In the center of this small kitchen, designers brought in an undersized, rustic kitchen island that would add a rich, wood tone to the neutral space as well as contribute storage and counter space to the room's design.
Adding a small tabletop atrium to your kitchen can give it an organic, earthy feel. In this kitchen, designers with homebuilder Lennar carry the vibe through the room with a textured tray on the console and earth-toned pastas in glass containers on the back counter.
Two lantern pendant lights hang between exposed wood beams in the ceiling. Below the lights a small kitchen island creates a cozy eat-in space with two leather seat wood chairs. Forrest green countertops add a pleasing deep color against the yellow walls and built in white cabinetry.
In just one week, this eat-in kitchen is reborn as a sleek and vibrant place to prep and serve food in style. To stay on budget, the room's footprint is kept as is, while the existing cabinets are sanded, primed and updated with high-gloss, cranberry-red paint.
If you think that an island only works with an open-concept layout, this galley kitchen designed by TerraCotta Properties is proof that an island can work in a smaller kitchen. The key is to customize the piece to fit the space and allow for traffic flow — around 36 inches — on all sides.
This blue and white kitchen is full of style and sophistication. While it's a small space, it reads like a grand kitchen with a blue granite island, tile floors and linen white cabinets. Stainless steel appliances complement the space while adding a slight industrial feel. Adding blue hanging pendants over the island gives functionality, style and ambience.
When designing seating for a small space, it helps to think outside the box — or, in this case, beyond the rectangle. In this condominium kitchen by Krieger + Associates Architects, Inc., the prep/dining island is wider at one end to accommodate diners, and narrower at the other to improve traffic flow.
The cabinets in this neutral and red kitchen use a mix of wood and glass doors, conveniently providing both covered storage (handy for less sightly items) and visible storage -- useful for your most in demand or attractive things. A small butcher block table extends the island.
The warm, earth-toned kitchen boasts exquisite craftsman style with exposed beams, warm wood cabinets and a small prep island with a butcher block countertop. Bar seating, a trio of stained glass windows and a built-in hutch in soft olive green complete the absolutely stunning design.
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.
A counter-height peninsula provides a functional breakfast area in this small kitchen. White cabinets and light-colored wood keep the space feeling open while a gray tile accent wall adds visual interest and depth to the room.
HGTV's Property Brothers completely renovated this kitchen with a new layout, stone countertop, glass tile backsplash, raised-panel cabinets and a wood island on casters that offers prep space and plenty of storage.
Even though the kitchen space is small, designers wanted to create an open feel without sacrificing functionality, so they added a slender kitchen island with intuitive cabinet design and a long countertop for plenty of storage and prep space.