10 Tips on How To Style A Small Kitchen

10 Tips on How To Style A Small Kitchen

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Small kitchens have become a bit of a style trend in recent years with the rise in popularity of tiny homes and shipping container houses. Small kitchens are cute, and quirky, and can be both minimalist and rustic. Naturally, a smaller kitchen comes with some caveats; notably, reduced room for important appliances. This often means that those with small kitchens need to prioritize the essentials and look for space-saving opportunities wherever they may appear. 

Designing for a small space doesn't need to be overwhelming! When it comes to your kitchen, you want to be able to get the best out of your space while keeping it enjoyable for you. There are plenty of design ideas that you can implement into your kitchen that might even make it feel bigger than before.

Rustic Kitchen and Bath has items for you that will fit into the size kitchen and give you some creative freedom in the process. With that being said, let's dive into designs to transform your home.

1. Sloped Ceilings? Use It To Your Advantage!

Using the angles of your sloped ceiling to your advantage is an easy trick when making the most out of the space you have in your kitchen. If you have a ladder, there is nothing wrong with climbing up and adding some design pieces to the top of your cabinets. This will allow you to use more space while adding some decor to style your kitchen.



2. Use an Open Wall For a Gallery Wall

Adding an end wall into something that will transform the design of your kitchen while adding practicality, then a gallery wall is for you. Some ideas for this wall can include hanging your favorite coffee mugs, china plates, and even kitchen utensils. The ease of this wall will allow you to move around your kitchen while creating more space for other things.


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3. Move Your Cooktop or Range

Traditionally, the oven and stove are underneath the longest length of kitchen cabinets but if you are short for space change it up! You can transform your space by adding these appliances to a smaller area so it is contained within the space and allows you to use the other space for meal prep and other cooking needs. If you are wanting to add a range hood, your options open up. The smaller space allows you to use the space above only taking up a small portion of your wall space.

ZLINE Kitchen Range

4. Use One Wall for Your Whole Kitchen

A long wall can be a perfect home for your kitchen. If you are cramped for space this can be a great alternative. You can use open shelving and add some of your basic kitchen accessories to double as decor. Stacking your cutting boards or using a magnetic knife block is a perfect addition to this wall kitchen. Although you might not have much room for appliances, ZLINE cooktops and ZLINE microwave drawers can fit perfectly in small spaces.

Wall kitchen

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5. Make Your Floor POP

filling your floor with a fun, lively design can make a big difference. Fun designs can make your kitchen feel more alive and open. With the small space, you don't have to worry about it being too busy. Plus, since you have a smaller space you will not have to pay as much for the floor saving your money, and will end up looking great!

Kitchen Tile

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6. Open Shelves Are the Way to Go

You can optimize your space by switching your crammed cupboards for beautiful open shelving. Corner cabinets are also a great start to transform. Removing corner cabinets and adding in corner shelves will allow you to use your space more efficiently while it is aesthetically appealing. This gives you the opportunity to show off your favorite kitchen items.


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7. Bright Open Colors

Just the colors of your walls and cabinets can change your entire kitchen. Adding in light and airy colors will open up the space and add more natural light. When you use dark colors you can close your space up fast. If you do want to use darker colors, look at painting an accent wall. Using balanced colors will make you feel better and more excited to be in the kitchen.

Blue Kitchen

Photo:James Nathan Schroder

8. Island Makeover

If your space is a little bigger and you have some room to play, a creative island is a great add-on. A kitchen cart or even a narrow bookshelf can make a great kitchen island. Plus, kitchen islands don’t need to match your cabinets to look great. The openness will add more storage without too much work.

Kitchen Island

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9. Backsplashes Can Change the Game

Adding a tile backsplash can add some dimension and character to your small kitchen. By choosing tiles that have different color values and varying patterns, you can spice up your space and make it more appealing to the eye. Who wouldn't want their kitchen the highlight of their home?

Kitchen Backsplash

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10. Make It Yours

With the rise of social media and visuals constantly out there it can feel overwhelming to design the 'perfect' kitchen. But remember, it is your kitchen. Put the things that work best for your home and your lifestyle and add the colors and accents you want. When you make your home to fit your needs and likes you will have an overwhelming positive energy every time you walk in the door.

Best ZLINE Appliances for a small kitchen

ZLINE Kitchen and Bath is an industry leader in kitchen appliances with a wide range of products for any type of kitchen. With a focus on attainable luxury, ZLINE builds quality appliances with plenty of styles and size options to choose from. Luckily for those of us with small kitchens, ZLINE offers compact appliances perfect for small kitchens where space is at a premium. In this blog, we’re listing the best ZLINE appliances for a small kitchen and sharing our tips for styling a small kitchen.

