Small-Kitchen Ideas: Traditional Kitchen Designs

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

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    U-Shape Floor Plan

    A peninsula replaces a bulky island, creating better flow in the work zone and a convenient place to eat. Placing the range in the peninsula lets the cook chat with guests, glance out the window, or watch the undercabinet TV. Soft gray-green painted cabinetry and custom Roman shades give this traditional cottage-style kitchen a high-end look.

    Kitchen Dimensions: 17' x 12'

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    U-Shape Floor Plan

    Create custom storage out of ordinary shelves and large-scale brackets. Paint them to match the cabinets for a finished look. Turn a tiny area into a beverage center/cookbook display area.

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    Character Counts

    Mix and match finishes and materials for a custom look. Alder cabinets, oak and granite countertops, and reclaimed oak plank flooring create a kitchen that is full of character and function. Open shelving was stained to match the alder cabinets.

    Kitchen Dimensions: 15' x 10'

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    Character Counts

    Three kinds of tile, including Harlequin tiles, make a statement on the backsplash above the cooktop. Corbels beneath the upper cabinets are crafted from scraps of alder. Granite countertops complement the rustic cabinets.

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    All About Traditional Style

    Get a traditional look in your kitchen with this guide to the style!

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    Create an Open Floor Plan

    A tiny kitchen -- once only 10-feet wide -- borrows space from the dining room to create a larger space that is a focal point in the home. Artisanry-inspired inset cabinetry, some with glass-front doors, a walnut-top island, and an apron-front sink give the space old-fashion charm.

    Kitchen Dimensions: 10' x 19'

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    Create an Open Floor Plan

    Maximize storage in cabinets with custom touches like tailored sizes and crown molding. Deep drawers hold even extra-large pots. Glass-front upper cabinets show off a collection of colorful party dishes.

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    Work with What You Have

    New windows, marble counters and backsplash, oak floors, open shelving, and a lighter paint color on the cabinets make a once-cramped kitchen live larger without adding an inch to the 170-square-foot space.

    Kitchen Dimensions: 12' x 11'

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    Work with What You Have

    Ditch heavy wall cabinets in favor of open shelves in a small kitchen. Here, copper pans hang from unfinished steel hooks for easy access next to the range, and marble shelves show off white dishes. A black walnut table with soapstone countertop to the left of the range was built over a radiator and adds landing space for baked goods. A mantel over the range hood offers an additional display area.

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    Floor-to-Ceiling Storage

    Maximize vertical storage in a long and narrow galley kitchen with cabinets that reach all the way to the ceiling. Use the additional cabinet space to store items you don't use everyday like platters and seasonal dishes. Glass-front doors keep the tall cabinets from overwhelming the space.

    Kitchen Dimensions: 16' x 10'

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    Floor-to-Ceiling Storage

    When space is at a premium you have to make the most of what you have. In tight quarters, use the area above the range hood to display colorful dishes. White cabinets and marble countertops help the small kitchen feel light and bright even though it's packed with storage.

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    Clean-and-Casual Design

    Timeless cabinets painted a modern gray taupe, stainless-steel appliances resting on oak floors, and classic mullion glass doors paired with contemporary open shelves yield a kitchen that is the perfect blend of traditional and modern. An open cabinet next to the sink offers space for displaying cookbooks and ceramics and balances the range hood on the opposite side of the window. A shallow shelf over the range keeps frequently-used oils and spices within arm's reach.

    Kitchen Dimensions: 18' x 13'

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    Clean-and-Casual Design

    The narrow silhouette of a built-in custom cabinet adds storage and display space to the small kitchen. The multipurpose unit houses dishes and dry goods and is as beautiful as it is functional.

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    Steamlined Design

    A new hardworking island includes seating, lots of storage, a microwave, and a second sink in this updated kitchen. The cherrywood island adds warmth amid the white perimeter cabinets and picks up wood accents throughout the house.

    Kitchen Dimensions: 18' x 11'

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    Steamlined Design

    A slide-in range is backed by eye-catching tile and topped with an architectural-style hood. Custom cabinetry incorporates architectural character in the hood and decorative brackets. Gold tones in the tile and wall color bathe the kitchen in a sunny glow, while nickel knobs and pulls on the cabinets add sparkle.

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    High Impact, Low Cost

    Give a small kitchen a dramatic facelift with cosmetic changes that don't break the bank. Adding glass fronts to cabinet doors, installing a wine rack above the fridge, and framing a pressed-tin backsplash detail above the range, all pack a punch, but don't cost a fortune. New, shimmery "jewelry" -- brushed-nickel cabinet hardware from a home center -- is the finishing touch on the redesigned space.

    Kitchen Dimensions: 14' x 12'

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    High Impact, Low Cost

    Painting cabinets is an easy, inexpensive way to update a dated kitchen. Make a statement in a small space with black cabinets. Choose an eggshell finish for a sophisticated touch. Save money on new counters, and put granite veneer on top of existing countertops.

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