10 Small Kitchens

Any gourmet would feel right at home in these 10 small kitchens. Smart layouts and clever storage solutions prove that small kitchens can be usable and beautiful.

White Kitchen With Off-White Tile Backsplash

Gourmet Minimalist

Few things are as helpful as good old reflective, expansive white when you are trying to make a small space feel bigger. Combined with high ceilings, stainless counters, a light-colored, mosaic -tile backsplash and a large window that floods the room with natural light, this small apartment kitchen feels anything but cluttered, even though its footprint is tiny. The sleek linearity of the space adds to the perception of roominess and functionality. Photo Credit: ivy style33

Industrial Style Kitchen

Waste Not

This entire kitchen -- oven, cooktop, sink, storage drawers and prep area -- is neatly contained in a large, boldly contemporary island situated smack dab in the middle of this open-design Amsterdam apartment. On one side of the island is a living area and on the other is a dining space. Multi-utility is the theme of this space. Even the range hood serves a dual purpose, doubling as a shelf for stemware and supplies. Photo Credit: Katie Lips

Modern Open Kitchen and Breakfast Island

Sleek and Chic

For this contemporary California loft space, Velvet Hammerschmidt Design of Santa Monica tucked a Bulthaup kitchen under a steel stairway that leads up to the second floor. The cooking takes place on the back wall while an 11-foot Carerra marble island does double duty as a prep area on one end and a kitchen table on the other. The island divides the kitchen from the rest of the living space while the towering ceilings, light wall color and reflective stainless provide an airiness. Photo Credit: Velvet Hammerschmidt Design

contemporary kitchen dark cabinets

Let in the Light

A U-shaped layout offers efficiency when short on space. This modified U places the refrigerator just out of sight on the right. A half-wall with countertop and stone base hides the workspace from the living area while letting light and conversation pass unobstructed. All the essentials for cooking and cleaning are within arm's reach. The horizontal drawer handles are long enough to double as towel racks and the large floor tiles make the kitchen look bigger than it is. Photo Credit: Haier

Galley Cottage Kitchen with Ceiling Lights

Cottage Casual

Here we have a pass-through galley kitchen designed in the classic schoolhouse style. Open to the dining room and a large sitting-room window on one side, the orderly space is well lit and uses light colors to create the feeling of roominess. Quintessential early 1900s flush-mount fixtures and a subway-tile backsplash extend the period feel. And there's even room for a desk and computer station on the near end. Photo Credit: JAS Design Build

Pull-Out Pantry Kitchen Storage

Country Cooking

Tasked with designing an easy-to-navigate work-space, Stephanie Young of Design Spectrum created a galley-like kitchen with cooking, storage and sink areas within a step or two of one another. A pullout pantry not only saves space, but also spares you the frustration of rummaging through a cluttered closet. The kitchen is equipped with a large sink, stacked modern appliances, rich floor-to-ceiling cabinetry designed for storage and targeted overhead lighting. Photo Credit: Kevin Scott / Design Spectrum

Luxurious Marble Kitchen

Marbled to Perfection

Galley-style kitchens can be wonderfully utilitarian, especially in apartments. But particular attention must be paid to the aisle -- both the walkway and the raised cabinets. Too narrow a space can make you claustrophobic. To avoid that pitfall, a wall of built-in cabinets flush with the large refrigerator were constructed at one end of this kitchen. A large window provides plenty of light to bounce off the bright white marble counters. The sink, oven and refrigerator are in an easily navigable triangle. Photo Credit: Sub-Zero

Bright White and Aqua Kitchen

Island Living

Clutter is the enemy, especially in a 675 -square -foot condo. A splash of aqua tile captures your eye and melds nicely with the tinted -glass wardrobe on the right and the overall white decor. A small island separates the kitchen work area from the apartment's living area while the blonde wood floor unifies the various spaces. Photo Credit: Jennifer Buktaw

Bold Purple Kitchen

The Color Purple

With a carefully laid plan you can tuck a homey, country kitchen into a small area. Creating the impression of spaciousness is the key. In this case, glass-front KraftMaid cabinets in a vanilla -bean glaze provide airiness while underside lighting removes many of the shadows. This apartment benefits from a large window that floods the kitchen with an abundance of natural light, giving the designer flexibility to incorporate darker colors, including a red oak floor, plum walls and green granite countertops. The kitchen is raised six inches and is separated from the living space by an \"eat-in\" bar that seats three. Photo Credit: Jennifer Dickert

contemporary eat in kitchen

Contemporary Cool

How do you fit professional appliances into a tiny space? Challenged by unusual angles and cramped quarters, these homeowners designed a narrow workspace footprint where every inch of space was an opportunity to be creative. Using blonde wood, stainless steel and spot lighting the kitchen has become an organic work of modern art. The table is a harmonious extension of the island, where the sink sits. On the left of the oven is a tambour door that rolls up to expose pullout shelves for the KitchenAid mixer and other appliances. Photo Credit: Martha & Michael Stano

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