A traditional kitchen interior with blue furnishings

Inspirational Small Kitchen Design Ideas

There are few rooms more important than the kitchen. It’s where many of us start the day, catch up with loved ones over a cup of tea or listen to the radio while doing the daily chores. Such an important space deserves a design that speaks true to your style and personality.

A small kitchen presents many challenges, none more so than the lack of space! However, it’s also full of possibilities, as even a small change like industrial kitchen lighting can make a huge difference. Check out these stunning small kitchens for inspiration to create your look.

Traditional Features

If your kitchen interior is fortunate enough to benefit from some beautiful features, bring them to the front to create a room full of character and charm!

Old, wooden features can bring a wonderful warmth and homeliness to the kitchen, helping to create a space that is uniquely yours. Giving old cupboards a fresh coat of paint can bring them into the interior style while still retaining that classic appeal.

We love how traditional features and furnishings have been used below to create a wonderful and airy kitchen. Subtle, space-saving accessories like the hooks are key to making the most of small spaces.

A traditional kitchen with oven and wooden features

Brooklyn Flat Pendant - 8 Inch – Pewter, £69, by Industville (Image supplied by @thehouseinthehollow)

Maximise Natural Light

You always want your kitchen to be as bright and welcoming as possible, but for small spaces, this point is even more important. Natural light not only breathes energy into a room but can also make it appear more spacious, especially if it’s supported by light furnishings.

The kitchen below is a wonderful example of making the most of natural light. The large window allows the room to bathe in daylight, supported by ambient lighting in darker corners. While we can’t all transform the layout of our kitchens, we can all make sure there’s plenty of space for natural light to move through the space.

A blue kitchen interior with large window and industrial lights by Industville

Brooklyn Umbrella Pendant - 8 Inch – Pewter, £69, by Industville (Image supplied by @theearthypalette)

Super Storage

As with any small space in the home, making the most of storage is a must. For kitchens, storage is deceptively important – you don’t want to have to pull everything out every time you need a pot or pan!

Custom storage arrangements are a great way to make the most of your kitchen space. They’re also an excuse to reinvent your interior style. We love how the cupboards below fit seamlessly with the sleek style of the kitchen and our dome pendants.

A modern kitchen with white cupboards and wooden work surface

Sleek Dome Pendant - 13 Inch – Pewter, £69, by Industville (Image supplied by @our.1930s.semi)

Wall Patterns

Adding character to a small kitchen can seem like a challenge. As mentioned before, unless you use small accessories, one or two items can quickly begin to take over your important tabletop space. Therefore, making use of your walls is crucial to creating a unique style.

Wall patterns can be really effective in small spaces. The contrast when used as part of a statement wall can create a focal point that adds depth to small spaces. We love how the pattern below blends the modern and traditional aspects of the kitchen, pairing perfectly with the wooden tabletop and the brass wall features.

A small kitchen with patterned wallpaper and metal wall light by Industville

Brooklyn Glass Dome Wall Light - 8 Inch, £79, by Industville (Image supplied by @avictorianhouse)

Maximise Minimalism

With space at a premium, it’s no surprise that a minimalist approach usually works best in small kitchens. Minimalism is all about using a few features to create maximum impact, making it a great choice for adding character without sacrificing utility.

The first step to achieving a truly minimalist kitchen is stripping it back to the bare essentials. Then, add small but bright and engaging features to create a space full of style. The interior below is a great example of how eye-catching colours and elements can create a simple but effective design that is full of individuality.

A minimalist kitchen interior with photo frame

Brooklyn Dome Pendant - 13 Inch - Pewter & Brass, £99, and Brooklyn Dome Wall Light - 8 Inch - Pewter & Brass, £89, by Industville (Image supplied by Julie Hepburn)

Vertical Space

Remember, it’s not just your surfaces and walls that make a stylish kitchen. Maximising your vertical space can unlock new possibilities in your interior, especially in small kitchens.

If you have a small kitchen but space overhead, look to make the most of it when it comes to showcasing your style. We love how the white, characterful roof in the kitchen below adds another element to the charming traditional kitchen.

A farmhouse style kitchen with a wooden roof and brick walls

Brooklyn Glass Dome Pendant - 12 Inch, £109, and Swivel Spotlight Flush Mount - Single – Pewter, £49, by Industville (Image supplied by @little_stone_house)

Embrace Nature

Light is the best way to make a space look and feel larger. However, adding natural features provides a similar effect. If you want to add life to your kitchen, including some living elements can go a long way.

Natural features come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, making them perfectly versatile for any space. You don’t need to go overboard, either – the below kitchen is a wonderful example of adding a few natural touches to breathe life into a kitchen design. By adding plants to the corner of the room, it adds an element of activity to an otherwise dark space.

A small kitchen with wooden tabletop and plants

Brooklyn Dome Wall Light - 8 Inch – Pewter, £79, by Industville (Image supplied by Cari Rees)

Small kitchens can be an exciting challenge to design. With a clear vision and appreciation for details and light, it’s possible to achieve anything, no matter the size of the space!

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