56 fabulous small and tiny kitchen ideas and designs that are simple, functional, beautiful and make you realize you don't have to overthink compact design for any room in the home including the kitchen.
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This is a homey and warm small kitchen that has a combination of black walls matching with black metal chairs paired with brown wooden floating shelves and table. This table serves as the kitchen peninsula as well as a breakfast bar adorned with large wall-mounted mirrors on the side.
This gorgeous kitchen features a single wall counter and a large center island featuring a granite countertop and has space for a breakfast bar. On the side, the kitchen features a black wall and multiple built-in shelving.
Gorgeous white and black small kitchen with white subtile wall next to brick wall. Black countertops contrast nicely with white cupboard faces.
Small yellow kitchen with loads of cabinet space. Extra light emitted from the skylight. I don’t care for the beige backsplash – should be white.
Just for fun… the ultimate tailgating kitchen. It’s the rear hatch kitchen for a teardrop camping trailer.
Modern small kitchen with dark wood flooring and green backsplash set against white cabinets and white ceiling.
Tiny white minimalist kitchen with wood countertops. White and gray hexagon tile backsplash adds an interesting texture to the space.
Tiny l-shaped white kitchen with green baseboards in an apartment. Small wood peninsula breakfast bar separates kitchen space from apartment entry.
Cozy white kitchen in condo with wood countertops and stainless steel appliances. This has everything you need including a decent amount of counter space for such a small kitchen area.
Long and narrow la-shaped kitchen newly renovated with white cabinets, yellow accent wall, stainless steel appliances and wood flooring. Again, I’m not a fan of the beige countertops, but I love the ruby red backsplash.
Modern blue and white u-shaped small kitchen with window above the sink.
Fabulous tiny white kitchen with black and white checkered floor and check out the built-in mini pantry along the opposing wall… brilliant design. The interior designer did a great job here with this kitchen renovation project.
Small single wall with island kitchen with plenty of light natural wood and stainless steel appliances.
Isn’t that cute and cozy? Tiny, tiny, tiny white modern kitchen with dark gray countertops and black appliances. I think only one person can cook in that kitchen at a time.
Cave-like small kitchen with a decently long breakfast bar. Not the smallest kitchen in our collection of small kitchen images, but it’s fairly small and gives you a great idea of what you can do in a smallish kitchen space.
Single wall contemporary kitchen with white cabinetry. Dining area directly in the kitchen space so it’s very efficient and also looks great.
The wood countertop and checkered backsplash make this tiny kitchen a winner. I’m not too crazy about the engraved cabinets (shaker style would look better) but the black and white backsplash and floor look amazing.
White and black small kitchen with tiny peninsula off of which extends a cozy black dining table for 3 people. Living room adjacent to the kitchen – overall nice open concept living space.
Small red modern kitchen in an apartment. Like many apartments, there isn’t a great deal of room for a kitchen. Here’s an example of a very small design that pops with red.
Small single line gray kitchen with a small kitchen table with seating for four people.
This is one of my favorite compact kitchens on this page. I like that metallic blue with speckled black backsplash. Look at how the part with sink curves outward. It’s a great design with plenty of storage.
This is a small kitchen located beside the staircase with glass railings. You can see here that the kitchen has consistent wooden tones on its cabinetry and peninsula making the black tones of the appliances stand out.
This is a narrow and small kitchen with modern and sleek white cabinetry on both sides paired with white counters and a white backsplash to be contrasted by the royal blue tone of the far wall and the ceiling.
27 Clever Small Kitchen Tips (with Photo Examples)
Above is our full gallery showcasing many small and tiny kitchen photo ideas. Below is what we call our “Tips” section where we provide commentary on a wide array of compact kitchen designs to illustrate tips for small kitchen design.
1. Place storage along walls as much as possible
Okay, this isn’t exactly a small kitchen, but it does illustrate a good small kitchen tip and that is to add storage and even wall ovens to unused wall space that encroaches beyond the kitchen space. This can work in apartments or small homes.
2. Create space saving dining areas
Classic u-shaped small kitchen. Peninsula is used efficiently with simple elevated breakfast bar. For a small space, this offers plenty of surface area.
3. Add surface areas that don’t impede use of the space
This is a great idea. Look at the simple chrome breakfast bar added to this small single wall kitchen. It uses hardly any space, doesn’t get in the way and looks really good.
4. Go tiny if necessary and make it work
I think this tiny kitchen design is smaller than the kitchen we had in our mid-size RV this past summer. BUT, it will keep you fed. I do think the blank walls are a big waste of space though.
5. Flush mount cabinets to retain space
Notice the flush-mounted cabinetry which is a great space-saving technique for kitchens. Without it built-in (i.e. flush to wall), that entire bank of cabinets couldn’t be included. Another very cool design tip here for small spaces is the under lighting at the floor. It adds an extra lighting element that makes the space more interesting and distracts from the fact it’s small. This is definitely one of my favorite small kitchen designs for so many reasons.
