One-Wall Kitchen Ideas and Options

Transform a one-wall kitchen into a unique space with these design ideas.

White Modern Kitchen with Dark Gray Tile Backsplash

White Modern Kitchen with Dark Gray Tile Backsplash

This large and spare modern kitchen features bright white cabinets and a dark gray tile backsplash.

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Ingvald kaldhussA|ter

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

A one-wall kitchen is as simple as it sounds. Common to apartments and lofts, the one-wall kitchen relies on a single wall to house cabinets, appliances and countertops, making it an ideal option for a small area.

Art-Inspired Kitchens

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Ornate, Artistic Details

This pink and gold formal kitchen shines with traditional detailing. The exposed stone wall in the old-fashioned dining area serves as a soft backdrop for the pink hues throughout the room. The chairs echo the soft curves of the cabinet and mantel molding, and the mantel provides a beautiful place to display artwork. Subtle lighting also sets the mood for the space. Design by Dave Stimmel

From: Dave Stimmel

The Kitchen as Art

This kitchen is a piece of art. The hand-painted custom tile mural forms a backdrop and gives the space a whimsical feel, while the granite countertops and French limestone floors keep it classy. Design by Estelle Jaivin

Kitchen Display Cases

This classically elegant space features a floor-to-ceiling hearth surrounding the cooking area, which becomes the focal point of the room. On each side, glass-door cabinets, complete with soft, built-in lighting, beautifully display artwork. White linen cabinets with a chocolate glaze, along with cherry islands in a light mahogany stain and walnut glaze, create a comfortable, classic room. Design by Peter Ross Salerno. Photo by Peter Rymwid Architectural Photography

Museum-Worthy Kitchen

With the combination of stained exotic woods and hand-painted combed faux finishes for the custom cabinetry, this kitchen is a work of art, reflecting the tastes of contemporary art aficionados. Photo by David Duncan Livingston. Design by Lou Ann Bauer in San Francisco

Open Shelves in the Kitchen

Open shelves display handmade Italian pottery in this elegant yet rustic kitchen. Details throughout the room also add to the artistic feel, such as the carving over the sink and the decorative door frame. Design by Linda Applewhite

Visual Appeal

This contemporary space has a very artsy feel to it. The unique pairing of interesting hardware and colorful cabinetry creates visual delight, and the variety of colors adds to the interesting atmosphere. Photo by David Duncan Livingston. Design by Lou Ann Bauer in San Francisco

French Bistro Kitchen

The cabinets in this kitchen have a crackle finish, giving the space a French bistro look. The hutch is backed in the same fabric as the valances and is equipped with built-in lighting, making it the perfect place to display wine glasses, pottery or other artwork. Design by Sharon Southall in Virginia Beach, Va.

Showcase China and Crystal in the Kitchen

This elegant and timeless kitchen features luxurious custom cherry cabinetry, dental crown moldings and polished black countertops. Lighted glass cabinets and open shelves are perfect for displaying china, crystal and pottery. Design by Helen Richardson

Collectibles Deserve to be Seen

This cozy kitchen is full of charm and personality. Lit, double-sided mullion glass cabinets allow collectibles to be enjoyed from the kitchen and the adjoining breakfast room. Photo by Ric Marder. Design by Ken Kelly in New York

Year-Round Exhibit

This kitchen has plenty of counter space and plenty of display space in the beautifully lit detailed glass cabinets. The diamond-tiled backsplash is the perfect visual addition, and the large windows provide natural light. Photo by Greg Epstein. Design by Mary Broerman

From: Mary Broerman

When designing a single-wall kitchen, be sure to properly consider how you will move around the space. In all likelihood, you'll be incorporating a countertop, refrigerator, stove and dishwasher. That means you will want to consider the route you will most likely take to use these various areas and appliances. For example, it makes sense to place the dishwasher next to the sink for easy loading.

One-wall kitchen designs can incorporate a wide range of color palettes and textures. For example, consider pairing dark wood cabinets with white marble countertops and a stylish gray backsplash. You can also choose white cabinets, green granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

Modern variations of a one-wall kitchen layout include a kitchen island, allowing for a galley-style walkway between the wall and island. Use kitchen island cabinets for storing large appliances and other kitchen items.

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