Best ZLINE Range for a small kitchen.

ZLINE 24 in. Professional Dual Fuel Range in a small kitchen space

ZLINE 24 in. Professional Dual Fuel Range in Black Stainless Steel (RAB-24)

Experience Attainable Luxury with the ZLINE 24 in. Dual Fuel Professional Range. Combining both professional aesthetics and functionality, this range provides the ultimate luxury experience for a fraction of the size and cost. Ultra-deep oven capacity and three-layered insulated glass mean that every dish comes out evenly and efficiently. With premium features such as SmoothGlide ball-bearing oven racks, dual lighting, and adjustable legs, this small range will make a big difference in the kitchen.

Shop RAB-24

Best ZLINE Dishwasher for a small kitchen.

ZLINe 18 in. Dishwasher Loaded with dishes

ZLINE 18 in. Compact Top Control Dishwasher with Stainless Steel Tub and Modern Style Handle, 52 dBa (DW-304-18)

At just 18 inches wide, ZLINE’s compact dishwasher fits all the features you expect into a small, stylish package. The built-in European-style design and top-control functionality make this dishwasher a great choice if you’re looking for a low-profile dishwasher option that most people won’t even know is there. Plus, with 6 different wash cycles to choose from you’ll be able to wash everything from wine glasses to cookware.

Shop DW-18

Best ZLINE Refrigerator for a small kitchen.

ZLINE 30 in. Built-in refrigerator

ZLINE 30 in. 16.1 cu. ft. Built-In 2-Door Bottom Freezer Refrigerator with Internal Water and Ice Dispenser in Stainless Steel (RBIV-304-30)

Finding a suitable refrigerator for a small kitchen that offers enough space for more than a day’s worth of food can be a challenge. ZLINE’s 30 in. Built-in Refrigerator offers over 16 cubic feet of storage capacity without sacrificing the internal water and ice dispenser. Adjustable shelving helps make the most of available vertical space within the refrigerator, which allows you to customize the interior to fit your needs from day to day. The bottom freezer configuration helps save additional space compared to side-by-side models, and with a built-in design, this refrigerator can blend seamlessly into your cabinetry.

Shop RBIV-304-30

Best ZLINE Cooktop for a small kitchen.

Small ZLINE Induction cooktop on marble kitchen island

ZLINE 24 in. Induction Cooktop with 4 burners (RCIND-24)

Opting for a cooktop instead of a freestanding range allows for more cabinet space or the installation of another kitchen appliance below the cooktop. ZLINE’s RCIND Induction Cooktop Series blends consistent precision and speed with its innovative technology and sleek, SCHOTT CERAN® glass surface imported from Germany. Achieve incredibly fast heat and a quick boil with induction technology that heats 50% faster than comparable cooktops. The LED-lit touch display and glossy, glass surface both come together to create an effortless clean while maintaining a contemporary, high-end aesthetic.

Shop RCIND-24

Best ZLINE Range Hood for a small kitchen.

24 Inch ZLINE Range Hood

ZLINE Convertible Vent Wall Mount Range Hood in Stainless Steel (KB)

ZLINE’s first kitchen appliance was the range hood, so it’s only natural that they have perfected the range hood for small kitchens. The KB is available in 24 inches and still comes with a high-performance, 400 CFM 4-speed motor that provides all the power you need to quietly and efficiently ventilate your stove while cooking. With its classic 430-grade stainless steel, this range hood contains rust, temperature, and corrosion-resistant properties to ensure a durable vent hood that will last for years to come. Enjoy modern features, including built-in LED lighting for an illuminated culinary experience and dishwasher-safe stainless steel baffle filters for easy clean-up.

Shop KB-24

Best ZLINE Microwave for a small kitchen.

Man opening ZLINE Microwave Oven with coffee

ZLINE 24 in. Built-in Convection Microwave Oven with Color Options and Speed and Sensor Cooking (MWO-24)

Combining multiple appliances into one is the small kitchen chef’s secret recipe to making the most out of their available space. ZLINE’s Built-in Convection Microwave Oven does just that by offering convection oven and microwave settings that can be used individually or simultaneously. The seamless under-counter built-in integration allows this cooking essential to perfectly fit into your kitchen design and maintain a clutter-free countertop and a sleek, modern look.

Shop MWO-24

Rustic Kitchen and Bath wants to be there for every size of kitchen you have. Visit our website to see our entire collection of kitchen appliances ranging from 24" to 60" and in over 7 color options. Want more inspiration? Check out our social media to help design your space.

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