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60 Small (But Mighty) Kitchens to Steal Inspiration From

Pack a punch in your most petite spaces.

best small kitchen ideas
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Being short on square footage should never inhibit your kitchen's design potential. Whether you’re working with hundreds of square feet or just a dozen or two, getting your cooking space into tip-top shape—both aesthetically and functionally—is just a few creative ideas away from being a reality. Below, see how these gorgeous homes used small kitchen layouts to their advantage, with bold cabinetry, double-duty accents, sleek lighting solutions, and more.

Read on for 60 striking kitchen designs that are small on space but big on style.

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Simon Upton
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Reflective Surfaces

Small yet striking, this Jean Louis Deniot-designed Miami kitchen features 爱博体育下载custom stainless steel cabinetry that has been laser-printed with an abstract pattern, reflecting the natural light while creating a sense of movement.

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Simon Upton
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Streamlined Silhouettes

This snug bachelor pad kitchen features big design moments, with a sleek Carrara marble countertop, brass barstools by CB2, and pendants by Tom Dixon, all of which make a statement while taking up minimal visual real estate.

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Stephen Kent Johnson
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Small Statement Backsplash

While a full backsplash may overwhelm a petite kitchen space, Amanda Seyfried's weekend retreat proves that a little goes a long way. The tiles by draw the eye in, while leaving plenty of white space to keep the area bright.

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Victor Demarchelier
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Multi-Functional Peninsula

Making the most of your countertops is key to a functional kitchen, and the cook space in Joan Smalls's Miami penthouse offers a place to cook, wash, and dine all in one.

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Zeke Ruelas
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Mirrored Backsplash

The mirrored tiles of John McClain's kitchen backsplash reflect light while adding depth, making up for the small square footage and minimal natural light.

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William Abranowicz
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Disappearing Kitchen

In this futuristic Greenwich Village apartment, a sleek gray kitchen features several large door panels, which are fully integrated into the walls and millwork to conceal the small space when needed.

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Brittany Ambridge
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Compact Loft Living

In an open-concept loft designed by Bella Mancini爱博体育下载, the petite kitchen space flows while feeling distinct, with white cabinetry and countertops, backdropped with dark paint.

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Courtesy of Aimee Song
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Pared-Down Appeal

Less is often more when it comes to designing a small kitchen, and Aimee Song's muted green-and-marble kitchen爱博体育下载 offers enough of a statement while remaining pared-down and elegant.

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Pernille Loof
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Pots Hung High

Event designer Bronson van Wyck's爱博体育下载 Manhattan kitchen features an pot rack hanging over a salvaged pine island, putting the typically underutilized space to good use.

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R. Brad Knipstein
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Compact Design

Just because your kitchen space is small, doesn't mean you can't have all of the amenities. This compact design by Jennifer Jones features storage, cooking surfaces, and a statement backsplash.

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Stephen Kent Johnson
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Sunny Skylights

In a minimalist—and monochrome—West Village apartment, the petite kitchen feels light and bright with its skylights and streamlined design.

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Courtesy of Douglas Elliman
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Smart Lighting

Pastel blue cabinetry, white marble countertops, and bright recessed lighting keeps the small kitchen in Bill Wackermann's apartment爱博体育下载 feeling spacious and clean.

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Alex Lukey
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Moody Blues

An open-concept kitchen in this Canadian lake house爱博体育下载 features moody blue cabinetry that extends up to the ceiling, giving the illusion of a larger space while drawing the eye to the statement shades.

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Eric Piasecki
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Black and White Kitchen

In a PR maven's glamorous New York City apartment爱博体育下载, Sam Still artwork hangs on a wall covered in a Madeline Weinrib wallpaper. The antique birthing chair is from New Orleans and the custom kitchen island has a Carrara marble top.

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Mia Baxter Small
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Pool House Kitchen

Designer opted for glossy blue cabinetry, toile wallpaper, and cement tile for a pool house kitchen.

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Björn Wallander
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City Kitchen With A Country Feel

This New York apartment's爱博体育下载 kitchen boasts a range by , the sink and fittings are by , the cabinetry is by , and the barstool is by .

