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Kitchen Decor Ideas for Limited Spaces

The best small kitchen decor ideas incorporate clever design tricks that will make the most of the room you have available.

Aside from reserving areas for essential kitchen appliances; kitchen storage, colour palettes and display tricks are all key when decorating limited spaces. And if you have an open kitchen diner then your decor ideas need to be even more clever to ensure it doesn't feel crowded or cluttered.

We've broken this down into 5 easy-follow-tips that will help guide you on your own small kitchen decor journey. So, let's get going...

small kitchen decor ideas

Image Credit: The home of Helene Morriss as featured in Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George. Publishers: Ryland Peters & Small. Photographer: Debbie Treloar.

Blend with Clever Colours.

Match your wall colour to your cupboards and watch those edges blend away! Whether you go for a light and bright colour palette or want to embrace your dark side, using blended colours and tones will make the edges of the room totally disappear. Check out our Kitchens board on Pinterest for lots of colour ideas.

Maximise Your Storage.

Use containers and do away with bulky packaging. If you want open shelving in your kitchen this will look much more streamlined and jars can be stacked up. If an option for you, then floor to ceiling cabinets can look super sleek and will hide everything away that you don't want on show. Buy kitchen accessories that work together and add a little charm to your kitchen display.

Spick & Span.

Good for the soul, a good spring clean can work wonders for the mind. Keep your work surfaces clear and clutter-free for a more spacious feeling kitchen. Only display the quirky or cool kitchenware that you own, especially if you have opted for open shelving. Make a feature out of your breadboards by stacking them by your cooker, or hanging your pots and pans on a rail.

Moveable Furniture.

Why not turn your need for a flexible space into a feature? A Drinks Trolley or open display cabinets can look great instead of a row of cabinets and offers you the flexibility to change up your space when you need to. You can even fake a mini breakfast nook with some clever shelving. Check out this mini breakfast bar area in the kitchen-diner of Laura Montgomery-Coleman on Instagram. Laura shows exactly how being creative and clever with smaller spaces can create magic and make your kitchen just as showstopping as the next.

Smoke and Mirrors.

Our secret display tricks - tried and tested in our own homes! If you have a small kitchen then mirrors are your new best friend. Not only do they bounce the light around the room, but they also add a lovely glow to the room. If you're lacking natural light and windows, use a mock-window style, like the Crittall-Style Window Mirror or Antique Gold Arched Window-Style Mirror. Team this with great lighting and your kitchen will immediately give the illusion of more space.

kitchen decor ideas for limited spaces

Image Credit: The home of Helene Morriss as featured in Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George. Publishers: Ryland Peters & Small. Photographer: Debbie Treloar.

Alternatively, of course, you could just break all of the rules...! If you're a maximalist at heart then you naturally won't want to pair-back your kitchen decor - regardless of what size it is. Bold patterns can be used on the walls and the floor to disguise the size of a room, creating an illusion of its own.

If you're in need of some more of our best decorating advice, then pick up a copy of our Interior Book; Extraordinary Interiors.

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