Small Kitchen Ideas: Traditional Kitchen Designs

Find small kitchen design ideas to fit your home's traditional style.


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Small Kitchen 1: Open Floor Plan

    A new floor plan improves a kitchen's visibility, while vintage looks clarify its style.

    Knocking down walls made it possible to create an open floor plan that puts this kitchen in the center of the action and bathes it in natural light. An island buffers the work core from traffic without isolating the cook from family or guests in the adjoining rooms.

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Small Kitchen 1: Vintage Charm

    Old-fashioned backsplash surfaces -- tin for the range and beaded board elsewhere -- convey vintage charm. Recessed lighting illuminates work spaces. The built-in cabinet nooks and modern range add convenience to this classic kitchen.

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Small Kitchen 2: Lighter and Brighter

    A dark, galley-style kitchen becomes a sun-kissed room with a view.

    The room used to be very dim. A breakfast bar and upper cabinets with glass doors replaced the range wall. The kitchen now embraces the adjoining den and its new sun-welcoming French doors. The sink, flanked by ample work space, is across from the range and faces a new trio of windows.

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Small Kitchen 3: Mobile Prep Cart

    This designer made every inch useful by packing her kitchen with purpose and panache.

    Lacking room for a stationary island, the homeowner opted for a mobile butcher-block cart that can be used for food preparation or as a buffet. When not in use, the cart slides in next to the sink.

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Small Kitchen 3: Kitchen Hutch

    A dressy hutch serves as a baking center. A pullout cutting board provides a bonus work surface. Storage drawers below the appliance garage hold spices, baking ingredients, and utensils. On the upper part of the hutch, glass doors and a plate rack display fine china.

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Small Kitchen 3: Space-Saving Backsplash

    A professional-grade range anchors the cooking area. The tile backsplash above the range features three space-savers: a pot-filler faucet, a narrow storage ledge, and a retractable cookbook holder.

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Small Kitchen 4: Efficient Kitchen

    Enclosed cabinetry offers this kitchen maximum storage and an old-fashioned look consistent with its early-20th-century roots.

    At the center of the kitchen, the island offers a storage solution by serving as an anchor for one end of the kitchen table. The homeowner wanted a place in the kitchen where she and her family could sit down for meals, so she nestled a table against it, leaving more floor space outside the work core.

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Small Kitchen 4: Open Plate Rack

    Even the side of the stand-alone refrigerator in this space-saving kitchen goes to work with the addition of an open rack to display the homeowner's collection of platters. Lower cupboards have adjustable rollout tray shelves for easy access to the items stored at the back.

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Small Kitchen 4: Professional Cooktop

    Because the homeowner loves to cook, this professional-grade, six-burner cooktop was high on her list of priorities. White tiles and polished black-granite diamond shapes provide a cleanable surface behind this high-use area.

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Small Kitchen 5: Island Swapping

    This kitchen's designer opened up a hazardous kitchen by replacing its island with a handy peninsula.

    In this kitchen, the island, although slim, restricted movement and awkwardly divided the work zones. With a tight cluster of sink, dishwasher, oven, and refrigerator on one side of the island, open appliance doors created traffic hazards. Swapping the island for a peninsula opened the middle of the room, provided unrestricted access to the range and dishwasher, and increased counter space near the sink.

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Small Kitchen 6: Affordable Elegance

    As this kitchen shows, your budget needn't be out-of-this-world to gain old-world beauty.

    Here, homeowners installed a compact island topped with granite, which adds a food-prep and seating area. Having splurged on granite for the island's countertop, the couple saved money by using laminate for the other countertops.

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Small Kitchen 6: Sensible Solutions

    The cabinetry is made of poplar to cut costs, but it is stained a cherry color for the look of more expensive wood. The couple took a similarly sensible approach to appliances, choosing affordable models in basic black. The exception is the range, which boasts the stainless-steel style of a commercial-grade appliance without the big price tag.

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Small Kitchen 7: Open Kitchen

    Savvy storage and floor-plan finesse take a modest-size room to new heights.

    Removing a single interior wall united the kitchen with the adjoining dining and living rooms, making all three spaces look and feel larger. A new island compensates for the lost wall space by housing a cooktop, microwave oven, wine rack, and drawers galore.

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Small Kitchen 7: Built-In Work Space

    Despite modest room dimensions and high demand for storage, the homeowners found space for a built-in desk. A window with a low sill made a perfect spot for the work space. Frosted-glass cabinet doors add to the kitchen's open-face character without giving away too much of the cabinets' contents.

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Small Kitchen 7: Warm Palette

    The homeowners chose cabinets in two woodsy hues -- honey and mint. The refrigerator's cabinet-matching panel contributes to the kitchen's low-key character. A row of solid-door cabinets near the ceiling also boosts storage, and oak flooring radiates the same woodsy warmth as the wall cabinetry.

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Small Kitchen 8: Budget-Savvy Upgrades

    With more moxie than money, a space-primping pro adds color and cost-conscious character to her own kitchen.

    This homeowner upgraded a basic kitchen for $10,000 by spending most of her money on appliances and reworking existing key elements. She used beaded-board panels to reface three sides of her island -- which now holds a new cooktop -- and to cover a dated tile backsplash, creating a vintage look.

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Small Kitchen 8: Vintage Display Shelves

    White-painted antique shelves hold traditional dishware and serving pieces that the homeowner loves to collect. The shelves are just one place she shows off her collection. Plates are also hung with care near the ceiling, while more pieces fill the corner niche.

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Small Kitchen 9: Windowless Kitchen

    A small, windowless kitchen blossoms into an efficient and elegant showpiece.

    With no way to expand the 9x13-foot kitchen, the homeowners had to fashion an elegant look -- without the benefit of a single window -- and still create a fully functional kitchen. Using deliberate symmetry and balance, along with generous ambient lighting, ensured the modest-size space wouldn't be overwhelmed by its rich details.

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Small Kitchen 9: Sophisticated Style

    Custom cabinetry, elaborate molding, and a furniture-style sink base help define the formal character of this small kitchen. A pair of faux-window mirrors flank the sink and create the feel of a larger space. The large apron-front sink sports a sliding maple cutting board that provides extra countertop surface.

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Small Kitchen 9: Built-In Cabinets

    Wall cabinets feature interior lighting and glass shelves, all visible through wire-glass door panels. The wire grid's diagonal pattern is repeated in the cooktop's tile backsplash, creating more visual continuity.

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Small Kitchen 10: Corner Kitchen

    Eliminating walls and devising a clever island solution made a modest kitchen open to new possibilities.

    Knocking down two walls opened this small corner kitchen to the adjacent living and dining areas. To maintain a less-obtrusive boundary and add eating and work space, an L-shape island now stands in place of the old walls.

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