Small but Mighty Kitchen
Bigger isn't always better, as proven by this compact kitchen that packs substantial style. See how an efficient design and smart storage make the 13x9-foot kitchen feel spacious without losing any style points.
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Marble countertops, white-painted walls, and a vaulted ceiling make this coastal kitchen feel larger than its compact dimensions. To keep the room unfussy, the homeowners opted for open shelves, shimmering white subway tile, and hand-scraped oak floors.
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A paneled dishwasher and open shelves in the base cabinetry flank a farmhouse sink that was chosen for its deep dimensions and striking silhouette. The petite cubbies were sized to hold wine bottles but make a cozy hub for dish towels and hot pads.
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A sleek arched faucet ushers contemporary style into the sink area. A simple subway-tile backsplash reflects a wall of water-facing windows to magnify light while accentuating distinctive wood cabinetry.
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Furniture with Purpose
A movable cart takes up less space than a standard island and can be rolled out of the way when necessary. This multifunctional furniture piece features a butcher-block surface that acts as a table for food prep, bar service, and eating. Lower shelves supply additional storage.
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Open shelves eliminate the heavy look of closed cabinetry and lighten up small spaces. Closed base cabinets provide storage for utilitarian, not-so-display-worthy pieces while keeping the visual bulk below eye level. Placing the microwave above the range frees valuable counter space for cooking while keeping it out of kids' reach.
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Not only do display shelves make tiny kitchens feel more open and spacious, but they also keep everyday dishware in sight and in reach. Charming trim gives the shelves a custom finish, while teal blue dishware adds subtle color to the gray-and-white color palette and picks up on the blue undertones of the cabinetry.
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Interplaying textures bring distinctive dimension to the small kitchen. Distressed pewter pulls and a cabinet finish that lets the wood grain show through pick up on the colors of polished-marble countertops. The mix of shiny and matte finishes is a simple solution to add visual interest.
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