14 Small Kitchen Design Ideas For Any Budget

14 Small Kitchen Design Ideas For Any Budget

Whether you have 600 square feet or 60 square feet available for your kitchen space, there are some ways to maximize your space and make the most of your small kitchen design ideas. In this article, we’ll explore 14 different small kitchen design ideas on a budget to help you get the most out of your small kitchen space. These are all helpful tips to guide you in the right direction, no matter your budget!

1) Choose a Monochromatic Color Scheme

L shape kitchen with White Shaker Elite Cabinet and stainless steel appliances

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Monochromatic, light and bright color schemes can look surprisingly striking, especially in tiny kitchen spaces. They help to create an illusion of space, with clean lines and a single cohesive aesthetic from front to back. Also take advantage of light wood cabinets throughout to pair alongside the lighter color scheme. White modern kitchen cabinets are just as effective—especially when contrasted with bolder elements such as black hardware or a modern oven hood vent. A monochromatic color scheme will make your small kitchen feel bigger than it is without taking away from any sense of style.

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2) Small Kitchen Lighting

Small kitchen design with smart lighting and blue tile backsplash

Even though you're working with a small space, there are plenty of great design ideas to pull from. The trick here is finding smart ways to create the illusion of more space. Small kitchens feel bigger when there aren't any dark corners or dead zones that have no purpose. Make sure your kitchen has plenty of lighting options because the brighter the space is, the better the illusion that the area is larger than it actually is. Recessed lighting is great for the entire kitchen space due to its ability to illuminate an entire area without being noticeable or taking any needed space away. If you have an area that can incorporate pendant lighting, rattan lights or glass-enclosed lights are the best option to keep the flow of the space feeling open.

3) Backsplash Options

Small kitchen design with white cabinets, herringbone patterns backsplash tile and stainless steel appliances

In smaller kitchens, backsplashes don’t have to be bold or eccentric in order to bring a wow factor. It might sound obvious, but starting your search with clean lines and minimal textures will help you find a kitchen backsplash that will feel like they were custom made for your space. The trick is to look for tile shapes and colors that complement instead of compete with each other. For example, if one section of wall has white cabinets and another has taupe cabinetry, neutralizing it with white subway tiles or herringbone patterns in a shade of gray will make sure nothing distracts from your gorgeous cabinetry while giving it a subtle texture.

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4) Opt For A Functional Kitchen Island

Functional Kitchen Island

Daily Dream Decor

If your kitchen is a small space, that doesn’t mean you should eliminate your kitchen island. This simple design element gives you extra cabinet storage and extra kitchen workspace. A functional kitchen island also provides you with a way to add additional seating during parties, which is especially helpful if your home has a limited number of other dining options. Your kitchen’s layout will play a role in determining how much cabinet or countertop space you can allocate for it, but take advantage of any opportunity to make more room for eating and cooking activities when designing yours.

5) Kitchen Cabinet Options For Small Spaces

The easiest way to change up a kitchen's look and feel is with new cabinets. If you have a small space but still want style, don't settle for boring paint jobs or generic style cabinets. To get the most out of your little kitchen, consider these easy-to-implement cabinet design ideas:

Open Shelving:

Small kitchen design with open shelving

With so much wall space, it can be tempting to go overboard with hanging shelves and knickknacks, but keep it minimal and attractive with open shelves in neutral tones or wood. Purchase dishware and kitchen items that are attractive and stylish, yet still functional for everyday use to place on your open shelving.

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White Cabinets:

White Cabinets

The Spruce

Whether you pick traditional wood cabinetry or choose white lacquer for an upscale look, cabinet doors and drawer fronts with clean lines and all white will give your kitchen a look that's timeless without being too stuffy or boring.

Two-Toned Cabinets:

Two-Toned Cabinets

Lily Ann Cabinets – Navy Blue Shaker Cabinet

Another easy way to make your small kitchen look bigger is with two-toned cabinets. With white on top and dark wood or a deep color below, you'll instantly make your kitchen feel more spacious and airy.

Install Continuous Cabinets:

Continuous Cabinets

Semi Stories

A perfect small kitchen design idea is to draw the eyes upwards. To do this, have your upper modern kitchen cabinets reach all the way to the ceiling. Whether you have tall ceilings or not, this will draw people’s eyes upwards and make the space seem larger.

