Small Kitchen Design: Maximising Style and Space

They say good things come in small packages, which is certainly true regarding kitchens. Creating your dream kitchen, regardless of your floorplan, is easy when you focus on space optimisation, maximising storage and finding the best layout for your room. Kitchens are at the heart of any home. The fact remains the same whether that be in an apartment, studio, townhouse, or house. Efficient small kitchen design is crucial in contemporary living due to the practical challenges posed by limited space, evolving lifestyles, sustainability considerations, and the importance placed on maximising space without compromising on style. 


Discover our favourite (and highly practical) small kitchen ideas, layouts, and storage solutions for stylish and functional small kitchens. 

Enhancing Functionality: Small Kitchen Layouts 

Establishing the best layout for your kitchen is one of the first things your kitchen designer will discuss with you – and for good reason. The right layout will make the most of every inch of space you have available, which is critical in any kitchen design, especially a smaller-sized kitchen. If space is minimal, a simple galley layout may be best – see if you can include wall-hung kitchen cabinets to maximise storage. 

If space permits however, a U-shaped kitchen is an excellent choice for a small kitchen layout, offering three walls of cabinetry, plenty of bench space, deep corner storage and the potential for a breakfast bench on one end to create a casual dining area for you, your family and guests. 

Multi-Purpose Features: Islands and Benchtops 

While how we use kitchens has evolved over time, there’s no denying that being able to prep, cook and serve food is central to its success. Maximising bench space and even adding a kitchen island bench to your design will allow you to combine dining, prep and storage areas. 

We love kitchen islands or breakfast bars within small modern kitchens, as not only do they add additional storage but also create space for family and guests to sit and gather around in the kitchen. In fact, they can replace formal dining spaces and tables as a more cosy and casual dining zone space – perfect for those who love to entertain!

Designing the Perfect Small Kitchen: Space Optimisation

A successful kitchen design is one that not only looks great but is highly functional too! One element that you want to get right is ensuring that you have enough storage. A tidy and organised kitchen will be a joy to be in every day. Our extensive collection of storage accessories will make organisation a breeze. 

Drawer inserts allow you to keep your cutlery and kitchen utensils tidy and organised, whilst our range of corner carousels allows efficient access to corner cupboards that will result in a U-shaped of L-shaped kitchen. Our wire pull-out pantries are game changers – whether a full-height pantry or smaller units that can be placed next to ovens or dishwashers. No matter your kitchen size, talk to your Freedom Kitchens designer about our storage accessories range ensure every inch of space is used within your room. 

Modernising Small Kitchens: Incorporating Trends

Create the illusion of space and keep your small kitchen light and bright with cabinetry, benchtops, and splashbacks in a neutral colour scheme. 2024 is seeing a focus on kitchen cabinetry colours that lean into natural and organic shades and textures. White joinery remains a classic and popular choice, either as a bright white or a soft warm shade such as our Amaro colourway. Likewise, benchtop and splashback materials celebrate neutral and soft shades – perfect for small kitchens. 

The key to elevating a neutral colour palette in a small kitchen is all in the details. Opt for a door with a Shaker-Style profile and consider sleek handles and a metallic finish, adding a pop of interest. Continue the trend of texture on your kitchen splashback. For example, the humble subway tile is having a moment, but we love to up the impact by choosing a hand-made ceramic design to add to a layered look.

Budget-friendly small kitchen renovations: Meet the Essential Range

Our Essential Range offers quality flat-pack kitchens featuring a curated selection of the season’s most popular styles and colours at an outstanding price. Essential kitchens come ‘ready to assemble’, rather than being assembled in our factory, meaning they are ready to be constructed by your builder or installer. The result is an excellent value kitchen fast, delivered to your door in as little as ten days after final payment! Need help with design? Our in-home design appointment is still part of the service. 

As you can see, a small or compact kitchen doesn’t mean one that lacks storage, functionality, and style when you create your dream kitchen with us! As we always say, ‘planning makes perfect’, and when you work with one of our expert designers you can be assured that you will create a kitchen that blends form with function.

Ready to bring your dream kitchen design to life? Start your Freedom Kitchens journey with us today! Click HERE to book a free design appointment at your home or via video call, or click HERE to download our latest Designer Range catalogue.