Whatever shape or size, the kitchen is the heart of the home, so it’s imperative to create a space which you love spending time in. Our small kitchen ideas are ideal for making the most of even the most tiny kitchen.

While we love exploring all sorts of kitchen ideas, there’s something extra pleasing about finding creative solutions in a more diminutive space.

By maximising every spare inch, reorganising areas that don’t work as hard as they should and adding extra solutions where necessary, you can turn a tiny kitchen idea into one which does everything you want and need. More and more, kitchen design benefits from minimal clutter and maximum efficiency.

Small kitchen ideas

‘When planning your small kitchen layout, it’s essential to think about your overall aesthetic,’ s ‘Some décor suits smaller kitchens, while others can make your space feel enclosed. There are some layouts that simply won’t work in a small space such as island kitchens, as there isn’t enough room.’

‘Choose light-coloured wood or natural stone to keep your room feeling bright and airy. Natural textures such as wood, rattan and wicker can work well in small kitchens too.’

 

1. Use partitions to separate tasks

Green kitchen with glass partition

In a small kitchen, particularly with small galley kitchens, it can feel like it’s impossible to properly zone the space. ‘Integrating a partition means you can separate functions out more and give designated prep areas within the room,’ advises Graeme Smith, head of design at Second Nature Kitchens.

Opt for a glass half partition to keep the room feeling open and allow light to pass through. Treat one section as similar to a prep kitchen, and keep your appliances and larger utensils hidden from casual viewing.

2. Keep some storage open

Kitchen with turquoise open storage

 

Storage is undoubtedly one of the most important considerations in any kitchen, but none more so than in a small kitchen.

‘One wall kitchen is ideal for those with a smaller space that still want an impactful kitchen,’ says Al Bruce, Founder of Olive & Barr. ‘The simplicity of a one wall layout is that you can maximise efficiency without compromising on functionality. You need to think vertically and create as much extra storage space as possible by utilising the height of your walls.’

Once you’ve planned where this storage is going to go, start to think about light. In smaller kitchens, wall-to-wall cabinetry will block out light, making the space seem smaller and more cramped. Resolve this by including some open storage and shelving. Using this on the top half of the wall will help make the room appear taller, too.

3. Zone with flooring

White kitchen with tiled floor and wooden countertops

 

Contrary to popular belief, small kitchens can absolutely be used as petite kitchen-diners. Make the space feels like two separate rooms without compromising on space by clever zoning.

Choose two distinct flooring styles and use them to trick the eye into there being two spaces. A patterned option is best for the kitchen as it is more energising, and helps disguise spillages. Meanwhile, calming more neutral styles work well for a relaxed dining zone.

4. Break the plan

Green kitchen with marble island and glass partition

 

Broken plan is the new open plan, and small kitchens can benefit from this style of layout. What you’re essentially doing is zoning the room with either full partitions which can be opened or pulled back when needed, or half partitions to give the sense of separate areas. This allows you to differentiate cooking, dining and living areas while preserving the overall open plan feel of the space.

For partition alternatives, look at freestanding furniture, slatted screens or Crittall doors.

5. Incorporate a slim breakfast bar

Neutral kitchen with wooden beams and breakfast bar

 

‘Utilise the space of your kitchen by creating a breakfast bar area,’ suggests Hayley Simmons, Director of Commercial Range at Magnet. ‘While it may seem a challenging fit, they are an excellent option if you don’t need a lot of cupboard storage space. However, breakfast bars can double as both a preparation and dining space, creating a multifunctional approach to your kitchen design.

Look for slim options which can be built onto peninsulas or islands to further save on space.

6. Pay attention to your flooring

Grey kitchen with large stone floor tiles
We often suggest a 900 x 600 tile as it is a versatile size that works well in both smaller and larger areas.’

‘Alternatively wood effect porcelain is becoming increasingly popular in tighter spaces due their long and narrow format,’ continues Isabel. ‘If you choose a complementary grout colour it makes the grout less noticeable which again helps to open the space out.’

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