1. Corner of windows. This one may take some sacrifice — you’ll have to stash seldom-used items in storage and purge those you don’t really need. In return, your kitchen will expand and feel so much less cramped thanks to your new views and all that wonderful natural light.
2. Eat-in area. Your idea of an eat-in kitchen may be a table that seats a party of eight. You may be overlooking the fact that you have room for a cafe table, a small counter or even a flip-down bar top.
3. Island. No matter how modestly sized, an island can provide invaluable space for working, serving and storing. Take the recommended dimensions and clearances with a grain of salt, as they tend to work only for mansions and in Fantasy land. As long as you’re not bruising a hip every time you round the island, you have enough space.
4. Colorful appliances. We often read that making everything glossy white and glass bounces the light around and keeps a small space looking seamless and thus larger. But the truth is those spaces can be a real drag sometimes. Trust me, visitors do not notice how small this kitchen is; they remember the cheerful aqua refrigerator.
5. Eye-catching vent hood. Use a European range and refrigerator (both 24 inches wide), which helps
fit in everything needed.
6. Displayed collections. As long as there’s a place for everything and everything is in its place, there’s no reason not to keep your favorite items on full display. Pot racks, plate racks, a few open shelves and a glass-front cabinet- homeowners enjoy their copper cookware, silver and china from the kitchen table, which takes up most of the room in the kitchen.
7. Artwork. In a galley kitchen, giving the eye a beautiful place to rest at the end distracts from the narrowness of the space. These are vintage prints of seaweed, which bring a coastal texture indoors.
8. Chopping block. Thanks to the miracle of hinges and clever design, this handy butcher-block surface pops up in a flash.
9. Waterfall counter. We usually see this design element used on a large island, but it’s an overlooked strategy for a small kitchen. In this case, the kitchen nook is open to the living room. Extending the counter material to the floor enhances the design of the entire space.
10. Home office. This clever pullout surface can serve as both kitchen table and workstation.