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Small but functional kitchens
The wall between the kitchen and living room was likely opened up (which we typically do in our projects). Note how symmetry is created by centering the cooktop and hood, cabinetry around it, as well as the island details and lighting. The space is small enough to be functional, but doesn't feel clostrophobic due to the opened space. There is also space for a dining area just off of the kitchen.
Small kitchens can be more functional - you don't have to walk across the equivalent of three rooms to use the microwave. This kitchen makes good use of the space and I like the shelves along the wall to house items that are used often and have a nice aesthetic when displayed. It you display pretty items that you don't use very often they will just get dusty.
Here is another idea when you have an open wall and numerous items to store. There are items that are used frequently on open shelves and the metal crates are a fun and different way to contain items and keep order.
A galley kitchen that is planned well is extremely functional. You don't have to go far to get to anything. Most of our projects don't end up having the spaciousness with an eating area as this one does, but you can make the most of out of the space that you have. The clean lines, simple color scheme and wood floors running through the space help keep that large and airy feel.
This is a nice little kitchen that packs in great work space and find as much storage as possible. Note the cabinet above and to the right of the stove to house the microwave. We will typically open a wall between the kitchen and dining to give this type of open feel. And the mucroom behind is great space to keep the comings and goings in order.
Do you want to keep the microwave off of the counter, but can't seem to find a spot in the cabinets in your small kitchen? Think about a drawer microwave. It takes a little getting used to, but can be useful when you need to conserve your counter space.
This small kitchen makes the most of the tall ceilings. We will use this trick to stack cabinets and use as much vertical space as possible to create storage. They've created an elegant look by topping off with massive crown molding - another trick when you don't quite have room to create more cabinet space.
Here is another example of stacking cabinets to create as much vertical storage space as possible. The wall was likely opened to create an open feel - nice job in transitioning the parquet flooring to traditional planks with a decorative detail. The open feeling is great, but remember that you will lose a whole wall of cabinet space, so you need to make that up somewhere else.
This galley space is interesting with the ladder to give easier access to the upper cabinets.
This kitchen makes the most out of all of the space, even around the corners. Stacked cabinets create vertical space (and note how the height and depth of the wall cabinets change to create visual interest). Love the ceiling detail, too.
I love these pop-up electrical outlets. When you don't have a wall to house an outlet or you don't want to juck up a beautiful backsplash, these are a great option. Just be careful not to put them in a place where you will spill often and gunk will build up around them. Outlet strips hidden at the back of the under side of the upper cabinets is an option, too.
An island or peninsula does not have to be created out of cabinets. I love how this industrial table was used to create a funcational space.
We will often encounter small dining nooks in the small, older homes in the Denver area. They are often awkward spaces that homeowners find difficult use. By using a small, industrial table to create some seating and adding shelves and hooks for storage, this small space feels right at home.
Here is a small kitchen that lends an industrial feel to classic details. Note the placement of the sink, the simple shelf housing frequently-used items. Not a family kitchen, but functional for the one or two person abode.
Handy dandy step stool! Never misplace it again!
Make use of that bare wall by adding shelves to house small items.
Cute galley kitchen keeping the charateristics of the older home while adding some modern touches. Don't be afraid to add storage space in front of the window!
This modern kitchen is small, but still functions well and opens up to the dining room without sacrificing all of the lower cabinets on that wall. A warm and inviting space.
Utilize a narrow hallway to add reduced-depth cabinets for cookbook storage, jars and storage of items not used as often.
Lots of countertop space for a small kitchen!
White doesn't have to be stark white! Here's a white kitchen with a muted palette that makes the space feel larger than it is, yet the dark wood floors and slightly darker ceiling ground the space. Stack smaller cabinets above the uppers to make the most of storage space. And a great way to make space for a small TV!