When it comes to designing a small kitchen, the key should always be creativity. See how these top interior designers used small kitchen layouts to their advantage, transforming them with bold cabinetry, double-duty accents, and sleek lighting solutions.
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.
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 .
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.
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 .
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.
The kitchen in this neutral NYC apartment features cabinets lacquered in a custom shade by , proving dark shades don't always accentuate a room's small size.
Fashion stylist-turned-decorator Estee Stanley transformed the kitchen in her Mediterranean-style Los Angeles home 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.
A modern kitchen by architect crafted for a storied Roman palazzo, combines a brass light fixture and a Venetian portrait from the 1780s.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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 .
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 Manhattan home, this small 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 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 the kitchen of this 100-year-old Craftsman cottage, a super slim island adds dimension—and extra cutting space—to the small kitchen. The alder cabinetry is custom made, the countertops are black granite, and the vent hood and range are by .
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.
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 .
"The kitchen is another example of applying real design ingenuity to small dimensions," Refinery29 founder Christine Barberich says of her Brooklyn Heights space. "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."
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.
This New York studio apartment's custom cabinetry is painted in . The countertops are , and the dishes are from . Subway tile lends a sense of openness to the miniscule area.
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 a Woodstock, New York retreat, a pony peeks into the kitchen, which showcases custom-made beadboard cabinetry, a sink and a vintage Moroccan rug.
In a Moscow apartment designed by, pendant lights by hang above a black table in a quaint kitchen. The chairs are by and the plates on the counter are by .
In this Cape Cod cottage, the small kitchen's custom-made cabinetry is painted in , and the walls are in , both by Farrow & Ball. The countertops are butcher block, the sink fittings are by and the Wedgewood stove is antique.
Designed by , this Swedish kitchen's custom countertops and shelving are birch, the oven and cooktop are by and the antique stove in the foreground is original to the house.
Magdalena Björnsdotter and Erik Björklund covered their century-old farmhouse in rural Sweden in bright white paint. The black-and-white kitchen includes a flea-market table, industrial-style chairs and a metal-and-driftwood pendant light by .
In a New York apartment, surround a table in the kitchen; the light sculpture is by Isamu Noguchi, the candlesticks are by , the cabinetry is custom-made and the Tara sink fittings are by .
Inside the home of Mark Badgley and James Mischka, bookshelves are placed up to the ceiling to make room for their many cookbooks.
Jeweler 's kitchen in her Brooklyn Heights home gives off retro vibes, thanks to its checkerboard tile work. The various patterns used add depth to the space.
In Coldplay guitarist Jonny Buckland's home, the kitchen cabinets and hood are custom designs, the barstools by Lawson-Fenning are covered in a leather by Edelman, and the penny tiles are by Ann Sacks.
Model Anne Bannert made the mahogany top for this kitchen's 1950 wood-fired barbecue grill. The copper hood is from the same decade, and the steel chair was found at the local dump.
In his kitchen in New York's East Village, interior designer country feel, even in the center of the city.created a sunny, inviting space by saturating nearly every available surface in lemon-yellow paint. A happy, low-cost renovation, it gives this small space an inviting
In the kitchen of a London flat designed by , 19th-century neoclassical prints from are displayed against 's Tamarin wallpaper from . Hanging the pots high on the wall saves major cupboard space.
In the kitchen of a Manhattan home designed by , the cabinets are painted a fiery Tulip Red from . The bright hue distracts the eye from the room's tight corners.
Furniture magnate Ashley Stark's Manhattan apartment kitchen features light fixtures from . The vent hood and cooktop are by and the dishwasher is by .
In Aerin Lauder's East Hampton home, the kitchen light fixture is from , the stools are vintage Frances Elkins, and the lithograph is by Ellsworth Kelly. The art's large size actually makes the room feel larger, and adds visual interest to the otherwise empty wall.
The thick black lines that run throughout this kitchen in a Hamptons home give the impression that it's bigger than it actually is. The space includes a stove with a custom-made hood, an clock and custom cabinetry with handles.
The kitchen cabinetry in this Wisconsin home is custom made, and matches the kitchen's wall. This creates a seamless look that distracts the eye from the room's limited space. The oven and cooktop are by , and the stainless steel countertops were manufactured by a restaurant supply company; the vent hood is by , the dishwasher is by , and the sink fittings are by .
Hand-painted glassware and collections of china become the focal point in this small kitchen of a Connecticut house designed by Lou Marotta. The cupboard's light blue backing draws the eye directly to the statement items.
This kitchen in a Manhattan apartment doesn't hold back in the color department, and it pays off. The cabinets, walls and table are painted in ; the stove is by , and the floor is laser-cut linoleum.
Event designer 's Manhattan kitchen features an pot rack hanging over a salvaged pine island, putting the typically underutilized space to good use.
If you're not blessed with a separate dining space, follow gallery owner 's lead and place your table right in the middle of your kitchen. It makes carrying your food to the table so much easier, and can even serve as extra counter space in a pinch. The vintage table is by Hans Wegner, and the chairs are midcentury designs by Kaare Klint.