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Haus of Clay
Haus of Clay
Fraley and Company
This little kitchen didn't even know it could have this much soul. The home of a local Portland Oregon tile artist/manufacturers, we went full retro green in this kitchen remodel. Schweitzer Creative
Havertown Petite Kitchen
Havertown Petite Kitchen
Design Manifest
High end, highly custom complete kitchen remodel with amazing details. THE KEY FEATURES - Dining Room Wall removed - Island w/ sink, dishwasher and trash/recycling; eating area that seats 2-3 people on the other side - Full height Pantry next to refrigerator - 36″ paneled refrigerator - 3 Work Zones: the island, left of the range, right of the range - Snack Zone: a place away from the work zone to house the toaster, coffeemaker and microwave - Dish/ Cutlery Storage: Two sets of dishes and cutlery also store in the cabinets on the snack zone wall. - Ample Cooking storage: Two 45″ and 33″ base cabinets with adjustable roll-out shelves provide ample space for pots/ pans / cooking supplies - Garden Window Relocated and Re-sized. . Photo by Courtney Apple
Kitchen Design
Kitchen Design
Griggs & Co. Homes Inc.
Remodeled kitchen features custom built cabinetry, wall-mounted foldable surfboard bar, wood trim, and vaulted ceilings
Inspiration for a small coastal l-shaped gray floor and vinyl floor kitchen remodel in Other with shaker cabinets, blue cabinets, blue backsplash, mosaic tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, no island and white countertops
BEECH HAUS ADU
BEECH HAUS ADU
Dyer Studio Inc.
Converted from an existing Tuff Shed garage, the Beech Haus ADU welcomes short stay guests in the heart of the bustling Williams Corridor neighborhood. Natural light dominates this self-contained unit, with windows on all sides, yet maintains privacy from the primary unit. Double pocket doors between the Living and Bedroom areas offer spatial flexibility to accommodate a variety of guests and preferences. And the open vaulted ceiling makes the space feel airy and interconnected, with a playful nod to its origin as a truss-framed garage. A play on the words Beach House, we approached this space as if it were a cottage on the coast. Durable and functional, with simplicity of form, this home away from home is cozied with curated treasures and accents. We like to personify it as a vacationer: breezy, lively, and carefree.
Boathouse
Boathouse
JRG Design
Inspiration for a small rustic l-shaped medium tone wood floor and beige floor kitchen remodel in Minneapolis with recessed-panel cabinets and dark wood cabinets
eclectic green and gray washed alder kitchen
eclectic green and gray washed alder kitchen
M&M Interiors
This couples small kitchen was in dire need of an update. The homeowner is an avid cook and cookbook collector so finding a special place for some of his most prized cookbooks was a must!
Round Hill Kitchen
Round Hill Kitchen
Stonegate Construction, Inc.
Fold up counter on the right extends the work area as needed. Photos by Stonegate Construction, Inc.
Example of a small country galley medium tone wood floor eat-in kitchen design in DC Metro with a farmhouse sink, beaded inset cabinets, white cabinets, wood countertops, stainless steel appliances and no island
Pantries
Pantries
Closet POSSIBLE
A pantry that has it all! Sliding baskets, drawers corner shelving and vertical storage (for baking pans and books) – the dream pantry for many! Pennington, NJ 08534. Closet Possible
Tiny House at Cheekwood
Tiny House at Cheekwood
Noble Johnson Architects
Kitchenette/Office space with loft above accessed via a ladder. Photography: Gieves Anderson Noble Johnson Architects was honored to partner with Huseby Homes to design a Tiny House which was displayed at Nashville botanical garden, Cheekwood, for two weeks in the spring of 2021. It was then auctioned off to benefit the Swan Ball. Although the Tiny House is only 383 square feet, the vaulted space creates an incredibly inviting volume. Its natural light, high end appliances and luxury lighting create a welcoming space.
Gladstone Kitchen & Keeping Room Remodel
Gladstone Kitchen & Keeping Room Remodel
Terracotta Design Build
Jeff Herr
Small mountain style l-shaped light wood floor enclosed kitchen photo in Atlanta with stainless steel appliances, an undermount sink, shaker cabinets, white cabinets, granite countertops, white backsplash and subway tile backsplash
Blue English Country Kitchen in Connecticut
Blue English Country Kitchen in Connecticut
Nukitchens
This charming blue English country kitchen features a Shaw's farmhouse sink, brushed bronze hardware, and honed and brushed limestone countertops. Kyle Norton Photography
Petite Perfection
Petite Perfection
Carl Mattison Design
kitchen, eat-in area
Small transitional open concept kitchen photo in Atlanta with shaker cabinets, gray cabinets, quartz countertops, gray backsplash, ceramic backsplash, stainless steel appliances and no island
Pantry in Blue
Pantry in Blue
Curate by Tara
Mekenzie France Photography
Kitchen - small transitional single-wall medium tone wood floor kitchen idea in Charlotte with an undermount sink, recessed-panel cabinets, blue cabinets, marble countertops, blue backsplash, porcelain backsplash and stainless steel appliances
Reclaimed Backyard Cottage
Reclaimed Backyard Cottage
Targa Homes
Example of a small danish galley cork floor open concept kitchen design in Seattle with an undermount sink, shaker cabinets, white cabinets, wood countertops, white backsplash, subway tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances and a peninsula
Watkins Historical Ranch - Main House
Watkins Historical Ranch - Main House
Miller-Roodell Architects Ltd
Located near Ennis, Montana, this cabin captures the essence of rustic style while maintaining modern comforts. Jack Watkins’ father, the namesake of the creek by which this home is built, was involved in the construction of the Old Faithful Lodge. He originally built the cabin for he and his family in 1917, with small additions and upgrades over the years. The new owners’ desire was to update the home to better facilitate modern living, but without losing the original character. Windows and doors were added, and the kitchen and bathroom were completely remodeled. Well-placed porches were added to further integrate the interior spaces to their adjacent exterior counterparts, as well as a mud room—a practical requirement in rural Montana. Today, details like the unique juniper handrail leading up to the library, will remind visitors and guests of its historical Western roots.
Deco-Mod Pool House with Open Shelving
Deco-Mod Pool House with Open Shelving
Marcelle Guilbeau, Interior Designer
pool house kitchenette, photo by Gieves Anderson
Small transitional single-wall multicolored floor kitchen photo in Nashville with a single-bowl sink, open cabinets, white cabinets, white backsplash, subway tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances
Saratoga Hill House, Resilient Design, Camano Island WA
Saratoga Hill House, Resilient Design, Camano Island WA
Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects
View to Kitchen from dining room. Saratoga passage at dusk. Photography by Lucas Henning.
Small minimalist l-shaped porcelain tile and beige floor eat-in kitchen photo in Seattle with an undermount sink, glass-front cabinets, brown cabinets, solid surface countertops, white backsplash, ceramic backsplash, stainless steel appliances, an island and white countertops
Richmond Kitchen Remodel - University City, MO
Richmond Kitchen Remodel - University City, MO
RSI Kitchen & Bath
Anne Matheis Photography
Example of a small cottage l-shaped porcelain tile kitchen design in St Louis with shaker cabinets, blue cabinets, quartz countertops, white backsplash, subway tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, an island and an undermount sink
Culcatta Quartz Countertop
Culcatta Quartz Countertop
Gomez Granite Countertops
Kitchen - small contemporary u-shaped porcelain tile and brown floor kitchen idea in Grand Rapids with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, quartzite countertops, gray backsplash, matchstick tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances and a peninsula
Beacon Hill Mid-Century
Beacon Hill Mid-Century
Ore Studios
Lauren Colton
Small mid-century modern l-shaped medium tone wood floor and brown floor open concept kitchen photo in Seattle with a single-bowl sink, flat-panel cabinets, medium tone wood cabinets, marble countertops, white backsplash, stone slab backsplash, paneled appliances and an island

