Custom Touches for Small Kitchens
Add beauty and smart function to a small kitchen with these creative ideas. Discover how to add storage, make the most of a small space, and add beautiful design ideas to your kitchen.
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Maximize Every Inch
Make the most of every square foot in a small kitchen. Often this small wall on the other side of a doorway would be left empty, but this kitchen boasts a small drink station and additional cabinetry, creating a custom and super-smart solution.
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To the Ceiling
When a cabinet is tucked into a tight corner, use a vertical hinge to avoid banging the door into the wall. This way the door lifts up and out of the way -- the perfect solution for small kitchens.
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Utensils on Display
Keep everyday utensils within easy reach with a S-hook system hung right onto a beaded-board backsplash. It's also the perfect way to know where your 1/4 teaspoon is when you need it.
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Use the End
Turn the end of a row of cabinets into usable space with chalkboard paint. Create the perfect place to jot notes and grocery lists, while adding personality to a plain spot in the kitchen.
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Sometimes a tiny cabinet isn't good for anything -- except a bottle of wine. Remove the door and add a few small shelves to create the perfect spot to store extra bottles.
Small Kitchen Makeover
See how this small kitchen got big style on a budget.
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Shelves for Storage and Display
Open shelves and white cabinetry keep the look open and airy in this cottage kitchen. Vintage dishware and floral-pattern china create a pretty display that not only looks great but also remains within reach of the kitchen's main prep zone.
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Natural Light Backsplash
A well-lit kitchen feels larger than a dark one, and natural light beats fluorescents any day. Here, a row of narrow windows functions as a backsplash and drenches this small, stylish kitchen in sunlight. Keep window treatments to a minimum to make the most of your light in a small space.
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Top a window or a passageway between rooms with a wide ledge for storage and display. This over-the-window shelf puts the homeowner's collection of olive oil bottles in view and draws the eye upward, emphasizing the kitchen's soaring height and the ceiling's rustic wooden beams.
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Maximize Your Layout
Put every square foot you have to good use with these tips for making the most of a small kitchen.
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Carefully planned details give a small kitchen standout style. Granite-look laminate countertops pair well with the classic white cabinetry and the ogee edge treatment adds understated elegance.
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Create drama and add character to a small kitchen by painting the island a different color than the rest of the cabinetry. This cheery yellow island complements colors featured in the subway-tile backsplash. Choose bright colors or light-color stains to ensure the island’s hue doesn’t weigh down the small space.
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Declutter with an Appliance Garage
The less clutter on countertops, the more spacious your kitchen will appear. Create a storage space between upper and lower cabinets by adding doors, and use the cubby for hiding small appliances. Include an electrical outlet at the back of the cabinet for convenience.
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Baskets for Beauty
Conceal clutter and get organized by using baskets to store small items out of sight. Large baskets like these add texture to the space while holding items like hand towels, vegetables, snacks, and serving utensils.
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Creative Counter Space
Creative stow-and-go solutions are a must in a small kitchen space. Here, a rolling cart tucks neatly into this island to offer additional workspace as needed. The cart can be wheeled throughout the kitchen to give multiple cooks room for meal prep and staging.
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Inexpensive stock cabinets mimic pricey European imports and enlarge the look of a small kitchen. Metal feet attached to the bottom of the cabinetry help the tiny space feel open and light. Trendy wooden countertops and brushed-aluminum pulls boost style and glamour.
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Glass-Front Cabinet Doors
Glass-front cabinets ensure a small kitchen remains light, airy, and inviting. If you don’t like the idea of having your dishware on display, frosted glass-front doors have a similar effect but can obscure any mismatched contents.
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A false wall built around a freestanding refrigerator gives it the look of an expensive built-in. A shelf above the fridge provides storage and display space for decorative dishware and cookbooks. Chalkboard paint transforms the outer edge of the unit into a handy message center.