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Small Kitchen Design Ideas

Lyneham House
Lyneham House
Light House Architecture & Science
Ben Wrigley
Small contemporary galley eat-in kitchen in Canberra - Queanbeyan with a drop-in sink, raised-panel cabinets, black cabinets, quartz benchtops, window splashback, stainless steel appliances, concrete floors, with island, grey floor and black benchtop.
East Malvern Apartment
East Malvern Apartment
Peter Schaad Design Studio
Inspiration for a small contemporary l-shaped eat-in kitchen in Melbourne with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, white splashback, black appliances, no island, grey floor and white benchtop.
Moorooka Renovation
Moorooka Renovation
Moffat Design
B&M Photography
Inspiration for a small transitional l-shaped eat-in kitchen in Brisbane with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, blue cabinets, quartz benchtops, white splashback, subway tile splashback, black appliances, medium hardwood floors, with island, brown floor and white benchtop.
Mooloolaba Beach Retreat
Mooloolaba Beach Retreat
Higginbotham Studio
Photography by Christopher Frederick Jones.
This is an example of a small beach style kitchen in Sunshine Coast.
Reed St
Reed St
Dimpat
Jack Lovel
Inspiration for a small modern galley kitchen in Melbourne with a double-bowl sink, flat-panel cabinets, blue cabinets, white splashback, light hardwood floors, with island, white benchtop, panelled appliances and beige floor.
Woolahara Terrace Transformation
Woolahara Terrace Transformation
Minosa | Design Life Better
The hidden kitchen, patio connected deck. Herringbone flooring white on white
Inspiration for a small transitional galley separate kitchen in Sydney with an undermount sink, raised-panel cabinets, white cabinets, marble benchtops, dark hardwood floors, with island and white benchtop.
PADDINGTON Apartment
PADDINGTON Apartment
STUDIO OSCAR LEA.
Inspiration for a small contemporary u-shaped separate kitchen in Sydney with a drop-in sink, light wood cabinets, white splashback, mosaic tile splashback, black appliances, cement tiles, no island, grey floor, white benchtop and flat-panel cabinets.
Home Sweet Home - Seven Hills Project
Home Sweet Home - Seven Hills Project
Rylo Co
The downstairs of this home has a fully self contained studio apartment. To avoid the space being boring we opted for a subtle mineral coloured cabinetry to tie in the colour of the main part of the house. We needed to be able to create the Kitchenette, Tv cabinet and Laundry space all on one wall.
Pattern Cottage
Pattern Cottage
Kitty Lee Architecture
Photo of a small scandinavian galley open plan kitchen in Sydney with an undermount sink, white cabinets, wood benchtops, pink splashback, ceramic splashback, stainless steel appliances, terrazzo floors, with island, grey floor and brown benchtop.
Darling Point - Renovation
Darling Point - Renovation
Aranac (Contracting) Pty Ltd
Guthrie Project
Photo of a small contemporary galley kitchen in Sydney with marble benchtops, green splashback, ceramic splashback, stainless steel appliances, concrete floors, with island, grey floor, white benchtop, flat-panel cabinets and medium wood cabinets.
Harbourside Chic
Harbourside Chic
Xclusiv Built Projects
kitchen dreams, bronze mirror cupboards to reflect views of the of the water front. Marble dining table and splash-back, Corian to whole island and benchtop. Natural timber veneer to kitchen drawers and doors.
Perfect Storm
Perfect Storm
Matt Woods Design
Loft Apartment
Small modern kitchen in Sydney with concrete floors and grey floor.
Old Be-al
Old Be-al
FMD Architects
Underpinning our design notions and considerations for this home were two instinctual ideas: that of our client’s fondness for ‘Old Be-al’ and associated desire for an enhanced connection between the house and the old-growth eucalypt landscape; and our own determined appreciation for the house’s original brickwork, something we hoped to celebrate and re-cast within the existing dwelling. While considering the client’s brief of a two-bedroom, two-bathroom house, our design managed to reduce the overall footprint of the house and provide generous flowing living spaces with deep connection to the natural suburban landscape and the heritage of the existing house. The reference to Old Be-al is constantly reinforced within the detailed design. The custom-made entry light mimics its branches, as does the pulls on the joinery and even the custom towel rails in the bathroom. The dynamically angled ceiling of rhythmically spaced timber cross-beams that extend out to an expansive timber decking are in dialogue with the upper canopy of the surrounding trees. The rhythm of the bushland also finds expression in vertical mullions and horizontal bracing beams, reminiscent of both the trunks and the canopies of the adjacent trees.
Aesthetic Annerley
Aesthetic Annerley
KITCHEN GALLERY
Inspiration for a small contemporary l-shaped eat-in kitchen in Brisbane with an undermount sink, grey cabinets, quartz benchtops, grey splashback, window splashback, black appliances, with island, white benchtop, flat-panel cabinets, medium hardwood floors, brown floor and exposed beam.
Bondi Project
Bondi Project
Blue Tea Kitchens and Bathrooms
Putting cabinetry along the back wall of our Condo project would have looked clumsy butted up against the window. Instead we made this otherwise awkward corner shine with a striking marble splash back to the ceiling. Keeping the upper cabinets white (which keeps the space open and spacious) adding a splash of colour below and hint of timber and brass means that this small kitchen is not small on style.
Ashlar Surry Hills Apartment
Ashlar Surry Hills Apartment
3 Marks of Existence
N/A
Inspiration for a small contemporary galley open plan kitchen in Sydney with an undermount sink, light wood cabinets, marble benchtops, multi-coloured splashback, marble splashback, black appliances, light hardwood floors, with island, beige floor, flat-panel cabinets and multi-coloured benchtop.
Allan House
Allan House
AD DESIGN DEVELOP
Small scandinavian l-shaped eat-in kitchen in Melbourne with a double-bowl sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, wood benchtops, white splashback, metal splashback, black appliances, medium hardwood floors, no island, brown floor, brown benchtop and vaulted.
Gypsy Kitchen
Gypsy Kitchen
Renovation Angel Interior Design Noosa

