Whether you're remodeling a basement rental apartment or guest suite, or a game room for the whole family, having a basement kitchenette can provide a place to cook, store wine and snacks, and help create a sense of home. Space constraints and a lack of natural light can make designing a basement kitchenette challenging. But just because a kitchenette is relegated to the basement doesn't mean it should be an afterthought. Here are some clever ideas for creating a chic, functional basement kitchenette that doesn't skimp on style.
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A Feature Wall and Hidden Storage
For this stylish renovated home basement in Mississauga, Ontario, designers at Pizzale Design Inc. created a kitchenette built into an exposed brick feature wall that includes hidden storage. "A second kitchen was created to accommodate the mother’s love for cooking with more fridge storage," the designers say. A spacious island with a place to drink or dine defines the kitchenette from a nearby sitting area outfitted with a comfy sectional in bold coral upholstery.
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Dark Wood Peninsula
This modern basement apartment conversion has shiny white walls, polished pale gray concrete floors, and layered lighting. A dark wood kitchenette and peninsula tucked into the back end of the room defines and grounds the space. Contemporary glass-front upper cabinetry keeps it feeling airy. The peninsula houses a sink facing the room, and a gilded mirror leaning on the countertop adds a hint of vintage charm.
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Not all basement kitchenettes are created equal. In the UK, townhouses often feature a basement kitchen that opens up onto a terrace or back garden. The Classic English Kitchen range by UK kitchen masters deVOL looks just as great underground as above ground, in classic black and white. Exposed beams, black piping, painted white brick, and a red Anglepoise task light give a polished industrial feel, while an open shelf decorated with a plant and an oil painting adds a homey touch.
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Fun and Functional
"This Manhattan Beach, CA basement kitchen was designed to be fun but functional," says interior designer Rebecca Foster. "The kids can get snacks but also wash dishes in the dishwasher, and it is a combo oven so meals can be cooked, not just microwaved. It is the perfect spot for after beach snacks or dinner and a movie." Stainless steel appliances, gray wood-toned cabinetry, and crisp white painted walls and ceilings give the space a crisp, modern look and multi-colored glass storage jars displayed on open shelving create a focal point.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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This gorgeous little basement kitchenette from the UK's deVOL Kitchens is part of their Real Shaker Kitchen range. Here, Shaker-style cabinets painted in a serene pale blue-green, a farmhouse-style sink, and floating shelves in a darker shade of teal are tucked into an alcove in the room. Wide plank hardwood flooring elevates the space.
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One of the biggest challenges when outfitting a basement kitchenette is ensuring adequate lighting. If your basement space doesn't have windows or natural light of any kind, installing recessed lighting into the ceiling is a clever solution. While the obvious solution might be to opt for can lights, in this contemporary London basement kitchenette designed by Sebastian Cox for deVOL, glass block-style built-in LED panels diffuse warm light from overhead that gives the illusion of natural light and is strong enough to illuminate the functional space.
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This basement kitchenette, complete with a wine fridge from New Perspective Design, is incorporated into a faux brick feature wall, allowing it to blend into the background and keep the focus on a comfortable seating and TV watching area perfect for family movie nights and big games with friends.
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This basement apartment features a kitchenette that occupies one wall. A minimal modern palette of white, gray, and stainless steel and a ceiling panels that include recessed lighting helps define the kitchenette while allowing it to blend into the contemporary space finished with laminate flooring and decorated with a white upholstered convertible sofa, white Eames Eiffel-style chairs, and a glass kitchen table and coffee and side tables to create a sense of lightness to the underground space. Two dark-framed mirrors hung like windows help reflect light from a small window across the room.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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In this basement pool room, a basement kitchenette provides temperature-controlled storage for adult beverages, a mini-fridge, and plenty of built-in storage for snacks. Glass-front, interior-lit upper cabinetry mimics a pair of windows on either side of the kitchenette, and recessed can lighting brightens up the basement space even more.
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While it's not technically a kitchenette, this cellar bar and wine storage corner made up of elements from the Real Shaker Kitchen by deVOL Kitchens is a great alternative for those who love to drink and don't need to cook, preferring to use their basement square footage for an impressive collection of bottles and a dedicated prep area for cocktails.