White walls, cabinets, countertops and shelving make this small kitchen in a New York City apartment feel bright and fresh. Dishes, pots and pans are cleverly displayed, accounting for storage and decor all in one.
On the back wall of this contemporary kitchen, frosted glass and steel cabinets offer visual relief from the texture of the bamboo. A nook for the microwave and a storage display for wine offer more countertop space for food prep. There's also a tambour door in the back corner, effectively hiding several small appliances which used to permanently reside out in the open on the countertop.
Bigger islands are all the rage, says designer Donna Mathis of Haven Design Works. She suggests upsizing a small island by adding table legs and expanding the tabletop, giving you counterspace and a place for bar stools.
The mood is kept simple in this contemporary neutral kitchen with its all-white cabinets, brown granite countertops and wood floors. The deep sheen on the stainless steel refrigerator, microwave and deep, double sink adds a modern touch.
This small kitchen makes the most of its space with plenty of storage behind glass-front cabinets. The light wood cabinets and sunny yellow backsplash brightens up the small space for an airy and open feel.
In a compact kitchen, a narrow, wheeled cart can be a space-savvy alternative to a traditional built-in island. “This custom-made walnut and stainless steel kitchen island was designed to save space and provide flexibility in the kitchen,” say designers Roy and Jen Leone. “The countertop is character-grade walnut butcher block ordered online, while the stainless steel base was fabricated by a local shop in Brooklyn. The island design allows stools to tuck under and out of the way when not in use or during a party. Also, the entire island can be rolled and then locked into place with locking casters.”
Instead of a complete open plan design, this kitchen features a large pass-through window. The dark blue cabinets are a refreshing surprise and contrast to the home's many white elements and help the small kitchen feel both sophisticated and intimate.
Its all about the wine in this small kitchen. Glass floating shelves house wine glasses, while the mobile island includes wine bottle storage. The island is trimmed with a stainless steel countertop and accented with wood cabinetry. A pair of wine bottle paintings add color to the space while gray kitchen counters complement the stainless island countertop.
Designer tips can work in any kitchen. Just ask designer Egypt Sherrod, who installed these creative table trays as great wall decor for this simple kitchen she helped design for Dwell with Dignity, a nonprofit group working to create soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. Inexpensive trays, which can be found at stores like HomeGoods and Pier 1, make for interesting wall art and go with the universal theme of eating and entertaining that is the heart of every kitchen.
The owners of this California contemporary home chose to keep the galley kitchen because it fit the character of the house. The design team removed a partition between the kitchen and laundry to open up the space and included a mix of walnut and white cabinets to keep the vibe funky and young. As a cost-saving and time-saving feature, the cabinets use Ikea boxes with semi-handmade fronts. A colorful rug pops in the neutral space.
Whether wood or metal, antique or new, tables, chests and other furniture can provide prep space and storage just as well as a built-in island. This mobile, expandable island came from an antiques market in Atlanta for decorator Clinton Rice's townhome. An island like this is visually interesting and gives so much versatility for food prep and entertaining; plus if you need more room in your kitchen, you can move it to the side.