small spaces : kitchens

Hey guys! What time is it? 

{It’s time for lunch! What time is it? It’s time for lunch!} Okay. Maybe I’m the only one who’s been watching too much Bubble Guppies around here…Outside, outside! Outside, everybody, outside! Line up, everybody, line up, line up, line up, line gup, gup, gup, gup, …..no? I’ll stop now. But I bet that song’s stuck in your head if you have children aged 4 or below…

We started out with foyers + entryways, moved on to living rooms, and last week, dining rooms. (Click here, to see the entire series.) Today, we’re discussing the design of the small kitchen. {This fall, we took a short look at smaller kitchens as well designed spaces, so be sure to click on over for even more inspiring eye candy.}

Obligatory disclaimer: space is all relative, isn’t it? Some of these rooms probably aren’t as tiny as we’d expect…but I still found them to be packed full of great decor ideas, clever use of space, awesome styling, or a little bit of all of the above. This is more of a wide angled lens view for inspiration, if you will.

Storage facility. Eating area. Family gathering place. Race car harbor. Homework station. Entertaining arena. Laundry folding station. Dance partay central. Painting studio. I’m sure I can think of a million more uses…

Kitchens are notorious for multitasking. The one room in our dwelling spaces, that hold the unique task of serving many purposes, while also being the true heart of the home. So what happens if that task suddenly complicates itself because the space is also smaller? Form and function are a top, coexisting priority. Today, I thought we could discuss a few kitchens…and what makes those spaces work.

I’ve never seen glossier cabinets, but I love the fact that these owners obviously embraced the sleek style of the kitchen. It helps it seem modern, and the reflective surfaces make the space appear wider…that’s a very strong point with a galley kitchen.

Giving the walls some timeless qualities with architectural detailing like planks, and removing the upper cabinets to display brightly colored dishes, along with the detail in the cabinetry help give this small kitchen some instant personality.

When all else fails, going with unexpected color is always a fun option.

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In the same way that the reflective surfaces worked above, I love the fact that these homeowners chose a small pattern on a large scale. It also works together to make this kitchen seem larger by actually reflecting light.

The combination of patterns and textures in this kitchen make the space simple, yet interesting.

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This is a great example of how a simple makeover can completely change your kitchen.

This kitchen feels large, with it’s attention to detail.

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The walls are sometimes the last element considered in the creation of a space. Making sure they matter can mean the difference in plain jane and downright interesting.

 In kitchens with limited wall space, the ways in which you choose to utlize it…whether it’s the idea of built in seating or the clever display of artwork, can make a huge difference.

I love this contrast of modern and traditional, vintage and color…all rolled into one. And you know I love the way this art is displayed.

Suddenly, I find myself distracted from the size of the small kitchen, by oogling over the cleverly placed giant fork, chalkboard wall and gorgeous chandy.

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On organization:

keeping the island airy and open, alongside a different pop of color certainly enlivens the room.

I know I’ve probably shown this shot before. But who can resist something so well organized?

be sure to read about the remake of this kitchen.

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again with the replays, but this pantry is drool worthy for any space.

I love how this homeowner infused color in unexpected ways.

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On the clever use of breakfast nooks and banquettes:

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This one may be my favorite ever.

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So that about wraps it up. On the room that must truly perform well in all areas, from organization, to functionality, to aesthetically pleasing elements…and everything in between. Even the dance partays, occasional mini monster truck ralleys, and studio time slots. These are elements that can be applied to spaces, no matter what the size. I hope some of you found some inspiration here, today. Be sure to click here for even more eye candy.

So tell me. What’s your favorite space above? What’s your favorite element about your kitchen, or something you want to change? Happy inspired day, everyone!


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4 Responses to small spaces : kitchens

  1. Karen says:

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this! My house is a mess and my kitchen is messier! These have definitely left me feeling inspired to make some changes and get organized. Thanks again!

  2. Amber says:

    A Bubble Guppies reference AND ideas for my miniscule kitchen? Awesome!

  3. Great line up of small kitchen ideas. Love the open shelving!

  4. Tami says:

    We just got a stainless steel dishwasher added to our rather country kitchen- ya know, warm alder cabinets. I feel like I need to redo my whole kitchen to accommodate the new visitor. Any ideas?