10 Small Kitchen Design Ideas That Are Unique and Fresh

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    Cottage Industry

    English Cottage Tudor Small Kitchen Idea
    English Cottage Tudor Small Kitchen Idea. Emily Henderson / Style By Emily Henderson

    Small kitchens were practically made for remodeling. You can pour all of your creative energy into designing a small kitchen because your dollar goes farther. With so many unique designs available, you will have no shortage of ideas for your own remodel.

    English Cottage Kitchen

    Is this a conventional L-shaped kitchen or an English Tudor-style Cottage kitchen? It is a little of both. Emily Henderson did begin with the classic L-shape that so many homes have, but she transformed it into a charming...MORE light-filled space with a cozy, cottage English feel.

    Brass is back, but not the brass of the 1980s. To begin with, Emily judiciously used brass instead of spreading it everywhere. Second: Emily's brass is unlacquered, so it develops a deep, antique patina over time. She admits that it is tough to maintain but well worth it. 

    What makes this small kitchen soar is the white-dominant paint color scheme. White opens up everything and reflects the maximum amount of light. 

    Find It: Emily Henderson's English Tudor Cottage kitchen

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  • 02 of 10

    Faded Elegance

    Elegant Country Style Small Kitchen Design
    Elegant Country Style Small Kitchen Design. Flea Market Trixie

    How to transform a classic one-wall small kitchen into an object of beauty? Designer and lover of all things shabby-chic, blogger Flea Market Trixie continued her home's faded-elegant country style into her kitchen when she remodeled.

    Dull white melamine cabinets are turned into white Shaker-style wood cabinets with faux raised legs. Closed cabinets are transformed into airy, welcoming open shelving, the better to display flea market china, glassware, and other must-have treasures. Replacing...MORE the ordinary ceiling light with a graceful chandelier is the crowning touch on this small kitchen wrought elegant!

    Find It: Flea Market Trixie's fantastically chic small kitchen

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  • 03 of 10


    Nautical Small Kitchen Design
    Nautical Small Kitchen Design. The Inspired Room / Melissa Michaels


    For her gracious Pacific Northwest house, with sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound, Melissa Michaels retained her kitchen's basic footprint but demolished the rest. Making this into an open plan kitchen instantly expanded the small space.

    Any self-respecting Seattle home needs a nautical theme, and this one definitely has it. But Melissa's touches are gentle, not literal: a porthole-shaped window; interior shiplap siding; aged brass fixtures; arched doorways.

    Find It: M...MOREelissa Michaels' nautical themed small kitchen at The Inspired Room

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  • 04 of 10

    Island Paradise

    Small Kitchen Island Solution
    Small Kitchen Island Solution. Chris Loves Julia


    Chris and Julia began with a time-worn, nondescript and quite weary small kitchen in their Idaho home. Like any U-shaped kitchen owners, they faced the challenge of a space defined by three unmovable borders. To make things worse, a massive nonagon-sided (yes, that's nine-sided) kitchen island dominated the area, sucking away precious floor space. Plus, the island's overhangs jutted into the room, monopolizing even more area. But they had a solution.

    First, they freed up space by...MORE recessing the refrigerator into the cabinets. Secret: counter-depth fridges don't so much minimize appliance size as they do maximize cabinet size, all while cleverly disguising this by creating a single, continuous line the entire length of the wall.

    But the game-changer was to ditch the hulking island and replace it with a gorgeous freestanding black island with a butcher-block top. Four-sided and moderately sized, this new island not only provides them with tons more space, it's a beautiful addition that matches the cabinets.

    Find It: Chris Loves Julia's two-toned small kitchen with butcher block island


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  • 05 of 10

    Replacement Therapy

    Small Corridor Kitchen Remodel
    Small Corridor Kitchen Design Idea. Little Bits Of

    Imagine your delight as a cook in this lovingly remodeled corridor-style kitchen. Foodie and chef Kelsey of the popular blog Little Bits Of feels this joy every time she steps into her kitchen, with its high, sweeping ceilings, generous counter space, and large farmhouse (apron) sink.

