Some examples of tiny kitchen design include using vertical space effectively, achieving a streamlined look by hiding common items, designating a place for everything, using scaled-down furnishings, incorporating open shelving and using mirrors and single colors to give the space an open feel. Open shelving can replace cabinets to make a tiny kitchen space feel bigger by letting light shine through and keeping walls bare or sparsely decorated.
Working with small kitchen design involves focusing on four areas: lighting, storage, furniture and appliances. Antique mirrors, mirrored panels or mirrored back splashes can create a feeling of openness. Mirrors also reflect natural light, which helps the space feel bigger. Using smaller appliances also helps. Some manufacturers offer compact versions of popular models of larger appliances, such as refrigerators that are 24 rather than 30 inches deep. Microwaves can be mounted under cabinets to save counter space. Many small appliances also come in space-saving combination models.
Storage is often the biggest challenge in small kitchens. If there is unused space in the center of the room, consider creating a functional island that adds to available storage capacity. Getting creative with the dining set also can save space. For instance, consider chairs without arms or benches that store underneath a table to save space.