Saturday, February 7, 2015

Small Kitchens Big Style


Small kitchens are getting a lot of attention in 2015. It seems that manufacturers, designers and builders are recognizing that for many, small kitchens are a reality. Not every space will allow for expansion nor does every budget.

Many manufacturers are now making appliances that are smaller in scale or reduce the kitchens footprint (think refrigerator drawers over a traditional refrigerator). A smaller space doesn't have to mean little or no style. In fact, there are some pretty amazing kitchens that may be small in size but are big on style.

I've gathered some great examples of pint sized kitchens that are large on style. Here are my favorites.

This small U-shaped kitchen uses some clever tricks. White cabinets, walls and countertop give it a clean and uncluttered look. Moulding on the cabinets and ceiling draw the eye up visually expanding the space. A mirror over the sink gives the illusion of openess and brings in more light. The dark hutch adds a punch of color and adds storage for dishes and the microwave. Other great features of this space include the open shelving and chalkboard on the side of the cabinetry. A great mix of light fixtures adds interest and personality.

French Feel
Better Homes and Gardens

There is so much to love about this small kitchen. From the wood paneled ceiling and posts to the gorgeous tile backsplash, this kitchen has it all. The greenish-gray cabinetry is an unexpected twist and works beautifully with the backsplash. The glass fronted cabinets and open shelving keep the small space from looking heavy. The large picture window adds natural light and beauty. I also love the reclaimed wood on the island and large lantern light fixtures.

Talk about small spaces. This one makes the most out of a little space. The black cabinetry and wood counters and shelves make the space warm and inviting. An oven and refrigerator are tucked away under the countertop. The blue walls frame the space and make it pop.

I want to break open a wall to create a bar, so I can see in to the living room. K
Kitchen Extra

This small kitchen makes the most of every inch of space. White sleek cabinets keep the look fresh. A wall with built in storage takes advantage of every square inch of space. The blue walls and ceiling add a cozy feeling. Keeping the color palette to blue, white and wood is a smart way to keep the space from looking cluttered.

Industrial lofts are amazing spaces but can be a challenge to decorate. This kitchen makes the most of the space and adds tons of style. Modern robins egg blue cabinetry looks great against the white brick wall. Floor to ceiling shelves in espresso wood add storage and warmth. The orange trimmed window adds interest to the white wall and the custom made pot rack mimics a window treatment but adds function as well.

Black and white are a classic palette but this kitchen takes it to the next level. White trim paired with black decorative windows, marble backsplash and a stainless steel countertop create a beautiful space. The black herringbone tiled floor makes the space come together. This kitchen had no eat in space so a table was placed where an island would be. The rustic wood adds texture and pops against the black and white palette. It also can double as a workspace but simple moving the chairs.

How do you add storage in a small kitchen? By using every square inch of space. Taking the cabinets all the way around the window creates loads of storage space. Using glass fronted cabinets that are lit from within, add light and keep the space from being closed in. The butcher block countertops pair beautifully with the dark gray cabinetry. The white paneled walls add texture and help the walls recede. The painted floor in a diamond pattern unifies the look and visually expands the space.

just when i thought i liked white kitchens only...
Apartment Therapy

You don't have to blow out walls to give your small kitchen designer style. Clean lines, simple color palettes and unique design features can take a tiny kitchen and turn it into a real stunner.

Think big in your small space.

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