6) Add Wallpaper or a Patterned Backsplash

Kitchen design with white cabinets, gold pulls, patterned backsplash, and open shelving

If you’re in need of modern kitchen design ideas for a small space, consider using wallpaper or adding a patterned backsplash. These two options present the opportunity of drawing eyes to the wallpaper or backsplash rather than the smallness of the space. You can choose from an extensive variety of patterns and colors, which will transform your kitchen instantly. Patterned wallpaper is inexpensive and easy to apply; some types can be textured, some are very smooth and easy to clean, and come in an array of different colors and patterns. A patterned backsplash can give off the same effect in a small kitchen space.

Gold kitchen cabinet hardware is a great choice for keeping the space light and bright

7) Install Tiles & Flooring Strategically

small kitchen design


Small modern kitchen designs that any space can pull off are laying tile and the flooring strategically to change the feel of the room. For tile, lay it vertically to create an illusion of height or horizontally to make the room seem wider. Flooring works the same way, whether you decide to install hardwood, tile, or any other form of flooring. Tiling and flooring sometimes are a kitchen feature that tend to be overlooked, so don't miss out on this opportunity to give your kitchen the illusion of being larger!

8) Mirrors Help To Open Up The Space

modern kitchen design

Decor Pad

Use mirrors to help create the illusion of a larger space in a small kitchen. You can also use mirrors to make it seem like there’s more than one light source in a dark room. Modern kitchen designs like this one are not only unique and add a sense of style, but are also functional to create the illusion of more space in a room. If you have no wall space to add a mirror or two, consider installing mirror-paneled modern kitchen cabinets into your space for an even better effect!

9) Built-In Storage

Pull out cabinet organizer

Built-in storage means you can get a lot of extra storage and more organization without having clutter on your countertops. This is especially helpful if you live in a small space with very little closet and cabinet space—or if you just want to make your kitchen look more elegant and clean. Built-in storage can be built out over counters, inside cabinetry, along walls, or on top of appliances like fridges and stoves.

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10) Consider A Removable Kitchen Island

removable kitchen island

Bob Vila

Kitchen islands not only add character and charm to your kitchen, but they also allow you to use more of your kitchen space. A removable kitchen island gives you an extra counter or workspace as needed, but can be moved out of sight when not in use to allow for more space. Best of all, they come in many different designs and finishes so you can choose one that fits with your style.

11) Utilize the Space Above Cabinets

Small kitchen with full wall cabinets


The space above your cabinets can be used for storage. Use decorative baskets or bins to store infrequently used items, keeping them out of sight but easily accessible when needed.

12) Utilize Space Under Cabinets

Utilize Space Under Cabinets

On the other hand, instead of utilizing space for storage above cabinets, opt for storage solutions underneath your cabinets. Whether it is to store cutting boards, lids, or other kitchen utensils, under-cabinet storage can help to eliminate unnecessary clutter inside your cabinets.

13) Multi-Functional Furniture

Multi-Functional Furniture


Invest in multi-functional furniture like folding tables or extendable countertops. These pieces can be tucked away when not in use, providing more room for movement and other activities.

14) Add Under-Cabinet Lighting

Under cabinets lights for small kitchen

Installing under-cabinet lighting can brighten up your kitchen countertops, making your kitchen feel larger and more inviting. It also adds a modern touch and improves functionality for meal prep and cooking. Shop from our LED cabinet lighting options that will brighten your space and make it feel bigger.

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Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

1. What are good color schemes for a small kitchen?

When it comes to smaller kitchens, opting for a littler color will help make the space seem larger. 

2. What cabinets are best for a small kitchen?

The best cabinets for a small space are those with lots of storage space. Opt for deep drawers and cabinets to keep a clutter free kitchen!

3. How do I keep my small kitchen organized?

Keeping a small kitchen organized may be tricky but with Lily Ann Cabinets organizers and inserts, you can keep your kitchen tidy and organized.

4. What are the basic kitchen plan layouts?

There are 6 basic kitchen plan layouts: L-Shaped, G-Shaped, U-Shaped, Single Wall, Galley, and the Kitchen Island layout. 

5. Which kitchen layout is the most functional?

An L-shaped kitchen tends to be the most functional use of space for a kitchen and can be done in the majority of kitchen spaces.

6. What is the kitchen triangle rule?

The kitchen triangle rule is based on the three main food prepping areas of the kitchen: the fridge, stove, and sink. Your layout should be based off of this rule in order to have a smoother cooking experience with no obstructions.

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