    Of course, it wasn't always like this. Designed by Kelsey, executed by a local contractor, this small kitchen remodel came together in less than five weeks (but with much dust and effort!). 

    The coup de grace is...MORE the breakfast bar, formerly an interior wall. By removing this wall--which served no structural purpose--and replacing it with the bar and stools, she introduced ​so many positives to her new kitchen. Chiefly, her kitchen is flooded with light on both ends. Also, not just the kitchen but the whole house is open and flowing. And it's so functional, adding quick seating room. Onlookers can alight on a stool with a glass of wine and chat with the chef while she is cooking.

    Find It: Little Bits Of Kelsey's corridor small kitchen remodel

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  • 06 of 10

    Thinking Inside the Box

    Small Kitchen Stove in Breakfast Bar
    Small Kitchen Stove in Breakfast Bar. Pinch of Yum

    When you have a small kitchen, it pays to be creative when it comes to rearranging the kitchen footprint. Food blogger Lindsay at Pinch of Yum had a problem: the stove was shoved in the dark recesses of her box-like small kitchen.

    Her solution? Rearrange. She took the rather unique step of adding a breakfast bar and moving cooking activities there. This freed up tons of space for more cabinets. And now she has a place where she can socialize with girlfriends or husband Bjork as she cooks up some...MORE of her culinary delights.

    Find It: Lindsay and her rearranged small kitchen at Pinch of Yum

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  • 07 of 10

    Gorgeous Galley

    Small Galley Kitchen with Removed Wall
    Small Galley Kitchen with Removed Wall. Run to Radiance

    Galley-style kitchens are, by definition, small. In fact, they are so small that lifestyle blogger Tania reports that she felt "embarrassed" to have such a tiny kitchen in a large, 2,800 square foot house.

    The most effective solution for galley kitchens is usually to remove a wall. One wall is typically an exterior wall, which cannot for removed. So it's the other wall that comes down--if the house structure permits.

    What to do with that empty space? Many homeowners just leave it open....MORE Tania added a peninsula, giving her a place to park the dishwasher and sink, as well as providing more countertops and storage.

    Find It: Tania's galley kitchen remodel at Run to Radiance

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  • 08 of 10

    Bold and Brassy

    French Style Green and White Small Kitchen Idea
    French Style Green and White Small Kitchen Idea. Emily A. Clark

    With its brass highlights and three-tone color scheme, Emily Clark's freshly remodeled small kitchen calls to mind a lovely French brasserie kitchen at some indeterminate mid-point in the last century. Aged copper-green painted cabinets make the end of the room pop with delightful color, working in perfect harmony with the black honed granite countertops and glowing gold touches.

    Find It: Emily A. Clark's green and white kitchen transformation

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  • 09 of 10

    Beautifully Blue

    Blue Painted Cabinets Small Kitchen Design
    Blue Painted Cabinets Small Kitchen Design. Hey Let's Make Stuff

    With its dated, dismal oak cabinets, Cori's small kitchen was no place of joy. So she did the natural thing: she painted the cabinets. In an age when white color schemes rule the kitchen, blue might be seen as risky, unique.

    But look where creativity and courage can take you. Now Cori's kitchen--its teal cabinets working well with the rich, natural wood butcher block counters--is a bright place of happiness and joy.

    Find It: Cori's kitchen remodel at Hey Let's Make Stuff

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  • 10 of 10

    Tile Delight

    Tile-Centric Small U-Shaped Kitchen Design
    Tile-Centric Small U-Shaped Kitchen Design. Centsational Style

    The secret is out: tile is the cure for so many small kitchen design woes.

    When you are tasked with designing a remodel for a local shelter home, as Kate Riley of Centsational Style was, you are faced with limitations. First limitation: the tiny U-shaped footprint.

    But Kate knew that tile--ultra-colorful and shimmering--works wonders in small spaces. She purchased inexpensive clearance ceramic tile at her local Home Depot. In shades of blue, green, and cream, it's a tile that "changes...MORE colors throughout the day, more colorful in bright light and subdued in indirect light," as Kate reports.

    Find It: Kate's shelter home small kitchen remodel from Centsational Style