50 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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What qualifies as a small kitchen?
A small kitchen is defined as one being 70 sq. ft. or smaller (approximately).
Small Kitchen Statistics
We analyzed 581,968 kitchens according to size and concluded that 8.08% of kitchens fall in the small size range. Here’s the chart.
Small Kitchen Ideas
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Small l-shaped kitchen with contemporary wood cabinets, open upper shelving and white backsplash. Includes half-fridge and miniature range.
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.
Tiny white kitchen with black countertops and breakfast bar peninsula that accommodates two kitchen bar stools.
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.
27 Clever Small Kitchen Tips (with Photo Examples)
Above is our full gallery showcasing many small and tiny kitchen photo ideas for 2019. 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
2. Create space saving dining areas
3. Add surface areas that don’t impede use of the space
4. Go tiny if necessary and make it work
5. Flush mount cabinets to retain space
6. Turn a single wall design into an l-shape layout
7. Add curves
8. Use glass-faced cabinets for the perception of more space
9. Add excitement and energy with splashes of bright colors
10. Fit in cabinets and additional surface areas (i.e. simple peninsula)
11. Go for single peninsula instead of single wall to accommodate more people
12. Balance counterspace with upper cabinetry
13. Go light and bright to make it look bigger
14. Commercial grade with stainless steel throughout
15. Just because it’s small doesn’t mean it has to be plain – invest in a backsplash for example
16. Use the entire kitchen as an accent piece for the entire living space
17. Incorporate clever space-saving ideas for eating and working (or both as the kitchen blow does)
18. Make it pop with your backsplash
19. Have a single-wall layout? Add an island
20. Better yet, make it a u-shape for more storage and work space
21. Save more space overall with a washer/dryer hybrid in the kitchen
22. Most l-shaped small kitchens can fit an island
23. Add windows and skylights to make it look so much bigger (and it’s so much more pleasant)
24. Go looooong – use up that wall space even if a single wall layout
25. Opt for small even in larger spaces for enhanced flow throughout the home
26. Build in a dining bar right in the kitchen to efficiently use up every square inch
27. Brilliant Cabinet Design and Layout for Compact Kitchen Space
Common Small Kitchen Styles
In many small-sized homes, galley style kitchens are popular because they provide as much space as possible by lining both sides of the room with cabinets and appliances. However, it can be difficult to have more than two people in the room at once, so they don’t have space for guests to congregate in them.
There usually isn’t space to eat in these small kitchens either. Galley style kitchens account for a little over 15% of the 580, 913 kitchens researchers surveyed.
Single-wall kitchens, which account for 7.95% of kitchens in the same survey, are also a common style in small homes or apartments. Single-wall kitchens often open onto the living area, only separating the rooms by counters that serve as a place for prepping meals and, with seating, as an eating area as well.
As for style, the 5 most popular styles for compact kitchens are contemporary (26.51%), transitional (18.68%), traditional (17.39%), modern (13.16%) and farmhouse (3.81%).
Create Space with Paint
Although you won’t create real space, using the right color paint can give the illusion of a more spacious kitchen. Light paint colors open the space, while darker colors make it seem smaller. Painting everything in a kitchen white or pastel colors can make a room seem bigger. Also, painting the trim in the kitchen a lighter version of the wall color gives the illusion of more space.
Creative Storage Solutions
Since storage is usually an issue in both galley and single-wall kitchens, it is important to get creative. Installing shelves on a wall to use for stacking your everyday dishes is a good way to add more storage. You can also add hooks beneath the shelves to hang pots and pans or coffee mugs.
Knock Down Walls
If it is feasible, removing the wall between the kitchen and the dining room or the living room can also provide more space. However, you should first have a contractor examine the wall to make sure isn’t a support wall. If it isn’t, then the contractor can remove it to provide more space in the kitchen.
There are several small kitchen design ideas that can help make your home’s small kitchen area more functional for your household.
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Get a kitchen cart on wheels
Our first “kitchen island” was a butcher block on wheels. We had a tiny cottage house with a teeny kitchen. We wanted more workspace so we bought a small butcher block on wheels. Despite being so small, it was a terrific and inexpensive addition to our kitchen.
Check out these kitchen islands on wheels for more ideas.
Use Small Appliances
Counter space is a premium in any kitchen. It’s even more so in small kitchens. For this reason, if you can manage, opt for smaller appliances such as a small microwave, small toaster oven and other small kitchen appliances that typically take up counter space.