10 ways to make a tiny kitchen look stylish

From clever colour schemes to space-saving storage solutions, follow our tips for making your tiny kitchen trendy…

Small Kitchen

1. Paint it white

It sounds simple but colour is a great way of giving your kitchen appeal – however big or small it is. Award-winning artisan bear-maker Jasmine Gladstone says: ‘Use white to make the space feel cleaner and larger.’

Paint it white to:

  • reflect light for a more spacious feel
  • banish borders between walls and ceilings that can create a more enclosed feeling


2. Add splashes of colour

You can offset your white walls by choosing colourful appliances, crockery, cookware and other accessories.

Etsy toymaker Gillian Mahler of Sootie Limetree says: ‘You can also add pops of colour in unexpected places, like painting the inside of your cupboards.

Mid-century modern shades (think a little bit Mad Men) with brass accents are extremely popular right now, and never really go out of style.’


3. Coordinate with cool kettles and toasters

Once you have your colour scheme sorted, find kettles and toasters to match. We love this retro-vintage toaster and jug kettle from Russell Hobbs. 

Russel Hobbs retro kettle

Give your kitchen some vintage chic with their iconic shapes and classic colour scheme. Plus, the kettle can boil a cup of water in just 45 seconds and the toaster has independent controls for each slice.

Ready to go retro? Get the kettle and then get the toaster

4. Stay organised with old-school chalk

Wish list-making was a breeze? And tired of never being able to find a pen?

Paint the inside of a cupboard door with chalk paint and you’ve got an amazing noticeboard that takes up zero wall space.

Gillian at Sootie Limetree says: ‘Alternatively, you could paint on the cupboards themselves, but you might find you spend more time doodling on them than actually doing any cooking.’  


5. Make a statement with a retro fridge

The fridge is the biggest appliance in your home – so the smaller your kitchen is, the more it’s going to stand out. Go for a stylish fridge to make a statement in a tiny kitchen.

About as iconic as fridges get, you can give your kitchen an instant hint of retro with this colourful Smeg fridge


6. Add a stylish coffee machine

While you may not have room for loads of gadgets, a compact coffee machine will give your kitchen a luxurious feel – without taking up valuable counter space.

Currys Nespresso Inissia

For barista-style coffee, the Nespresso Inissia will look chic on your sideboard in a soft cream finish.


7. Hang your pots and pans

Stuck with limited cupboard space? Hang pots and pans from your wall for a shabby chic country kitchen look.  You can buy rails to mount on your wall and s-shaped hooks to hang your pans from Ikea, for example.Bosch

Gillian at Sootie Limetree says: ‘Make it a feature by painting the wall in a bright colour (but use a gloss or semi-gloss paint, as it'll be easier to clean).’


8. Get a clever folding table

Small kitchens and dining tables generally don’t mix. But having a tiny kitchen shouldn’t stop you from being able to sit down to a meal, right?

And now you can thanks to this clever fold-down table from Ikea.

The table attaches to your wall, and when not in use it folds down flush against the wall.

Bear-maker Jasmine says: ‘This table is great for maximising your kitchen space – whether an impromptu breakfast or sorting the bills.’


9. Upcycle a kitchen cart

Kitchen carts are all the rage among interior blogger types – and for good reason, as they’re a great space-saver. These little trollies on wheels can be loaded with your bits and bobs and tucked in a corner.

Gillian at Sootie Limetree says: ‘You can find unused and vintage carts online. Sand it down, treat it to a couple of coats of spray paint (again, a bright and retro colour like teal, tangerine or olive green) and it’s perfect for a tiny space.’


10. Liberate your worktops of clutter

Kitchen worktops are known for accumulating clutter – spice racks, oils and vinegars, crockery that won’t fit in your cupboards. Reclaim your worktops with:

  • easy-to fit shelving mounted on your walls, like the stainless steel Grundtal from Ikea – position several together on a single blank wall for an arty look
  • magnetic spice jars to stick on your fridge – chuck out the spice rack and make your fridge earn its keep 

Feeling Inspired? Find stylish kettles and toasters for your kitchen.