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40 really easy ways your small kitchen could be better

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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Small kitchens are no problem for us as we know they can be stylish, funky and even fantastically practical. 

Kitchen planners have been trying to convey this message for years, so we thought we'd lend a supportive hand by bringing you an absolute whopper of an Ideabook today, designed to demonstrate just how fabulous a small kitchen is, if you follow some space-savvy tips.

Once you've seen these pictures of bespoke kitchens, we know you're going to stop bemoaning your lack of extra space. Let's get right to them!

1. Save space with a floating microwave

2. Bespoke drawers will fit anywhere

Harbourside kitchen:  Kitchen by Tim Jasper
Tim Jasper

Harbourside kitchen

Tim Jasper

3. Stick to pale colours for a larger look

 Kitchen by Baltic Design Shop
Baltic Design Shop

Minimalistische Eck-Küche

Baltic Design Shop

4. Floating shelves use the height

Peponi House :  Kitchen by STUDIO [D] TALE

Peponi House


5. Top cupboards offer more storage

7. Your breakfast bar can be used for more than one function

 Kitchen by Ferraro Habitat
Ferraro Habitat

Loft-Container 20'

Ferraro Habitat

8. Keep the lighting bright

10. Under-cabinet lights are subtle

11. Monochrome styling is a classic

 Kitchen by Arquitetura 1
Arquitetura 1

Apartamento DE

Arquitetura 1

12. Built-in appliances save space

13. Stainless appliances look great next to colour

14. Never lose sight of the practical functions of the room

16. Keep surfaces clear

17. Do away with cupboard handles

18. Always use wall space over floor space

19. Hide away as much as you can

20. Invest in nifty gadgets

NEW! 2015 Kitchen: PORTLAND + ARCOS:  Kitchen by Schmidt Palmers Green
Schmidt Palmers Green

NEW! 2015 Kitchen: PORTLAND + ARCOS

Schmidt Palmers Green

21. Only add colour as a feature wall

22. Wood makes for a cosy feel

23. Minimalism will get more from your space

Devies Cook Company :  Kitchen by Txell Alarcon
Txell Alarcon

Devies Cook Company

Txell Alarcon

24. Add some personal touches

26. You can't have too many drawers

27. Built-in niches make awkward space usable

28. Set your fridge back for a sleeker profile

 Kitchen by DecaZa Design
DecaZa Design

Cozinha Pequena Planejada

DecaZa Design

29. U-shape kitchens are amazingly practical

30. Have more than one lighting source

31. Try a little pattern, but not too much!

 Kitchen by Estúdio 12b
Estúdio 12b

Cozinha aconchegante

Estúdio 12b

32. Rustic styling lets you throw the rule book away

 Kitchen by Cottage Style / コテージスタイル
Cottage Style / コテージスタイル


Cottage Style / コテージスタイル

33. Task lighting will be more energy-efficient

34. A galley kitchen can look large if you emphasise the length

  by Humanize Arquitetura
Humanize Arquitetura

Projeto de Interior para a cozinha do apartamento C|L

Humanize Arquitetura

35. Informal dining areas keep things pared back

36. Small doesn't have to mean unstylish. Go all out!

37. Blackboard paint turns any wall into a handy shopping list reminder!

38. Don't use opaque blocks where you don't need to. The hollow breakfast bar here is a great example of what we mean

39. Eclectic shelves add a funky touch

 Kitchen by Estúdio 102
Estúdio 102

Bar Gourmet

Estúdio 102

40. An island on wheels is perfect for a small kitchen

For more small kitchen inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 8 Small Kitchens That Are Full Of Charm.

Which of these tips have you already tried in your kitchen?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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