layers; the lower one is bigger for items of immediate importance and the upper cabinets mostly intended for storage of rarely used items. For the finish, it uses a dark Mahogany finish with prominent red undertones which gives a nice contrast to the cool-toned turquoise accent color of the space.

Contemporary kitchen with quartz breakfast bar and white and brown cabinets

Contrasts create a bold effect, most especially when there is less variety of finishes. This is a good example of such, as it only uses 2 colors for the kitchen: mahogany and white. The result is an elegant and classic look, but given a more modern twist by the use of more modern materials and silhouettes.

Contemporary kitchen with window seat blue green cabinets and snowfall granite counter island

Full of small kitchen ideas and going for a rustic nautical look, this kitchen uses paneled kitchen cabinets and paints them over with a very soft shade of sage green, giving it a cool and refreshing look.

Golden walnut floors on the other hand provide warmth and a more rustic ambiance to the space. For accessories, it uses striped fabrics and black wrought iron elements which are perfect for nautical style spaces. The beautiful window seat bench provides additional room to sit and helps give the room an inviting feel.

Contemporary kitchen with wood cabinets, open shelving and l shape

Clean lines and simplicity of modern design, combined with the rustic appeal of natural fruitwood give this small kitchen a unique look. Due to the limited space, one full wall was strategically dedicated for storage.

All kitchen cabinets have a simple paneled design and uses solid fruitwood to give a natural warm color with lots of personality because of the natural grains and knots in the wood. For a nice, clean surface, marble was the material of choice for the countertop and backsplash.

Small contemporary kitchen with peninsula and diamond white quartz counter

Being in a small living space doesn’t mean you have to go small in designing a functional kitchen area. This contemporary kitchen with peninsula features a diamond white quartz countertop, matchstick tiled backsplash, light tone flat panel wood veneer cabinetry, light tone laminate floors, modern pendant lighting fixtures, and stainless steel appliances. The peninsula provides more work space, extra storage and dining area.

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  1. I came here looking for ideas for my small German Kitchen. I had to laugh at most of the photos, you describe as small spaces. By German standards, any one of these kitchens would be considered moderately large! Lets try a kitchen that is seven feet, by eight. That is a standard small apartment kitchen here in Germany. I did get some ideas however. But please don’t call these “small kitchens”!

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