Björn Wallander
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Impactful Color

The kitchen countertops are poured concrete, and the doors, window frames and custom cabinetry are all painted in a custom color that helps the single row of countertops make a bit impact in this Greek home.

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William Waldron
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Modern Galley Kitchen

In the galley kitchen of a bohemian family home, the kitchen's range and microwave are by , the refrigerator is by , the custom hood is by and the countertop is Calacatta Gold marble. Hans Wegner chairs, purchased at auction, accompany a table by Eero Saarinen from . The vintage pendant light is by Max Ingrand for .

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Francis Amiand
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Dark And Sleek

爱博体育下载In a Monaco apartment abundant with 70s whimsy, the small kitchen table and chairs are by Jeanneret. The oven, cooktop and hood are by . Meanwhile, sunlight floods into the space, making it appear larger than it really is.

William Waldron
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Dark Yet Inviting

The kitchen in this neutral NYC apartment爱博体育下载 features cabinets lacquered in a custom shade by , proving dark shades don't always accentuate a room's small size.

Trevor Tondro
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Bright and Airy

Fashion stylist-turned-decorator Estee Stanley transformed the kitchen in her Mediterranean-style Los Angeles home爱博体育下载 into a bright and airy space. The design includes a fresh white palette with stainless steel touches. To complete the look, Stanley opted for a Viking hood, a Waterworks faucet, and Ikea barstools.

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Simon Upton
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Neutral, Modern Kitchen

爱博体育下载A modern kitchen by architect crafted for a storied Roman palazzo, combines a brass light fixture and a Venetian portrait from the 1780s.

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Emily Andrews Photography
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Sophisticated Charcoal

The Chelsea kitchen of Etsy's COO features dark charcoal cabinetry, which adds contrast to the white walls and marble countertop.

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Jane Beiles
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Rustic Connecticut Kitchen

For a kitchen in a Connecticut family home, design duo Vivian Lee and James Macgillivray collaborated with a local millworker Wayne Tobin. The appliances in the kitchen are from Miele, GE, LG, and Fisher & Paykel. Most of the light fixtures in the space are from Schoolhouse Electric, with the exception of the Minka ceiling fans.

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Pascal Chevallier
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Charming Paris Kitchen

In a charming Paris apartment, an open-concept kitchen and dining area is outfitted with 17th-century French chairs, a Napoleon III chandelier, along with a backsplash featuring 18th-century Portuguese tile. The custom French oak boiseries and cabinets are in the style of the 18th century. The kitchen's flooring is antique oak and the fireplace is original to the apartment.

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Simon Upton
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A Modern Finish

A 1930s Connecticut weekend house爱博体育下载 gets a modern makeover; In the kitchen, the island has a top of honed Carrara marble, the wall tiles are by , the stove is , and the stools are by ; the 19th-century Windsor chair is a family heirloom, and the 1920s English pendants are from BK Antiques.

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Simon Upton
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Modern Kitchen

In this Manhattan home, high above the city, the kitchen's lacquer cabinetry is custom made for a clean, modern aesthetic. It is echoed in style by the backsplash and countertop, made of Calacatta marble. The range is by Viking, the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero and the print is by Ellsworth Kelly.

William Abranowicz
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Colorful Corner

Regency chairs with silk cushions surround a Saarinen table tucked away in a cheery corner of the kitchen in this colorful apartment. The walls are lined with vintage silk paper, the artworks are by, from left, Rachel Lee Hovnanian, James Nares, Steven Klein (top), and Mark Shaw, and the television is by Samsung.

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Eric Piasecki/OTTO
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Amber Kitchen

Pops of orange infuses energy into a small kitchen design scheme. In an effort to add more light to the space, the ceiling is covered in a textured orange wallpaper. The combination of a light backsplash, paired with dark wood cabinetry and countertops, open up the area.

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Peter Carlsson
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Deep Purple Wall

A deep purple accent wall adds interest to a small, white kitchen design in Sweden.

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