Photo of a small contemporary single-wall open plan kitchen in Sunshine Coast with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, grey cabinets, ceramic splashback, ceramic floors, with island, grey floor, brown benchtop, wood benchtops, grey splashback and panelled appliances.
Riverfront Escape
Riverfront Escape
David McGowan Photography
Inspiration for a small tropical u-shaped kitchen in Sydney with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, a peninsula, grey floor and grey benchtop.
Elsternwick Apartment
Elsternwick Apartment
Jasmine McClelland Design
Inspiration for a small contemporary u-shaped eat-in kitchen in Melbourne with a double-bowl sink, white cabinets, quartz benchtops, beige splashback, ceramic splashback, stainless steel appliances, brown floor, white benchtop, flat-panel cabinets, medium hardwood floors and a peninsula.

Looking for inspiration for your kitchen renovation, but your space is on the small side? Don’t let a tiny space discourage you from finding design excellence. You’ll find all the inspiration you need to make your project a success here in the Houzz image gallery!

Making a small kitchen work hard

From layout to appliances, when everything needs to fit into a tight space, you want your kitchen to work extra hard while looking fabulous at the same time. When it’s all about maximising the little space you have there’ll invariably be a lot of questions. How are you going to store and organise all your stuff? Are open shelves better than cabinets? Which tiles and colours will help make the space look bigger? Can you fit in an island? And where the hell are you supposed to put your bin? You may even want the room to have a double-purpose, like fit in a dining area, laundry or other appliances. It can be overwhelming, but here’s how to get started:

Know what you want and need

Before looking at images, you need to know your space and what is realistically achievable. Looking at spaces you won’t be able to afford, or appliances that won’t fit into your space will only leave you frustrated. So be clear on that and use the filters above to refine your selection. You’re already looking at small kitchen designs, but you can refine further and set the right filters for you. You can look at small kitchens on a budget or modern small kitchens, and eventually you can even drill down look at designs in your specific area, like Melbourne, to see work from professionals near you - and hire them for your project.

Browse the gallery to get inspired

Once you’ve set your filters, browse the photos and collect your favourites in an ideabook. You can share your collection with your architect or interior designer later and give them a visual brief of what you want - you’ll see that showing pictures is so much easier than trying to explain in words! You and your designer will also be able to collaborate and leave comments, so ideabooks can be a great tool in bringing your dreams to life.

Your professional will also be able to answer all your pressing questions and provide valuable guidance. The right colour scheme, a statement splashback or an eye-catching floor tile can absolutely make or break your design.

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Whether you want inspiration for planning a small kitchen renovation or are building a designer kitchen from scratch, Houzz has 88,256 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Peter Schaad Design Studio and Higginbotham Studio. Look through kitchen photos in different colours and styles and when you find a small kitchen design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful small kitchen ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.