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Small Kitchen Design Ideas

Your kitchen doesn't have to be the largest room in your house to look great and function the way you need it to. When designed carefully, small kitchens can pack a big punch. Take a look at these five small kitchen design ideas to get inspiration for your next kitchen makeover.

1. Use all white to make your space look brighter. 

Small white kitchen
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When you want to make a tiny kitchen appear larger, going all white is the way to go. White captures light, looks clean, and makes even the smallest spaces appear more open. And the all white decor allows you to go darker with your floor tiles without overpowering the space. 

2. Use contrast to make your kitchen cabinets stand out.
Small kitchen apartment

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Contrast is a great way to draw attention to the parts of your kitchen you love. The white cabinets contrasted with a black accent wall (pictured above) stand out in the best way. And the white wall opposite of the cabinets draws in light and keeps the black accent wall from overpowering the space.  

3. Try open shelving for an eclectic, yet organized look.

Bassett Furniture Palisades Etagere open shelving
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Just because your kitchen is small doesn't mean you can't enjoy the open shelving trend. The key to enjoying open shelving in a small kitchen is to keep the shelves organized and not cluttered. It also helps to place similar items on the shelves so it looks curated and not random. 

4. Use accent colors sparingly. 

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If you're not a fan of all white, you can still keep your small kitchen feeling bright and open by maintaining a light color scheme and adding in pops of your favorite bright hues. The gray tiles in the kitchen above look beautiful across from the robin's egg blue refrigerator. 

5. Go crazy!

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You don't always have to stick to white color schemes and plain floor tiles when designing your small kitchen. Colorful tiles, mismatched furniture, and an array of collectibles make the kitchen pictured above look inviting and cozy. Maybe consider a unique pendant over the sink, or some calming wall decor art to contrast the patterns.

For more home design ideas, check out the HGTV Home Design Studio by Bassett Furniture

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