At their worst, small kitchens can be a headache for home cooks. But with a little organization and creativity, they can be efficient, delightful spaces. Whether you need small kitchen flooring or remodeling ideas or simply a bit of design inspiration, you’ll find plenty of photos here to guide your project. As you browse small kitchen ideas, take note of the sorts of storage tricks and decor ideas that you find inspiring — and perhaps you’ll be able to create quite a lot out of your little space.

1. Make Use of Wall Space and Smart Organizers

One of the biggest challenges of a small kitchen is fitting all of your cooking tools within limited cupboard space. On top of that, you’ll want to avoid keeping too many appliances on your already small counters. While you browse small kitchen ideas for storage, consider how other kitchens use wall space and efficient vertical organization to save space. To work with a small kitchen pantry, make use of cabinet organizers. Magnetic knife racks, pegboards for hanging pans and portable kitchen islands are all useful tools for organizing a small kitchen. In the best small kitchens, cooking should feel easy and convenient, with all of your tools easily reachable and ready to go.

2. Go Bold With One or Two Decorative Accents

In compact spaces, any stylistic choices you make will have a big impact. If you’re looking for small kitchen decor ideas, pay attention to the colors, materials and patterns that other small kitchens use to their benefit. One of the biggest upsides of taking on a small kitchen remodel is that your material costs will be much lower than for larger spaces. Depending on your budget, this may mean you can splurge on luxurious materials like quartz or granite, or funnel your money towards a high-end stovetop. (Just because you have a tiny kitchen doesn’t mean your food has to be any less gourmet!) When you’re decorating a small kitchen, it can be wise to focus on one or two accents that will guide the rest of the room. Add a vibrant plant to a small modern kitchen, or a colorful rug to a more traditional space. Bold backsplashes can also go a long way in a little kitchen.

3. Be Creative With Your Space

Whether you’re looking for small kitchen ideas for apartments or starting from scratch with a remodel, there are a number of ways to handle tight floor plans. From galley kitchens to L-shaped spaces, the features you decide to include and forego are key. If you’re looking for small kitchen ideas with an island, consider using a roll-away version that can be pushed to the side when not in use. For apartment dwellers in need of a small kitchen table, consider a fold-out table connected to the wall, or a round table placed in the corner. When changing the layout of your kitchen simply isn’t an option, there are also small updates you can make so the space works for you. If you’re looking for small kitchen space ideas on a budget, consider repurposing your countertop as a breakfast bar or adding standing shelves where needed.


Whether you want inspiration for planning a small kitchen renovation or are building a designer kitchen from scratch, Houzz has 92,699 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Marcelle Guilbeau, Interior Designer and Curate by Tara. Look through kitchen pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a small kitchen design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful small kitchen photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.