7 Clever Design Ideas for a Small Kitchen

Unless you’re blessed with a large, spacious kitchen, you’ll always be on the lookout for clever design ideas for a small kitchen. Ideas and suggestions that will help you make the most of the space you have, allowing it to feel bigger and more practical, yet still retaining some style.

Having spent lots of time on Pinterest and scouring magazines for ideas, I’ve put together some of my best tips for bigging up the smaller kitchen.

7 Clever Design Ideas for a Small Kitchen

#1 Design in an Eating Area

7 clever design ideas for a small kitchen

Whether you have space for a full table and chairs, an integrated breakfast bar or a simple pull down table in the corner of the room, try to design an eating space into your small kitchen. It will help make the most of the space, and connect the family together during mealtimes.

Look for companies that give you support in the kitchen design, and have a design tool readily available. Academy Home Improvements for example has all of these and more as well as inspirational images to help you visualise the end result.

#2 Open Plan Storage

7 clever design ideas for a small kitchen

If you can live with this look an open plan cupboard/shelving scheme will actually help your kitchen feel bigger. Drawing the eye back through the shelf and creating an illusion of a larger room, an open plan shelf unit will also help you showcase some of your favourite pieces.

#3 Simple Colour Scheme

7 Clever Design ideas for a small ktichenCombining the wall colour with the cupboards and tiles will allow the space to feel lighter and more streamlined. The cupboards will sink into the backdrop, helping the room to look larger and giving you the chance to accessorise with just a few key colour pieces.

It’s also important to co-ordinate the color of your worktops into the overall scheme. Look for a supplier how has a varied choice, for example the online ‘direct to customer’ kitchen worktops retailer House of Worktops, provide a large choice of quality wood worktops available in all sizes.

#4 Give it Some Light

7 Clever design ideas for a small kitchen

Just as in any room in the home, lighting in the kitchen is incredibly important and no  more than in a smaller kitchen. Illuminate areas, dark corners and under cupboards, bouncing the light around the room to help it feel larger. Don’t be afraid to experiment and to invest in some statement pieces for above the eating area. If you can do all this whilst you’re first designing the room you’ll have more opportunity to get it right.

#5 Hidden Storage

7 clever design ideas for a small kitchen

Clever storage is imperative when you’re looking at the best design tips for a small kitchen, and shouldn’t be overlooked. Do your research and invest in the right storage for you and your family’s needs. Think about how you can use the height in the room as well as the low areas, under tables and bench seats.

#6 Use All of the Space

7 Clever design ideas fora small kitchen

As with using clever storage, you must use all of the available space in a small kitchen. Use every nook and cranny, think hard about how you can maximise the space you have and design your kitchen accordingly. With a dining table or breakfast bar that doubles up as a preparation surface, this compact kitchen above could be all that you really need. By using the full height in the room and adding double cupboards, storage is ample.

#7 Add your own Touch

7 clever design ideas for a small kitchen

Finally don’t lose yourself in the design and forget to add a touch of who you are. Throw in a few touches of your personality, express yourself, and make the kitchen really yours.

What do you think of these design ideas for a small kitchen? Would you add anything else?

Images: 1, 2, 6 & 7 Heart Home Mag ||  Academy Home Improvements || Idyll Home || Apartment Therapy

7 clever design ideas for a small kitchen

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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  1. Stephanie
    May 5, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    Fab tips, I spotted that idea about putting your plates in a drawer, so I have done it in my new kitchen and I love it. So easy to get to everything.

    • Jen Stanbrook
      May 5, 2016 / 5:07 pm

      Thanks Stephanie, you must be the master of kitchen design now after your renovation. 🙂

  2. Sarrah Black
    May 11, 2016 / 2:53 pm

    Great idea, indeed. I’ve noticed myself that using as many kitchen drawers as possible is also a good tip. You can simply put all the stuff that you do not use so often away. It easy and safe A Lot of space. Cheers.

  3. Janis
    May 12, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    I really liked idea about hidden storage. This should be applied for all small kitchens!

  4. Manidipa
    May 14, 2016 / 8:40 pm

    Hi Jen,

    I have been struggling to design my kitchen as there is very limited space & I want to make it look lil spacious. Your tips are really handy. Proper color combination & usage of lights can do wonder. I liked the Open Plan storage concept. Thanks for the share.

  5. Emma
    June 10, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    I am obsessed with hidden storage! We are moving house and I can’t wait to work out how to increase the storage space in our kitchen. If it doesn’t have kick drawers they’ll be the first thing to install!!!

  6. Denis
    June 21, 2016 / 10:45 am

    I have a question and lots of respect for you. The question is “how do you get all these great ideas?” These are great. I just made a phone call to my elder sister to show her this design. She is definitely gonna love it. Cheers!

  7. Helen Greene
    June 23, 2016 / 12:02 pm

    I agree with you in “lighting in the kitchen is incredibly important”. Even I have a small kitchen and I have been struggling to find space to store things and your hidden storage idea would be perfect for my kitchen. I will try to make use of all available spaces.

  8. Jacob Martin
    September 1, 2016 / 7:19 am

    Hi, Jen hope you are doing well. First of all I would like to thank you for sharing an informative blog. Each and every topics you have mentioned really impressive. These information will help many people who are planning to remodel their kitchen. It is very much true that use of proper lighting really important. Also I am agree with you about Open Plan storage concept.

  9. Tom
    October 8, 2016 / 6:02 pm

    Some great small kitchen ideas. I like the hidden storage idea. It is definitely hard to find storage areas in our little kitchen.

  10. khaled
    October 11, 2016 / 4:08 am

    Amazing article , thanks for sharing

  11. Chris
    October 11, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    Lighting and open shelving were the most decisive factors in making our kitchen look bigger (fellow fan of Pinterest here, by the way.. I pretty much live on Pinterest nowadays) All we need to do next is sort out the tumble dryer which won’t fit under our kitchen counter.. Grr! Thanks for sharing this post.

  12. James
    December 14, 2016 / 2:18 am

    Hi Jen,
    Great tips! I definitely agree with the design in the eating area and giving it some light. Perfect for that restaurant ambience that makes you really feel at home and enjoy great food. What colour of lighting would you recommend? I’m looking at installing yellow dim lights to create a mood in the space but I don’t know if it helps increase that appetite if you know what I mean.

  13. Mike
    December 16, 2016 / 6:13 am

    I just love the simple design in #3 “Simple Colour Scheme”.
    The white color brings out the elegance of the design.
    It just portrays the cleanliness of the place.

  14. Tara Neil
    April 26, 2017 / 10:12 am

    These ideas are fantastic! Especially love #3!

  15. Sarahjess
    July 14, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    I’m fascinated by the idea of hidden storage!! I think thats the best way to have everything in a small space. Fantastic! Thanks for putting these ideas together!!

  16. Eastwood
    October 1, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    Thank you, Jen, for sharing these clever design ideas for a small kitchen which will be useful in the future. Along with this, we would also like to share some small kitchen design ideas which include choosing bold colour combinations, invest in the patterns and designing of the floors, mix and match the materials, expand the visual approach with proper lights, choose portable and sleek appliances, go for hanging cupboards etc.

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