One-Wall Kitchen Design

Get ideas and inspiration for one-wall kitchen design, and prepare to create an attractive and efficient design in your kitchen space.
White Traditional Kitchen With Exposed Brick Wall

White Traditional Kitchen With Exposed Brick Wall

This beautiful large kitchen from designer Bryan Reiss takes advantage of the present architecture with an exposed brick wall and arched leaded glass windows. The kitchen accents this beautiful wall by including a large copper range hood over its professional stainless steel range.

This beautiful large kitchen from designer Bryan Reiss takes advantage of the present architecture with an exposed brick wall and arched leaded glass windows. The kitchen accents this beautiful wall by including a large copper range hood over its professional stainless steel range.

If you're considering a kitchen remodel and space is a concern, you may want to give some thought to a one-wall kitchen design.

Innovative Solutions for Small Kitchens

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Add a Splash of Color

Small kitchens are prone to looking cluttered, even with very little covering the counters. Adding a bright splash of color to the walls or cabinets, as the Kitchen Cousins did here, moves attention away from the countertops and to the eye-catching accent instead.

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Create Visual Interest

Just because a kitchen is petite, doesn't mean it can't have pizzazz! Make the room more exciting by integrating vibrant accessories, like the coral bird cages in this teal kitchen. Go for pieces you can hang up rather than place on the counter. This will add visual interest to the room without taking up precious space.

Use Appliances as Decor

To maximize the space in your kitchen, consider choosing design elements that are multifunctional. This stylish chandelier from the BEST Sorpresa Collection, for example, is also a functional range hood. Image courtesy of BEST Appliances

Keep it Clean

Another way to use color to your advantage is to remove it entirely. By maintaining a clean, white palette in your kitchen, it keeps the room feeling open and airy. Plus, the monochromatic scheme naturally causes the eye to travel around the room, giving the sense of more space. Design by Rachael Franceschina

Miniaturize Appliances

If you're really looking to conserve space, check out downsized appliances like the GE micro-kitchen, expected to be in production later this year. This compact unit can house an array of scaled-down appliances, including an oven, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer and more. Image courtesy of GE Appliances

Re-Focus Attention

If your kitchen is tiny but lucky enough to have high ceilings, use this feature to make the room feel bigger. Place accessories, like the geometric mirror in this kitchen, as high as possible. For storage, hang your pots and pans on wall hooks and use tall, open shelves for dry goods. All of this will help draw attention upward, and give the illusion of additional square footage.

Minimize Space, Maximize Efficiency

You don't have to sacrifice luxury and style to save space. Choose appliances like the DACOR Renaissance Induction Stovetop — the flat design and retractable vent help maintain a sleek and streamlined look in your kitchen. In addition to looking stylish, the stovetop cooks with over 90 percent efficiency. Image courtesy of DACOR

Pick a Wall

Especially in an open loft, a great kitchen space-saving strategy is to simply pick a wall. In this layout, arranged by BEST Appliances, all features and appliances are lined up against one wall to maximize room for other living spaces. Bonus: integrating a stylish range hood, like this curved model from BEST's Sorpresa Collection, adds a decorative statement to the simple space. Image courtesy of BEST Appliances

Collect Cabinetry

In an undersized kitchen, storage can be hard to come by. Try to integrate as much cabinetry and shelving a possible by taking advantage of wall space. By choosing cabinets that are a clean, neutral hue, excess cabinetry won't feel overwhelming. After all, the goal is to conceal clutter, not create it. Design by HGTV fan Felt So Cute

Let the Light In

One of the best ways to make your kitchen feels more spacious is by making sure it's well-lit. Avoid dark draperies that will block out natural sunlight and choose plenty of stylish overhead lighting to keep the room feeling bright and open at any hour. Image courtesy of Hinkley Lighting

Especially when paired with a kitchen island, a one-wall design in a small kitchen space can be extremely efficient, offering one-stop shopping for all your cooking, cleaning and food preparation needs.

One-wall kitchens can often be found in homes where space is at a premium — condominiums, studio apartments and loft spaces come to mind. These spaces may feature an open plan that broadens the overall feel and generally makes the entire space seem greater — and one of the most common ways to achieve this goal is by incorporating a one-wall kitchen, utilizing the space efficiently and creating more room for storage or other purposes.

One way to increase the functionality of a one-wall kitchen is by adding a kitchen island or counter-height table to the design. Either of these two options can add an extra work surface to the kitchen, key for food preparation or extra seating for guests. The kitchen island will generally be the more versatile of the two options, as it can often also incorporate drawers, cabinets or shelving for extra storage. Adding a larger island, especially if it features a sink or stove, can effectively transform a one-wall kitchen design into a galley kitchen design. This creates even more efficiency by replicating the "work triangle" that's so coveted in kitchens, featuring easily interworking spaces for the stove, sink and refrigerator.

If the one-wall kitchen design you're considering allows for it, consider maintaining space between the various work triangle elements of your kitchen. This way, you'll have room for food preparation or other tasks, as well as any "task overlap."

One space-saving suggestion for a one-wall kitchen design is to consider featuring open shelves. Leaving doors off of cabinets can create a more spacious, breathable kitchen design, an element that will be particularly important for the tight quarters of a one-wall kitchen.

Another great addition to a one-wall kitchen is a table that does double duty as a work surface and dining area. A table with the right height — and flexibility in terms of number of seats — can function as a food prep area, a kitchen table, and a dining room table.

Lastly, consider adding some design and decor flourishes to liven up your one-wall kitchen design. Backsplashes in mosaic or other colorful tile designs can be effective and, because of the small space, relatively inexpensive. Pops of color can be added via countertop accessories, curtains or seat cushions to create a welcoming and lively one-wall kitchen design.

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