Small kitchens benefit from bright or contrasting colors, plenty of lighting and center storage islands. Making a triangle of vital kitchen areas also helps maximize space in a small area.
The use of light and bright colors, light wood and bright metals helps to open up a small kitchen and make it seem larger. Pairing dark trim or cabinetry with light backgrounds creates contrast that also makes space appear bigger. Using these color schemes in conjunction with large windows or warm overhead lighting is another way to open up a small space.
Adding an island to the center of a small kitchen is a good way to create extra countertop space and additional space for cabinets and storage. Some models of islands also double as small bars or dining tables, creating an eat-in kitchen.
The kitchen triangle is a classic design idea that is of great benefit in a small space. The kitchen triangle allows for uninterrupted movement between the important areas of a kitchen, including the sink, stove and refrigerator. For example, the stove and refrigerator might be in-line against one wall, while the sink is part of the center island. This setup makes efficient use of floor space and prevents small areas from appearing cluttered.