When selecting paint sheens, keep in mind that shiny surfaces help to make a small space feel larger because they are reflective, like in this modern kitchen with high-gloss orange cabinets. Use a semigloss sheen to visually expand a small kitchen or bathroom. Softer sheens, such as satin or eggshell, give bedrooms — especially kids' rooms and living areas — a more subtle finish.
Several clever strategies make the most of this small corner kitchen: An island with a butcher block counter makes for easy prep work as well as a casual dining spot; a wine refrigerator tucks neatly underneath. On the adjacent wall, cabinets fill the space floor to ceiling for maximum storage.
Modern Coastal Kitchen with Concrete Countertops and Turquoise Blue Stools
The clean, sleek look of this kitchen is achieved with navy blue and white cabinetry and a white subway tile backsplash. To add a modern element, thick concrete counters were poured on site to avoid any seams. Bright, turquoise blue stools and accessories are a fun pop of color. Brass dome pendant lights installed over the counter shine brightly against the white shiplap ceiling.
Sophisticated Small Kitchen With High-End Details & Refined Bar Seating
The espresso color of this kitchen's cabinetry spills over into the living space through its use in sophisticated bar seating and geometric bookshelf. Details like marble counter top, chic modern faucet and intriguing glass pendant lights create a high-end luxury within the small space.
In a small kitchen like this one, every inch of countertop and storage space is essential. To make more of both, the peninsula was extended and the soffits removed. White cabinets, backsplash and counters brighten up the look.
A vaulted ceiling, clean white walls and a front door with large glass panels help make this small kitchen and living area feel bright and open. White Shaker cabinetry conceals a small refrigerator, full-sized dishwasher, microwave and toaster oven. A farmhouse sink and barn-style pendant lights speak to a modern farmhouse aesthetic — as does the open shelving with beadboard backing. Saddle-style barstools provide additional seating.
Small White Cottage Open Plan Kitchen With Pot Rack
A hanging rack is a clever—and attractive—way to store pots and pans when you're short on cabinet space. This kitchen brings additional visual interest via its blue tile backsplash, a nice contrast with the all-white cabinets and countertops.
Shallow cabinets provide storage and extra counter space without taking up too much space in this compact and oddly shaped kitchen. A low backsplash of small square tiles mimics the color in the larger backsplash across the room.