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20 small open-plan kitchen ideas (to improve yours)

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Can an open-plan layout really work in a small space? Will a tiny kitchen be able to function perfectly and still look amazing stylish? The answer to both questions is YES! 

We know we sometimes focus on larger properties but today it's the turn of small, modest homes that have used open kitchens and we're confident you'll love every one of them! 

Each has been carefully coordinated by a kitchen planner but you'll be able to glean some amazing ideas to help improve yours, so check out some of our favourite small open-plan kitchens.

1. Pale colours and matching wood

Open space kitchen and dining room.: classic Kitchen by XTid Associates
XTid Associates

Open space kitchen and dining room.

XTid Associates

Makes this transition seamless.

2. Cool as ice

classic Kitchen by homify
homify

Остров на кухне. Стеклянные перегородки отделяют от гостиной.

homify

This blue kitchen opens out into a dining room and has a mere glass sliding door through to the rest of the space.

3. Fully open

Country style Interior for an appartment kitchen and living room: country Living room by Inspiria Interiors
Inspiria Interiors

Country style Interior for an appartment kitchen and living room

Inspiria Interiors

We love how this kitchen is completely open in the room. Not even a worktop separates it!

4. Wood all around

A splash of dark and brooding colour is all that defines this lovely corner kitchen.

5. Positive vibes

Open Plan Living: modern Living room by iroka
iroka

Open Plan Living

iroka

The energy here is so positive and, by having no top cupboards, this kitchen blends wonderfully into the surroundings.

6. Almost invisible

modern Dining room by H建築スタジオ
H建築スタジオ

ダイニング・キッチン

H建築スタジオ

The all-white cabinets almost make this kitchen disappear from sight!

7. Clear distinction

Only one non-load-bearing wall stands inbetween this modern glossy kitchen and the corridor, but the floor beautifully defines where one space ends and the next start.

8. Splash of pink

Open-Plan Kitchen/Living Room, Ladbroke Walk, London : modern Kitchen by Cue & Co of London
Cue & Co of London

Open-Plan Kitchen/Living Room, Ladbroke Walk, London

Cue & Co of London

With all-white everything (including the fitted kitchen), the pink accent splashback is gorgeous and perfectly ties in with the sofa cushion!

9. Orange is the new white

modern Kitchen by Студия интерьерного дизайна happy.design
Студия интерьерного дизайна happy.design

Дизайн кухни в современном стиле в ЖК Панорама

Студия интерьерного дизайна happy.design

This wonderfully zingy space  gets better the more you look at it.

10. Clever use of space

With all the full-height items at one end of the kitchen, this use of space is inspired.

11. Yellow fever

It looks like the mice have been at this kitchen! With such a bold colour choice, it's great that the wider living area is white and offers no dramatic contrast.

12. Simple yet stylish

Part of a fabulous loft conversion, the simplicity of this set up is what makes it work so well.

13. Small yet mighty

See? Tiny kitchens with minuscule breakfast bars really can work and look great as part of an open-plan space. Notice how the traditional wood cleverly boxes out and frames different areas.

14. Take a second look

Upon first sight this looks like a large home. However, after you realise this is everything, you see it differently! A narrow but wide open-plan kitchen uses the space most effectively.

15. No fuss, please

When an open-plan space is too fussy, it can look small and pokey. Fortunately, this version is so simple and fluid (just look at the worktop-to-table connection) that it works.

16. Cosy and warm

Wood cabins always look phenomenal left open-plan. It's due to the warmth of the wood making every facet of the space look cosy and inviting… like this kitchen!

17. How do you fit a whole kitchen into one corner?

Exactly like this! We adore this space-savvy cube of a kitchen.

18.Optical illusion

Open Plan Kitchen with Glass Wall : modern Kitchen by Elan Kitchens
Elan Kitchens

Open Plan Kitchen with Glass Wall

Elan Kitchens

A bit of a trick of the eye, this kitchen is actually sunken down from the floor. Note the ingenious matching of the wooden floor with the cupboard tones.

19. Beautiful contrast

In a pale, open-plan space, a darker kitchen offers beautiful contrast.

20. All-white is all right

We'll always love a white, open-plan kitchen.

If you like the idea of open-plan living, take a look at this Ideabook: A masterclass in open-plan living.

Why would you love an open-plan kitchen?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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