Just because your kitchen is on the smaller side doesn’t mean you can’t make it as efficient and effective as possible.

Local carpenter Crisow von Schulz constructed the cabinets from a single elm tree. The organically curving lines were intended as a contrast to the rectilinear architecture of the houseboat. The ABK extractor unit allows maximum headroom and preserves the spacious feeling.

When a kitchen lacks space, everything seems a bit more difficult. From inadequate storage to compact countertops, suddenly the act of cooking feels more like a challenge than an enjoyment. However, if the scenario above sounds familiar, we encourage you not to throw in the towel just yet.

By keeping the six guiding principles below in mind, you’ll be steps away from transforming even the tiniest of spaces into a pleasant place to cook, bake, eat, and gather.  

1) Keep the color palette simple. 

At 525 square feet, the expanded apartment is still quite petite, so integrating solutions for managing clutter was essential. By relocating the kitchen, Greenawalt freed space for storage in the bedroom.

At 525 square feet, the expanded apartment is still quite petite, so integrating solutions for managing clutter was essential. By relocating the kitchen, Greenawalt freed space for storage in the bedroom.

Photo: Matthew Delphenich

When you’re lacking square footage, it’s usually best to stick to a simple, neural color palette. Not only will this assist in making the space feel bigger, but it will also avoid a claustrophobic feeling of being overpowered by color, as bright shades can quickly feel overwhelming.

A bright corner in the kitchen houses an Electra coffee maker and a quirky pendant lamp by Lightyears.

A bright corner in the kitchen houses an Electra coffee maker and a quirky pendant lamp by Lightyears.

Photo: Karolina Bak

Most commonly, a crisp shade of white is used as the main color in smaller kitchens—often in a reflective finish—to keep the space feeling bright and airy. To further create the illusion of a larger space, opt for a glossy finish on cabinets. This finish will reflect light, instantly making the kitchen feel more spacious.

2)Maximize every inch of storage. 

A closer look at the shelving built into the staircase in the kitchen.

A closer look at the shelving built into the staircase in the kitchen.

Photo: Andrew Meredith

A large majority of people don’t realize how much underutilized space there is in even the most basic of kitchen cabinets and drawers. Areas like triangular spaces and narrow nooks might seem awkward and unusable, but they can actually provide additional storage for smaller or less frequently used items. 

Even the insides of cabinet doors can be used, hooks can easily hang utensils, cleaning supplies, and other supplies. 

3) Opt for appropriately sized appliances. 

Another custom oak unit houses the oven, range, refrigerator, and pantry.

Another custom oak unit houses the oven, range, refrigerator, and pantry.

Photo by Bob Greenspan

When selecting appliances for a smaller kitchen, remember to start with appliances that aren’t oversized. For instance, a 36-inch stovetop can take away valuable cooking space in a tiny kitchen, and chances are you don’t need more than four burners to begin with. 

A 30” Gas Slide-In Range and 30” Hood deliver powerful results. The stovetop’s brass RapidHeat™ burners don’t just add metallic flair—they reach up to 18,500 BTUs for quick and powerful heat, saving prep time in the kitchen. The oven comes equipped with professional ProHeat™ Convection technology, which evenly distributes heat for sumptuous, perfectly cooked meals, and when it comes time to check on the food, the Easy Swivel Handle™ prevents your hand from getting burned on the door. Above, the hood features an LED light control display, 4 fan speeds, and a clean filter indicator.

A 30″ Gas Slide-In Range and 30″ Hood deliver powerful results. The stovetop’s brass RapidHeat™ burners don’t just add metallic flair—they reach up to 18,500 BTUs for quick and powerful heat, saving prep time in the kitchen. The oven comes equipped with professional ProHeat™ Convection technology, which evenly distributes heat for sumptuous, perfectly cooked meals, and when it comes time to check on the food, the Easy Swivel Handle™ prevents your hand from getting burned on the door. Above, the hood features an LED light control display, 4 fan speeds, and a clean filter indicator.



Courtesy of Amber Interiors

Similarly, a tall, narrow fridge can also free up more counter space rather than a wide, short fridge. That said, make sure to measure the size of your space and choose appliances accordingly, as many items come in a wide range of dimensions.

4) Invest in specialty drawers and cabinets. 

Secret spice pull-out

Whether it’s a pull-out spice compartment or a Lazy Susan placed in a corner cabinet that’s often underused, specialty drawers are often the unsung hero of a small kitchen. These fittings can be purchased from a range of kitchen supply stores, and are a phenomenal way to maximize space and stay organized. 

5) Let your cookware be your art. 

Local carpenter Crisow von Schulz constructed the cabinets from a single elm tree. The organically curving lines were intended as a contrast to the rectilinear architecture of the houseboat. The ABK extractor unit allows maximum headroom and preserves the spacious feeling.

Local carpenter Crisow von Schulz constructed the cabinets from a single elm tree. The organically curving lines were intended as a contrast to the rectilinear architecture of the houseboat. The ABK extractor unit allows maximum headroom and preserves the spacious feeling.

Photo: Rene Mesman

Artwork is an essential way to infuse personality and meaning to a space, but when your kitchen is on the smaller side, let your dishes, cookware, and cookbooks do double duty and function also as a display. 

Though small, the kitchen feels generously bright. Its cabinets were custom-built by Bob Clausen, a local craftsman. Curtiss selected sleek faucet fixtures by Santec and a sink by Blanco to complement the white laminate countertops. The stainless steel appliances include a Bertazzoni oven, Fisher & Payel refrigerator, and Thermador dishwasher.

Whether it’s hanging copper pots or displaying your glasses and plates on open shelves, arranging ordinary objects in aesthetically conscious ways can provide both beauty and function Furthermore, it will assist with staying neat and tidy—which is another key to maximizing function in a small space—and will also help you avoid accumulating clutter, as everything will be showcased.

6) Supply sufficient lighting. 

Hayon and Klunder’s kitchen is all white, down to the minimalist, lacquered Santos cabinets. When it comes to picking paint and fabric colors, Hayon advocates for grayed-out hues. “My recommendation is that even when you use bolder colors make sure they have a percentage of gray in them,” he says. “If you use yellow, it should be yellow-gray. If a green is used it should be a green-gray.”

Hayon and Klunder’s kitchen is all white, down to the minimalist, lacquered Santos cabinets. When it comes to picking paint and fabric colors, Hayon advocates for grayed-out hues. “My recommendation is that even when you use bolder colors make sure they have a percentage of gray in them,” he says. “If you use yellow, it should be yellow-gray. If a green is used it should be a green-gray.”

Photo: Nienke Klunder

When a small room is not sufficiently lit, it immediately feels drearier and more cramped. If your kitchen only has one light fixture, consider under-cabinet lighting. This is a great option that takes up no counter space, provides adequate lighting, and is virtually invisible at first glance. 

Bosch appliances' modern European look works flexibly in many kitchen types, from transitional to contemporary.

Bosch appliances’ modern European look works flexibly in many kitchen types, from transitional to contemporary.

Courtesy of Bosch Home Appliances

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