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The KBB Ark edit: these small kitchens are big on style (and here's why)

Their dimensions might not be huge but their creativity and ingenuity are...
   Katie Byrne  |  written on: 08-02-2019 17:00pm

1. Perfectly contained
Limited to a corner of this open-plan space, this kitchen cleverly doubles up as a dining area, with the exterior side of the island allowing it to multi-task as a breakfast bar. 

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Inspiration by BERLONI

The coving-style micro-arch neatly splits the cooking area from the dining zone; with subtle built-in lighting discretely illuminating and lifting the whole space.

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2. The U-turn
Despite its daintier dimensions, this kitchen still packs a seriously stylish punch, no?

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Inspiration by Finch London Ltd

White walls provide the perfect backdrop for a punchy tiled splashback, whilst the shelving provides an out-the-way storage solution that helps to max the space.

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3. Island appeal
Granted, this kitchen doesn't exactly match the traditional definition of 'small'. However, if we look at the actual size of the cook-space itself, it's definitely on the more petit side. 

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Inspiration by 20-20 Technologies Ltd.

A smart use of colour and material (for example, the grey marble that leads from the splashback to the island top) helps zone the cooking and dining areas perfectly.

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4. Everything in its place
U-shaped cabinetry and a multitude of natural light sources keep this smaller kitchen looking fresh, with window-framing shelving helping to max the space available.

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Inspiration by Homestyle

5. Mirror image
A reflective splashback at the end of this kitchen helps to create the illusion of more room. 

A mix of heights (for example, the shelving and that elevated clock) creates the illusion of a higher ceiling, once more helping to max the appearance of space.

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6. Open-plan appeal
A relaxed colour palette of white, warm wood and sky blue combine to keep this smaller kitchen looking on-point. 

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Inspiration by Homestyle

Bright artwork and a patterned tile splashback combine to add a significant pops of style.

NEXT! Want some colour inspiration for your kitchen? Get inspired with our edit of painted cook-space furniture - click any image below to begin exploring our moodboard.

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