Some great ideas for remodeling a small kitchen are mixing different shades, creating dramatic contrast with light and dark, building English sycamore cabinets, adding glass countertops with a glass dinette set, tiling a mosaic backsplash in neutral colors, accenting with pendant lighting, illuminating with track lighting and updating wall colors for change.
Create an exotic kitchen by choosing dark wood cabinets using one shade or a two-shade stripe pattern. Replace standard countertop material around the sink with dark wood butcher block, which opens up more space for food preparation. Add earthiness with a butcher block dining table. Dark wood is also used to great effect when contrasted with a brilliant backsplash. A great example is dark cherry wood cabinets set against brushed stainless steel square tiles that reflect light. Consider using black marble countertops.
Increase the storage capacity of smaller kitchens by installing cabinets with multiple drawers and storage compartments. Small cabinets make good use of unused wall space. Add storage space with a kitchen island. Choose cabinets with two or three compartments. Drawers can be substituted for one larger cabinet. Another space saving idea is to use a kitchen island as a table setting for two, displaying the dinette set.