6. Turn a single wall design into an l-shape layout
L-shape corner kitchens are great for small spaces because you actually get plenty of working space in a small space. It also offers a small open area for a dining table or even small island.
7. Add curves
Most people aren’t going to splurge on a custom curved design like this for a small kitchen, but it does give you an idea of just how creative a smaller kitchen can be.
8. Use glass-faced cabinets for the perception of more space
Another classic u-shape kitchen. A good tip here is how using glass-faced cabinets make it appear just a bit bigger.
9. Add excitement and energy with splashes of bright colors
Hot pink… BOOM. The takeaway: add splashes of color to a small kitchen to give it some excitement. Hot pink maybe not for everyone, but yellow, green, red and blue in moderation can look fabulous. Source: Modify Your Space.
10. Fit in cabinets and additional surface areas (i.e. simple peninsula)
Another great (better?) example of how a splash of color enhances small spaces. I love this apartment kitchen. Another good tip is the simple breakfast bar added… it gives it a fuller kitchen lool. Source: Modify Your Space.
11. Go for single peninsula instead of single wall to accommodate more people
Okay, this is the bomb small kitchen. The entire thing is a peninsula jutting out in the middle of the room. Normally this style would be against the wall, but this is in the middle of the room. This way you can have two or three people working here on each side. Notice the lone stool at the end… I love that. This is a very cool small kitchen.
12. Balance counterspace with upper cabinetry
I have a love/hate relationship with this design. I applaud the decent amount of storage (i.e. cabinets) for a small space. However, I think those uppers would get in the way when trying to work on the counter. An easy solution would be a small mobile kitchen island or butcher block in the middle. Takeaway: If you have open middle space, get a butcher block or small kitchen island.
13. Go light and bright to make it look bigger
Light = perception of more space. Imagine this beautiful tiny kitchen in dark gray or dark brown. It would look so much smaller. However, the light wood and backsplash make it appear bigger than it is.
14. Commercial grade with stainless steel throughout
A single wall compact kitchen example that’s nothing special in layout but is very cool with respect to materials – lots of stainless steel make this compact kitchen a highly functional design.
15. Just because it’s small doesn’t mean it has to be plain – invest in a backsplash for example
This is a nice small traditional kitchen. It’s special because of the attention paid to the backsplash. Even though the backsplash is small, it makes this kitchen just a wee bit better.
16. Use the entire kitchen as an accent piece for the entire living space
Compact kitchens lend themselves to be bright because in an open concept living space, the bright colors liven up the overall space. Here is an example of high gloss acrylic finish in a fuschia.
17. Incorporate clever space-saving ideas for eating and working (or both as the kitchen blow does)
Now we’re cooking with gas. Some clever designer added a cute dining table in the space. Space saving techniques like this are cool (I think).
18. Make it pop with your backsplash
Here’s another example how the backsplash can dramatically improve the kitchen.
19. Have a single-wall layout? Add an island
Big TIP here and that is whenever possible with a single line kitchen, add an island. You almost double your storage and workspace.
Back to that tip about adding an island to single wall kitchens… put an elevated breakfast bar on that island to create a small dining area. Boo ya!
20. Better yet, make it a u-shape for more storage and work space
This is an example of a minimalist kitchen design in a tiny space. I’m not wild about it, but I can appreciate the design.
21. Save more space overall with a washer/dryer hybrid in the kitchen
I can’t put my finger on this example as to what’s so special about it, but I included it because I think it’s a great looking compact kitchen that just plain works. Oh yeah, it doubles as a laundry room which is can work in tiny apartments or condos. I’d take a washer/dryer combo in the kitchen over having to walk to some basement laundry room or laundromat.
22. Most l-shaped small kitchens can fit an island
Pretty standard fair here. Doesn’t look all that small because of the tall ceiling plus the island adds plenty of “workable kitchen space”. Overall, this is an example of terrific small kitchen design.
23. Add windows and skylights to make it look so much bigger (and it’s so much more pleasant)
Ahhh, one of my favorite tiny kitchens. I love those minimalist wood cabinets… but what really makes this special is the simplicity and the window. Notice how much the window enhances this tiny space.
24. Go looooong – use up that wall space even if a single wall layout
Have a long wall, why not make a long single wall kitchen. I’d take a long kitchen over not so long. Yet, because the entire kitchen is pretty much along one wall, it takes up very little space.
25. Opt for small even in larger spaces for enhanced flow throughout the home
Interesting concept here. Actually a bit of a waste because that space could actually accommodate a large kitchen. I’m not sure creating a compact kitchen in a large space is the best way to go, but it does create a nice flow in the overall great room design.