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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    Sized Right

    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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    Clever Customization

    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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    Modern Accents

    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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    Smart Shelving

    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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    Casual Convenience

    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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    Blended Textures

    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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    Small-Kitchen Secrets

    Utilize every nook and cranny of your small kitchen for a room that lives large. Our simple tips will show you how!

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