According to House Beautiful, remodeling a small kitchen should minimize clutter, increase efficiency and connect the room to the rest of the house to expand the kitchen space. Each design decision should make the kitchen more functional.
Ideas for minimizing clutter in a kitchen include stacking cabinets in two rows to increase storage space; using special cabinet inserts, such as built-in spice racks and vertical tray slots that help to organize small or oddly shaped items; and installing appliances scaled for the room size to balance the kitchen and allow for additional counter space. Eat-in kitchens can also reduce clutter by using chairs without arms or stools that fit under a counter.
Removing doors improves traffic flow and integrates the kitchen with other rooms. Taking out all or part of a wall has the same effect. Installing cabinets and appliances that extend the same distance from the wall streamlines the kitchen, allowing people to work without bumping into objects. As in any kitchen, the stove or cooktop, refrigerator and sink should be within a step or two of each other to prepare food efficiently.
HGTV says that details such as glass-fronted cabinets and a light color palette can make a small kitchen feel light and airy. In addition, pendant lights and under-the-counter task lighting increase workspace and create a soothing tone.