• Meghan Turner-Patel

8 Small Kitchen Ideas To Make the Most of Your Space

Here our home remodeling professionals share the top small kitchen remodel ideas for 2021.


a white galley kitchen with stainless steel appliances
A Galley Kitchen Remodel by South Land Remodeling

Unfortunately, not every home has a large kitchen with enough space for luxe features like a double oven and a massive kitchen island. However, a smaller kitchen (i.e. 70 square feet) can project the same style and efficiency as a larger kitchen, all while offering enough real estate to maximize storage space and take advantage of the top small kitchen remodel ideas. Whether you’re renovating or building your kitchen from scratch, check out the following eight small kitchen ideas for 2021.


Appliance-Based Small Kitchen Design Ideas


1. Choose Small Appliances

Small doesn’t mean low-quality. One of the best small kitchen design ideas our professionals have is to select one or several high-end combination appliances that perform multiple functions. For instance, you can purchase an all-in-one microwave, convection and toaster to save counter space!


2. Move the Freezer out of the Kitchen

Sometimes there just isn’t enough room for everything. One appliance that can be moved is the freezer. Between the refrigerator and the freezer, you’re less likely to constantly be opening and closing the freezer. Typically, when clients opt to move the freezer out of the kitchen, they stack it next to a washer/dryer or install it in the garage or basement.


How Color & Light Can Transform Small Kitchen Design


3. Use Light Colors

Because lighter colors tend to make a room appear larger, use beiges, light grays or whites to make your kitchen feel bigger and brighter. White paint, specifically, can reflect light, ensuring your small kitchen design has a larger feel. And, don’t just change your wall colors. Invest in lighter backsplashes, countertops, kitchen equipment (including pots and pans) and stainless steel appliances.


4. Strategically Add Mirrors & Statement Light Fixtures

Mirrored finishes such as backsplashes or cabinet hardware can open up the space, enabling light to bounce around the room. To further brighten up the space, install statement light fixtures, such as pendant lights over the island or prep station.


Modern Small Kitchen Ideas for Drawers & Cabinets


5. Insert Drawers Inside Cabinets

One of the top modern small kitchen ideas is the addition of drawers inside of your cabinets. This can dramatically increase your organization and provide easy access to typically-cluttered items like lids, pans and Tupperware. Plus, it’s more cost-effective than custom cabinetry.


6. Remove Upper Cabinets

Upper cabinets take up a ton of space, and can make the space feel closed off and crowded. Simply remove the cabinets and create open shelves, showcasing your dishes and glassware.


The Best Small Kitchen Layouts


7. Galley

One of the most popular small kitchen layouts is the galley kitchen, also known as a walk-through kitchen. This format is characterized by two parallel walls and countertops with a walkway in the center, making use of every inch of space.


8. L-Shaped

Another great design for small kitchen layouts is the L-shaped kitchen. This format works with a corner of the room, creating countertops and cabinetry across two adjoining perpendicular walls, eliminating potential kitchen traffic.



Looking to do a kitchen remodel in the Los Angeles or San Fernando Valley area? South Land Remodeling can design and build it for you. Contact us today for a free quote!


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