Style knows no boundaries. When space is limited, it takes smart planning to create a multifunctional and aesthetically appealing kitchen. You may not love that there’s only a few feet between your refrigerator door and the cabinets opposite it, but with some thoughtful use of color, pattern, and material, you can turn even the narrowest galley kitchen into a place you love to look at.
So today we’ve rounded up a selection of kitchens that are on the smaller side to inspire those of you who want a beautiful room for cooking, but don’t have infinite space. Here’s how to make the most of space you have.
Black-and-White Kitchen with Island
The interior design magazine Traditional Home shared this stylish kitchen. Clean white molding against crisp black granite countertops keep this kitchen feeling fresh. The black-and-white scheme culminates on the checkerboard tile flooring to lend interest underfoot, while contemporary light fixtures from Vaughan Designs lend a mod flair.
Sculptural Kitchen Island
A small-scale sculptural island sets an adventurous tone for this 400-square-foot Brooklyn apartment designed by Fitzhugh Karol and Lyndsay Caleo of the The Brooklyn Home Company on House Beautiful Magazine. Brancusi would have liked this island, made from fallen oak and a hand-carved cherry log painted white.
Featured by Elle Decor Magazine, this Swedish kitchen’s custom countertops and shelving are birch, the oven and cooktop are by Gaggenau and the antique stove in the foregroung is original to the house.
Designed by British designer Ben Pentreath, this narrow kitchen on Mydomaine.com is laid out like so many rental apartment kitchens we’ve seen before. Nixing closed cabinetry in favor of shelving opens the space up dramatically, while a printed Roman shade adds a punchy bit of personality.
Small Contemporary Monochrome Kitchen
Not a corner of storage space has been wasted in this this small contemporary kitchen by architectural duo Bureau de Change. Cupboards can be found in the island unit and about the stylish stainless steel fridge. Featured on House and Garden magazine, this small kitchen proves that space can be found in even the most compact environment, you just need to be a little clever and a lot willing.