Small (But Mighty) Kitchens to Steal Inspiration from Right This Instant

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Tiny Dining

Nate Berkus didn’t let a small space stop him from adding a tiny table and chairs to his old Chicago kitchen. The metal cabinets are original to the apartment from 1929 and provide just the right amount of industrial-chic space.


This Provincetown cottage was once a simple fishing shack. David Cafiero used nautical themes throughout the home, including this tiny galley kitchen inspired by a ship’s galley.


The Brooklyn apartment has a super-high ceiling and plenty of natural light. Danielle Fennoy, the designer at Revamp Interior Design, injected a jolt of vibrant colors into the kitchen-dining area, such as this emerald-green backsplash, which replaced the developer’s original white subway tile. Retro-chic Knoll chairs were reupholstered with scarlet Ultraleather to make them “nightclub-ready.”


The resident of the Manhattan apartment is a busy New Yorker and doesn’t cook much. But that doesn’t make the kitchen a second-class citizen. Sarah Mendel and Risa Emen of Cochineal Design transformed the space into a functional showcase, using bold marble and cabinets painted in Farrow & Ball’s sultry Preference Red. Bonus: This is the perfect spot to display the client’s ceramic collection.


It’s sometimes best to embrace chaos. We can’t imagine a more jubilant kitchen nook than that of William Cullum and Jeffery Rhodes, senior designers at Jayne Design Studio. The Victorian-era hot pink pie safe houses antique serveware while the goat sculpture (formerly an exhibit fixture at Saks Fifth Avenue) cheekily guards (in disguised artwork) the fridge against midnight snack marauders. This is a space where anything goes as long as it’s you.

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Statement Hood

This kitchen in a family-friendly Brooklyn apartment, designed for the Civilian co-founders, is full of whimsical details and plenty of storage. The island is topped with a stunning piece of marble and doubles as storage for cookbooks and dishes.


Lacquered cabinets are everywhere these days. This chic example in a Paris pad, designed by Hugo Toro, proves the finish can give oomph even to the smallest spaces. Toro also added brass finishes to the ceiling (look at that!). The walls, ceilings, and countertops are all adorned with bold marble.

Airy and Bright

Unsurprisingly, a light color palette can create the illusion of more space. The feathery marble, crisp white cabinets, and warm wood details in the Washington, D.C., Dan Sallick and Elizabeth Miller house create the airiest kitchen nooks. The David Weeks inky chandelier is a striking addition.


The Milan apartment belongs to Lisa Corti. We love the sunny pale, lavender kitchen. The color helps to define the space. Lisa Corti customized it with open shelves, knickknacks, and a sky-blue table.


Fouquet’s kitchen is an excellent example of how to use space unconventionally. Instead of fighting it, he embraced the odd architecture and created a cooking area with a triangular shape, echoing the geometries of the building. He installed shelving into the triangular structural elements.


Nicole Gibbons, a designer and paint entrepreneur from New York City, has a small apartment, but she made her kitchen appear light and airy with dappled walls. The designer and paint entrepreneur Nicole Gibbons made the most of her space and budget by creating a tiny breakfast nook with its gallery wall. She also used a small table and Marcel Breuer-style chairs.


The kitchen of an alpine retreat is small. Still, its clever spatial solutions, including the shelves above the sink and the solid material palette of local stone and wood, allow the space to be cozy and functional.


Kitchens are no exception. A small space can be a great excuse to get creative. This genuinely unique kitchen in St. Petersburg is an actual work of art. Tim Veresnovsky, a designer from St. Petersburg, covered the walls and cabinets of this apartment in black-and-white striped eucalyptus.


A covelike kitchen in a Roman Penthouse may appear tight, but its crisp counters and ample storage underneath keep it feeling architectural, not cramped. A neutral color scheme of peach, white, and grey also gives the impression that a larger room is being created.


Mark Grattan, a designer from Mexico City, has a kitchen with all-white cabinets, tiles, and countertops. However, he added pops of gold, terracotta, and earthy tones in the form of travertine counters, a golden rug, and an earthy plant stand. If you have the space and the light, why not add a tree to your kitchen?


A small kitchen can appear more significant when it has an open concept. This is the case in this East Village condominium designed and owned by Augusta Hoffman. She incorporated organic elements to contrast the modern island and cabinetry.


Choose open shelves instead, as Charlie Ferrer did in this Manhattan Studio Apartment. He also added green shelves in the style of Donald Judd and a vintage Italian wallcovering he bought in Provence that reminded him of “carpaccio.”


Amaro Sánchez de Moya, an interior designer from Seville, Spain’s pied-a-terre, brings the outdoors inside with a vintage Spanish table and chairs. The vintage Spanish garden table and chairs blend in seamlessly with the theme of this country-style, fun kitchen.


The kitchen of Emiliano Salci’s Milan apartment, creative director at Dimorestudio, is painted black and yellow. The walls add a unique flair to the room and coordinate with an unexpected green counter.


This minimalist Stockholm apartment belongs to a four-person family. The kitchen has stainless steel countertops and lower cabinetry, allowing plenty of storage below eye level.