This was actually one of my favorite small kitchen remodel projects that I have ever taken on because the unique galley-style floor plan was really fun to work with. Usually kitchen designs for small kitchens feature a miniature box layout just like their larger counterparts. This space was unique in that it is quite long (nearly 14 feet) but was narrow, making it challenging to fit the usual features. One of the things that the homeowner really wanted was an island with seating, so my first task was to figure out how we could make that work in such an unconventional layout. This narrow yet long design was the perfect solution and actually makes the kitchen seem larger because it emphasizes the length of the space. We finished up the design by keeping the kitchen decor ideas simple and uncluttered.
When I was first presented with this small kitchen remodel project, I wasn't quite sure what to do with the fairly cramped layout of the space. As you can see, we have one of those L-shaped small kitchen layouts that supposedly take advantage of the limited space and create the most surface area for working and storing things. However, I was not a fan of how this layout really limited what you can do over in the breakfast nook. There is no way to fit both a dining table and chairs as well as stools in front of the island so I knew that we needed to make some big design decisions. The first step was kitchen cabinet refacing in order to update our old pine cabinets. We ultimately decided to forgo the bar stools in favor of the dining table because we felt that a traditional eating area would be better for the family.
My husband and I are about to take on our small kitchen remodel ourselves so I have been tirelessly researching different layouts and design schemes in order to determine what the best options for our space are. I see that most tiny kitchen ideas feature bright white cabinets and minimal decor and colors in order to keep everything looking clean and open. I understand the reasoning behind it, but it just doesn't go with our particular style preferences. We much prefer rich wood cabinets like these with black and chrome accents. I know that, in theory, this would make our small space seem very crowded but I really want to try anyways. I am particularly set on incorporating one of these kitchen island designs that provides extra seating for guests during one of our frequent parties.
Believe it or not this gorgeous open layout home was considered one of my best small kitchen remodel projects because of what I was able to accomplish in a fairly limited dedicated floor space. Even though the small kitchen renovation was part of this much larger living area, it still only offered less than 100 square feet of dedicated space for the room. In terms of kitchen design, this is actually very small and would ordinarily be quite challenging to fit everything into such limited space. In order to maximize the open layout that we were given, we went with an L-shaped kitchen cabinet design that covered the two corner walls but left the front open into the rest of the room. A large island with seating provided the barrier between the kitchen and living room and marked the separation between to two entertaining spaces.
Whenever I take on a client's small kitchen remodel, I like to begin with a long planning session to ensure that we are on the same page as far as all of the important items and decorative pieces that they wish to have in the space. A kitchen design for small space must be carefully planned out to ensure that all necessary elements are included without making the area seem overcrowded or cluttered. If I could pick any style, I like to go with a sleek contemporary look like this design we recently finished up, because the simple white cabinets and stainless accents are pretty yet subtle enough to provide a soft backdrop to the rest of the space. I also like to go with open kitchen layouts that incorporate the room with other living areas to give the illusion of more dedicated space.
While a lot of designers shy away from a small kitchen remodel because they consider the limited space to rarely be worth the effort, I always love taking on one of these projects because I find the challenge quite invigorating. I think that small kitchen design ideas can be just as bold and exciting as those that you use in a huge space, you just need to know where to be vibrant and where to hang back in order not to overwhelm the space. This particular kitchen is a great example of how to balance your space in order to make it look decorated yet uncluttered. The kitchen decor pops nicely against the simple white backdrop with accents of natural woods and metals, but does not clutter the small kitchen.