There's nothing more charming than a small kitchen, but crafting a design that's both stylish and functional can be tricky. In this collection of photos, designers show how everything from color choices to cabinetry styles can enhance a tiny cooking space.
"The kitchen is another example of applying real design ingenuity to small dimensions," Refinery29 founder Christine Barberich says of her Brooklyn Heights kitchen. "My husband found the best appliances he could that were all smaller in scale, so nothing felt out of proportion. I love the XO relief tiles that create the white backsplash. They’re just fun because you might not notice the pattern until you’re up close. We had the concrete countertop made in Bay Ridge by this three-generation family of concrete designers. We loved the idea of having this major industrial moment right in the middle of the apartment and it really does serve as an entertaining area, workspace for cooking, or flower arranging. It’s unexpected in its brutalist vibe against the white backdrop and softer, colored details."
The Chelsea kitchen of Etsy's COO features dark charcoal cabinetry, which adds contrast to the white walls and marble countertop.
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.
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.
In a PR maven's glamorous New York City apartment, 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.
Designer opted for glossy blue cabinetry, toile wallpaper, and cement tile for a pool house kitchen.
An inviting, all-white kitchen in Michael Bruno's Tuxedo Park home is complete with a custom-made sink and counters and a Fisher & Paykel dishwasher.
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.
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.
A deep purple accent wall adds interest to a small, white kitchen design in Sweden.
Grey and white hues add charm to a farmhouse kitchen design featuring a range, hood, and sink by Smeg, fittings by Vola, Carrara marble counters, and cabinetry painted in Farrow & Ball's Cornforth White.
In a glamorous Paris apartment, the kitchen embraces a fresh vision of luxury with mod pendant lights by Tom Dixon and a custom-made, walnut-veneer kitchen island and cabinetry. The stools are by , the ovens and refrigerator are by and the sink fittings are by .
In a Manhattan home, this charming blue kitchen features wood-and-marble cabinets commissioned by an artisan in India. The unique light fixture is by , and the appliances are by . The walls and carpet anchor the room in a dreamy blue palette.
A 1930s Connecticut weekend house 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.
A cozy kitchen in a Greenwich Village penthouse showcases a farmhouse sink, skirted in a linen, an antique chest found at a Paris flea market, and a French sconce.
Fabric impresario John Robshaw's Connecticut country house is quaint and colorful. Just because the kitchen is petite doesn't mean it is any less full of life. The kitchen’s settee is by Richard Wrightman, the sink fittings are by , the ceiling lights are by , the countertops are marble, and the custom dhurrie is by Robshaw. The walls are painted in and the cabinetry in , both by Benjamin Moore.
Amanda Seyfried's Catskills retreat, designed by , is a stylish (and slightly quieter) alternative to Hamptons living. Inside the kitchen, perfect for entertaining despite the limited square-footage, the range and hood are by , the sink is fitted with a faucet, and the backsplash is of tiles by . The island has a countertop of , the pairs of pendant lights are by , and the cabinets are painted in .
In a gorgeous Cape Cod cottage circa 1880, deep blue makes an appearance on the wood floors and door frame, evocative of the nearby sea. A vintage seascape hangs above an antique butcher block, echoing the kitchen's ocean-inspired palette.
In a Brooklyn townhouse owned by wallpaper maven Kate Reynolds, the kitchen counters are Calacatta Gold marble, the backsplash tile is by , the range is by , the stools are from and the light fixture is by .
The country home of the Kasliwal family—owners of the legendary Indian jewelry house —is in a converted cowshed on the outskirts of Jaipur. In the kitchen, the custom cabinetry was made by a local artisan; brass urns hold wheat, rice, and other grains.
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 .
Like most Manhattan apartments, designer Kimille Taylor's Upper West Side abode has a pint-sized kitchen—but that doesn't mean she had to sacrifice style. The chic space contains a oven, a refrigerator, and marble counters. The subway tile is from and the unique flooring is oak painted with a custom design.
In Emmy Rossum's classic New York City apartment, the elongated kitchen space has a range and hood by , the cabinets are by , the antique runner is from and the photograph is by .
This New York apartment's kitchen boasts a range by , the sink and fittings are by , the cabinetry is by , and the barstool is by .
Designed by Ken Fulk, this cozy Montana kitchen features a rustic-style range and hood and the custom island is made of cherry wood with an oak butcher-block countertop. The stools are by , the backsplash tiles are by Pewabic Pottery, and the pendant lights are by Niche.
Designer Stephan Jones and San Francisco art dealer Francis Mill turned a former warehouse space into an art-filled apartment. The kitchen is no exception: the statement wall sculpture is by . The cabinetry is by , the countertops are , the faucet is by , and the stools are by .
A vintage French artist's table serves as the kitchen island in this Hamptons home. The stove is by , the sink and fittings are by , and the dishwasher is by GE; the sign on the ceiling beams is original to the house.
In a minimalist New York City apartment with pops of color, a narrow kitchen features cabinetry by , a countertop and sink by , fittings by , and an oven and cooktop by . The light fixture is by , and the floor is terrazzo.
A pair of 19th-century English chairs and a Kartell table fit perfectly into the corner of this tiny Brazilian kitchen in a São Paulo building.
In Marisa Tomei's home, the small kitchen is marked by a Saarinen table paired with 1940s French garden chairs. The range is by , the dishwasher is by and the flooring is cork.