Few rooms in our home demand as much attention as the kitchen. It is the heart and soul of the house and in contemporary homes with open living plans and extensions that connect the interior with the outdoors; it is kitchen that is quickly becoming the social hotspot. It brings together family members with ease and a kitchen with a view provides constant connectivity between those involved in preparation and serving of food and those partying outside! Of course, not all of us are blessed with ample space when planning for that dream kitchen and in urban settings, this sense of space is even more confined and often constrained.

Refreshing way to decorate the tiny industrial kitchen in white with natural goodness aplenty [From: New Frontier Tiny Homes]

This is precisely why maximizing space is such a key component of designing the perfect small apartment kitchen. The best tiny kitchens are the ones that do not make you feel claustrophobic or burden you with unnecessary and excessive storage units. It is a balance between making the most of available space and creating a kitchen that you need. Too much or too little in either direction and you have a cluttered and non-functional kitchen that leaves you tired and uninspired. With that in mind, here is a look at 50 best small kitchen ideas that work well in tiny apartments and in modest homes as well –

A Pop of Color for the Tiny Kitchen

We would like to start of journey into the world of small kitchens by altering the myth that only one color should be used in these limited spaces. It is absolutely true that using more than three colors in small kitchens (or for that matter in any small room) can give it a cluttered and ungainly visual appeal. But this does not mean you entirely stay away from color in the tiny apartment kitchen. In fact, we encourage you to use smart accents and lighting fixtures to add bright pops of color to a neutral backdrop. Shelves and cabinets in colors like grayish-blue, pastel pink and mellow yellow seem completely at home in these delightful kitchens.

Color blocking steals the show inside this tiny apartment kitchen in white
Industrial chic kitchen with a brick wall backdrop inside the small Moscow loft apartment
Small kitchen of the open plan living area in white
Small single wall kitchen with bright blue cabinets atop!
Tiny corner L-shaped kitchen inside the chic Paris apartment
Tiny kitchen in white with pops of yellow to enliven it
White and blue in the kitchen creates a breezy modern ambiance
Bright tiles and pops of yellow and blue for the small kitchen in white
Brilliant blue patterened cabinets shape this brilliant corner kitchen inside the Scandinavian apartment

Turn to White in Small Spaces!

We now arrive at the hot favorites for homeowners who want to create the perfect small kitchen – the white, monochromatic kitchen. It goes without saying that this is a kitchen that will serve you well for years to come and an all-white look works well with a wide range of styles – from coastal and industrial to shabby chic and minimal. Of course, you need to alter the materials used for the backsplash, countertops and shelves to create different styles in these bright and cheerful kitchens.

Combining the dining area with the single wall kitchen saves plenty of space
Exquisite and space-savvy tiny kitchen in white and wood
Fabulous modern kitchen at the end of the open plan living inside the Brazilian apartment
Kitchen at the end of the open plan living space inside the small attic apartment

Take your love for the white kitchen a step further this year by embracing the wood and white decorating trend. It is a showstopper that combines warmth of wood with refinement of white. Since you are not adding an additional color to the setting, you won’t have to about visual fragmentation of the limited room.

Lovely little kitchen with a backsplash that adds pattern and geo style
Open plan living brings together kitchen and dining inside the small apartment
Single wall kitchens in white are perfect for the tiny apartment
Sliding doors hide the tiny corner kitchen inside this micro Milan apartment
Small apartment kitchen design like this one has become the standard in recent times
Bar stools and painted brick walls bring textural charm to the small kitchen

Dark Elements for Small Kitchens

Yes, the dreaded shades of black and dark gray – something that the small apartment owner wants to ardently stay away from at all costs. But if you know how to use black or other darker shades in a reserved and elegant manner, then they can create an absolutely stunning small kitchen that feels both unique and sophisticated. Dark chalkboard walls can give the small kitchen a beautiful and adaptable backdrop that is also practical. Black countertops and island worktops along with fixtures and shelving units can anchor a white kitchen with ease while an all-black minimal kitchen steals the spotlight in the urbane apartment. Do not instinctively and blindly run away from black!

Dashing modern industrial single wall kitchen idea for the small apartment
Eclectic kitchen within an ultra-tiny apartment in white with dark countertops
Ergonomic modern kitchen fits into a tiny apartment with murphy bed and foldable decor
Find a smart niche for the modern kitchen inside the small attic apartment
Gorgeous Scandinavian style kitchen in the corner of the tiny Stockholm apartment
Space-savvy tiny kitchen in the corner with dining space next to it
Stunning minimal kitchen in black at the corner of the posh apartment
Amazingly tiny kitchenette in corner for vintage industrial loft in Budapest
Beautiful attic apartment kitchen combines wood, brick and a dash of black!

Design, Décor and Space

Loft levels in tiny apartments are all too common and it is beneath these loft or mezzanine-styled levels that one finds smart kitchens that also save loads of space. Apart from completely utilizing the vertical potential of the kitchen, these little delights also create a more open and cheerful living area and allow you to utilize other walls and corners of the room in a more innovative manner. Now the corner previously designate for the tiny kitchen be used as a cool workspace, play area for kids or just a cozy reading nook.

Kitchen peninsula turns the tiny kitchen into a cozy social space as well!
Multifunctional smart kitchen inside the renovated Barcelona apartment
Steel backsplash brings brightness to the small kitchen of Vancouver apartment
Stone wall section adds character to the tiny kitchen in white
Stylish kitchen with geometric floor tiles for the small Sao Paulo apartment
Tiny nook inside the Scandinavian apartment turned into space-savvy kitchen
Ultra-tiny kitchen of the 18 square meter apartment is a master space-saver!
White tiny kitchen in the corner with subway tile backsplash
Adding a mirror to the open plan interior gives it a more spacious visual appeal
Contemporary kitchen island with shelves offers plenty of storage space in this tiny kitchen [From: Thibaut and Thewood]
Floating wooden shelves at the top add to the storage capacity of the kitchen

Small Single-Wall Kitchens

We love single-wall kitchens for more reasons than one! They feel incredibly convenient, occupy very limited space and offer plenty without demanding too much square footage. If you do not have a corner to spare for the L-shaped kitchen in your small apartment, the single-wall kitchen is your next best alternative. Not everyone needs an island in the kitchen and with all your appliances, storage units and cooking surfaces all nestled on just one wall, your work in the kitchen also becomes a whole lot easier.

Floating shelves and hooks on the walls help save further space in the tiny kitchen
Freestanding TV station delineates the bedroom and living space from the single-wall kitchen
Industrial modern kitchen design maximizes efficiency
Kitchen neatly tucked behind the living room and dining space inside tiny apartment with brick walls
Modern kitchen under the mezzanine level bedroom is a smart space saver
Single wall kitchens with ample shelving save space without visual fragmentation
Uber-small kitchen in white and wood with laundry space as well
Black island fits into the small kitchen elegantly
Dining area and kitchen rolled into one inside the small NYC loft
Even the long hallway can be turned into kitchen in the tiny apartment using a smart counter

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