Small Kitchen Trends: Beauty & Function

Kitchen-Dining Room Combination by Larry Laslo
Kitchen-Dining Room Combination by Larry Laslo

The square footage devoted to residential kitchens can be compared to prime real estate in the marketplace; location, location, location! Small kitchen trends refuse to take a back seat in combining beauty and function. With thoughtful planning you can have all the bells and whistles that a large kitchen enjoys in half the space.

Transitional Styled Kitchen with White Molding, Black Granite and Checkerboard Flooring by Megan Perry Yorgancioglu
Transitional Styled Kitchen with White Molding, Black Granite and Checkerboard Flooring by Megan Perry Yorgancioglu

Small kitchens are not only a reflection of its owners personal style and season of life, but expect to see more stainless steel and granite/stone composite sinks with pull-out, single handle faucets. According to NKBA style spotter Lisa M. Smith (The Decor Girl), back splash design elements will consist more of tile, glass, stone, porcelain or ceramics.

Urban Kitchen with Tall Windows, Sweeping Views with Modern Features by Mick De Giulio
Urban Kitchen with Tall Windows, Sweeping Views with Modern Features by Mick De Giulio

Transitional kitchens are becoming popular due to the ease of blending cleaner lines and cabinetry with modern appliances.

What makes a small kitchen great? When natural sweeping light is incorporated with tall windows.

Open Kitchen Island Proves Multi-functional by Joseph Minton
Open Kitchen Island Proves Multi-functional by Joseph Minton

When a small kitchen is open to adjoining rooms or incorporates a spacious center island with seating.

Small Elegant Kitchen with Silvery Blue Wallpaper by Sheila Bridges
Small Elegant Kitchen with Silvery Blue Wallpaper by Sheila Bridges

When it incorporates modern features, such as lighting fixtures, cabinets to ceiling for maximum storage or smaller appliances more appropriate for downsizing. For instance, dish drawers may be more appropriate than one full size dishwasher.

White Kitchen w/Marble Countertops, Blue Backsplash by Julie Massucco Kleiner
White Kitchen w/Marble Countertops, Blue Backsplash by Julie Massucco Kleiner

A great small kitchen knows that whites and neutral color palettes makes kitchens appear larger.

Glam Galley Kitchen with Calcutta Marble, Neutral Finishes by Gerald Pomeroy
Glam Galley Kitchen with Calcutta Marble, Neutral Finishes by Gerald Pomeroy

Great cabinetry and simple molding keeps a small kitchen looking fresh and inviting.

In the end, a great small kitchen makes eating a meal enjoyable by creating an environment for pleasant living with family and friends!

To view a gallery of small kitchens please visit Traditional Home.

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