6 Design Ideas to Transform Your Kitchen From Small to Stunning

Katelyn Preston July 22, 2016

Remodeling a small kitchen can often be as challenging — or sometimes even more than — large kitchen areas. When workspace is at a minimum and there’s not enough room to experiment, ideas can quickly slide towards boring and blah. While “less is more” when it comes to designing small spaces, it doesn’t mean you can’t be creative with your pint-sized kitchen.

Here are 6 ways to breathe new life into your not-so-large kitchen.  

  1. Look for Balance

With the right dose of balance, you can accessorize your kitchen the way you want despite its small scale. You may have been told to keep things simple and the walls bare to create an illusion of space, but the end result can be unimaginative and too simple.

Instead, add one focal area — maybe a chic backsplash, interesting floor tiles, a vibrant accent wall, or perhaps a display of artwork on open shelves — and maintain simplicity in the rest of the space. This statempe

  1. Uniformity is Your Best Friend

Grouping similar items or colors is a great way to maintain uniformity in small spaces. What it does is create visual continuity, which tricks the eye into viewing an area as much more spacious than reality. That’s why a monochromatic color palette (think black and white checkered floor tiles) is often a great idea for small kitchens. However, to break the monotony, we suggest you create a bold focal point to draw the eye in.

  1. Incorporate Glass 

One of the simplest ways to make your kitchen appear roomier and brighter is to add glass to the décor. Because it lets you see through it, glass offers a feeling of what designers call "negative space."

Certain elements — like a glass counter or tabletop, reflective glass tile, mirrors or glass door cabinets — can easily open up your kitchen and lend it a more spacious feel. Adding stainless steel appliances in glossy finish can also do the trick.  

  1. Use Light Furnishings and Décor

Crowding too many elements can make your kitchen feel more compact than it already is. However, adding light furnishings and décor pieces like backless barstools, wire kitchen islands, floating countertops, or glass pendant lights, can lighten up the look and won’t trip up your eye as you move around the room.

  1. Pay Attention to Lighting

Intelligent use of lights can keep the kitchen visually open, but it’s often the most ignored part of kitchen redesigns. While recessed lighting is generally hailed as the go-to for small kitchens, LED lights can be just as good if you know how to work with them. Plus, LED lights can save you hundreds in electricity bills.

You could even use your light fixtures as décor if your small kitchen lacks available wall or counter space. For instance, in a truly space-challenged kitchen, a small pendant over the center island or sink might be just what you need.

  1. Fill Your Space with Multi-Purpose Objects

Without the extra square footage, everything in a small kitchen needs to serve more than one purpose. Therefore, don’t reserve your cabinets and shelves just for storing dishes. Floating shelves or glass-front cabinets can be easily styled as chic showcases for your collectibles or your stash of cookbooks. A mug rack can even double as a wall decoration (cool DIY ideas here).

Careful design is the key to success with small kitchens. With a little thought and creativity, you can easily give your small kitchen a stunning makeover!