Small-Kitchen Decorating Ideas

Use these tips and ideas to decorate a small kitchen with big style. Learn how to decorate above kitchen cabinets, add DIY style and use paint to makeover your small kitchen. Use these decorating ideas to create a kitchen you love.

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  • Showstopping Backsplash

    Looking for small kitchen decorating ideas that sparkle? This otherwise-subdued kitchen goes glam with stainless-steel tile behind the range. In a small space, even a tiny portion of showstopping backsplash tile adds drama and personality.

  • Display Collections

    For kitchen decor with storage, make use of the space between cabinets in front of a window by adding simple shelves and displaying a collection. Plus, the light coming in the window will make any collection in a small kitchen look beautiful.

  • Add Accessories

    Like any good outfit, a small kitchen needs accessories. The wall at the end of this galley kitchen mixes hanging art with leaning frames and pretty dishware for a sentimental small kitchen decorating idea. Below, a bright red stool adds a fun pop of color.

  • Showcase Color

    In a one-wall kitchen, open upper cabinets help the room feel spacious and allow space for displaying colorful dishware, potted herbs, and other kitchen decor. Closed cabinets below are perfect for storing items you don't want on display.

  • Cover Walls with Color

    For an easy small kitchen idea, give walls a cheery coat of a color. In this clean-lined white kitchen, kiwi-green walls add modern flair and inspire the rest of the kitchen decor.

  • Small Kitchen Ideas

    What's the secret to a successful small kitchen design? Watch and find out!

  • Choose Bold Textiles

    Here's an easy small kitchen decorating idea: Bold Roman shade set the tone for an all-white kitchen. Playing off the window covering, red, orange, and yellow accessories spice up the rest of the room.

  • Play with Pattern

    A classic white space is the perfect place for experimenting with small kitchen decorating ideas. Black and white trellis wallpaper covers the walls from counter to ceiling in this room, drawing your eye up toward the high ceilings. Just behind the farmhouse sink is a section of glossy black tile with white grout that protects the walls -- and wallpaper -- from any splashing. 

  • Maximize Every Inch

    There isn't an inch of unused space in this small kitchen. At the end of a run of cabinets, a recessed bookcase was added and is a drop point for mail, magazines, and miscellaneous papers; below is a small house for the cat. The small kitchen idea adds plenty of additional storage.

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    Add Style Overhead

    Beyond cabinets and countertops, add kitchen decor style overhead with patterned drum shades or unique pendants. By choosing interesting light fixtures, your small kitchen will feel distinctive and sophisticated.

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    Choose Art with Personality

    Step outside the standards of small kitchen decorating ideas and choose unique art pieces that showcase your personality. Vintage signs, classic advertisements, and art intended for other rooms of the house often look right at home in this kitchen.

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    Go Beyond Removing Doors

    Instead of just removing cabinet doors and displaying dishes in a small kitchen, outfit the now-open storage with textured baskets, bins, and pretty glass storage containers. The small kitchen decorating idea adds texture and color, while the glass storage containers keep what you need neatly on display.

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    Make the Most of Wall Space

    The combination of metal shelving and a magnetic board corrals spices, tea, mugs, pictures, and recipes all in one easy-to-reach place. The kitchen decor idea works on any small surface area.

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    Interesting Texture

    In a classic kitchen with cherry cabinets, the marble countertops, gray linen roman shade, and raw-wood shelves all add interesting textures to the room. This small amount of kitchen decor juxtaposition with the traditional cabinets creates great contrast.

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    Put In a Plate Rack

    Love cottage style? Try this small kitchen decorating idea. Often found in traditional cottage-style kitchens, a plate rack is perfect for breaking up a run of cabinetry and putting pretty dishware on display.

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    Play Up Pattern in Tile

    In an otherwise standard white space, the patterned backsplash tile in this small kitchen adds personality and much-needed movement. A classic black-and-white color scheme can be easily accented by different colors as styles change.

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    Choose Colorful Stools

    For an easy small kitchen idea, give stools an extra dose of style with turquoise paint. Now these stools are a focal point in the small spaceand are the perfect starting point for the rest of the kitchen decor.

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    Add Organization

    Unused space next to the fridge is the perfect place to tack up grocery lists, coupons, or family calendars on a simple framed corkboard. By painting the frame the same color as the rest of the wall, the frame isn’t the focal point of the kitchen decor.

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    Wall Decals

    Whip up some whimsy in your small kitchen decor by adding fun wall decals and colorful artwork. Decals can be swapped out at any time to make changing the look of your kitchen quick and easy.

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    Utilize Rolling Storage

    A rolling storage cart is the perfect addition to a small kitchen. Add color and keep clutter out of sight by hanging a colorful curtain.

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    Display Colorful Linens

    Colorful towels and vintage aprons are practical and pretty when hung on hooks in plain view. Mixing colors and patterns adds extra interest to the room.

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    Small-Space Kitchen Island Ideas

    Make meal prep faster and more effective in a small kitchen with an innovative kitchen island. Whether it's a mobile cart or repurposed table, a small-space island can amplify surface area and kick up your kitchen's style.
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