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12 small but perfectly formed kitchens

Small kitchens don’t have to be awkward, stressful to use spaces. With the right planning it’s perfectly easy to turn even the smallest of galley kitchens into a beautiful, functional space that you may even be able to entertain in. Don’t believe us? Check out this gallery of 12 small kitchens that have utilised all of the space they have.

This minute open plan kitchen/dining area has been brilliantly compartmentalised by using separate flooring, to create separate zones all within the same room. The room is framed by that marvellous, huge window.

The one trick to getting the most from a small kitchen is keeping storage and appliances off of the counter tops to free up space. This fitted microwave floating above the oven tied with all of that storage area means that the owner will never need to worry about finding a free worktop to put down a hot pan or to plate up lunch.

Good ventilation is a must for any kitchen, but it’s vital in particular for small ones. The large extractor featured here will combat all of the smoke and steam which could otherwise flood the room, when using that beautiful island-fitted range!

This super high-end galley kitchen may look huge, but on closer inspection you’ll realise it’s much smaller than it lets on, this is partly to thanks to work of using glossy black cabinets, whose reflective affects enlarges how big the room looks.

Glass cabinets work brilliantly in small kitchens because their transparent nature makes them less visually intrusive making the space feel less claustrophobic. White and light exposed wood is a perennial favourite for the kitchen, and is a fabulous choice for bijou kitchens as it produces that light airy atmosphere you need.

This tiny galley, with it’s diagonal wall and awkwardly positioned window could have become a nightmare space. However, here the designer has cleverly used the most of that wall by using a shelf to create an extra bit of workspace that doubles up as a table with its tuck away stool. The wonderful thing about induction hobs, is that they can double up as additional counter space when needed. Just make sure they’re not hot first!

This custom fitted kitchen makes use of absolutely every bit of available space. Check out those cleverly placed set of drawers-cum-wine rack, in an area which would otherwise probably be wasted.

Rather than try to clumsily pack in a small island this kitchen hosts a simple table and chairs. The eagle-eyed of you will have noticed the discreet stool tucked beneath, allowing for the table to be pulled out to accommodate an extra person, or for the table to be pushed up against the wall to free up floor space.

Straight, clean lines work brilliantly in small spaces. In those cramped areas which can feel pokey and chaotic they provide a sense of order. While the eclectic mixture of cabinet door styles throws some modernist charm into the mix.

Small footprint hobs are a good choice for small kitchens to free up space. However, if you’re a budding chef you will probably want to opt for a cooker with a bit more hob and oven space. Extendable tables like the one featured here, are seeing a resurgence in popularity, allowing you to tailor their size for occasions.

This gorgeous kitchen, celebrates that natural vaulted ceiling of this converted Dartmoor hut. This ‘French country’ style is a constant favourite among interior designers and homeowners alike, and works well in both kitchens large and small.

A white and glossy black palette can make a room in home from any period look chic and modern. This style is a great choice for smaller kitchens, we particularly like the incorporation of the original beam into this.

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