Top 15 interior decor ideas for small kitchens

Try Open Shelving

This narrow kitchen is laid out like so many rental apartment kitchens we’ve seen before. Nixing closed cabinetry in favor of shelving opens the space up dramatically, while the wall art adds a punchy bit of personality.

Go Minimalist

In this bright white modern kitchen, the designer used clean lines, a light palette, and simple, minimalist styling to create an airy, spacious feeling—despite the room’s small square footage. Since there’s not much countertop to speak of, the designer brought in a kitchen table, which can also be used for prep work.

Use Modern Cabinetry

There’s barely enough room to turn around in this tiny kitchen, but its designer did a wonderful job of preventing a claustrophobic feeling by using modern, clean cabinets. A white color palette also helps open up the space.

Incorporate Luxe Materials

This kitchen may be petite, but luxe materials like black marble countertops and a high-end oven/stove, give it a fine jewelry effect. In narrow spaces like this, too much pattern or color can be overwhelming, so the designer opted for cream cabinetry and just a touch of pattern in a herringbone mat.

Decorate Thoughtfully

This beautiful small kitchen has so many things to love: simple open shelves, a fuss-free hood, rustic wooden countertops, beautiful seafoam green cabinetry, and classic black-and-white tiled flooring. It’s a perfect example of how dreamy a small space can become with thoughtful consideration of details.

Go White

Sensing a theme here? Clean white walls and cabinets are almost always a foolproof choice for small kitchens. A beautiful collection of cutting boards in this kitchen and freshly picked blooms add a little personal style to the simple look.

Play with Color

White is failsafe, but if you love color, don’t shy away from it. Design firm Dzek Dzek Dzek made a one-of-a-kind choice with these floating shelves, deep forest green cabinets, and speckled countertops.

Add in Pastels

Layers upon layers of pastel colors, sleek hardware, white marble counters, a well-loved area rug, and indoor plants make this bright kitchen remarkably unique and cheerful. Despite its awkward shape, it’s still a space we’d love to cook in.

Fake It 'Til You Make It

Live in an apartment with laminate counters and dated appliances? As this beauty proves, there’s hope yet. The trick here is to remove your cabinet doors to create a feeling of openness (and effectively fake open shelving), then use pretty dishware and serving pieces to function as décor.

Let Architectural Details Shine

Sleek cabinetry and a monochrome palette give this European kitchen simple beauty. The graphic, architectural details—like the accordion sconce and the paned window—take it to the next level.

Add Fun Accessories

Even the most basic space can feel full of personality with the addition of a few unique accessories. We love the futuristic chrome pendant, folk candelabra, and figurative linocut in this Scandinavian kitchen.

Head to IKEA

A cramped kitchen can be transformed without having to break the bank. Call on affordable brands like IKEA and shop for supplies at Home Depot to update your cabinets, shelves, and lighting. Then give everything a fresh coat of paint. Despite all of this kitchen's low-budget elements, the geometric runner gives it a designer finish.

Get Statement Lighting

This New York City kitchen, decorated by BHDM Design, is a little oasis. A bit of gray paint, a stylish ceiling fixture in the breakfast nook, and a smart vertical storage space gave this small galley kitchen a sophisticated update.

Add Personality

This small kitchen has style in spades. The bright white cabinets and asymmetrical pendant lights had us at hello, but the interesting mix of a colorful striped runner, retro country-style furniture, and lived-in linen curtains pack in the personality.

Ditch the Hardware

Designed by French architecture firm A +B Kasha, this small and oddly shaped kitchen in an old Parisian building looks like it was originally a closet, but its designers installed sleek handle-less wooden cupboards and a classic hood to take it into the 21st century.