Inspiring Ideas for Small & Budget-Friendly Kitchens

Kitchen Design with Wall Sconces - Photo by Michael Graydon - Design by Mandy Milks and Mazen El-Abdallah

House and Home / Photo by Michael Graydon – Design by Mandy Milks & Mazen El-Abdallah

I love kitchens. But I adore smallish kitchens. I think they can be so homey and comforting! Yes, sometimes small kitchens are frustrating to work in. I’ll admit trying to find enough counter space can be tricky in a small space, let alone having places for everything else! But in spite of their challenges, I think small kitchens can be super charming. Best of all, they can be updated on more reasonable budgets, too!

Today I’ve rounded up a few pretty ideas that inspired me with ways to make the most of a small kitchen. Enjoy!

Small Cottage Kitchen BHG Pretty Handy Girl
Pretty Handy Girl via BHG

Play up the details.

Give your kitchen a mini-sized facelift. Small and average sized kitchens have elements that can be beautifully updated on a budget with DIY projects, an affordable mix of lighting and materials and colors that inspire you. Play up the details with more charm and character!

budget friendly kitchen ideas - the inspired room - bhgBHG

Enhance the personality with paint.

Remove a cabinet door and paint the back of the cabinet a cheery color as a fun backdrop for baking items or dishes. It doesn’t take much paint to make a statement in a small kitchen!

Small Kitchen - Patterned Rug house and home magHouse & Home
Photographer:Janet Kimber House & Home July 2014 Designer:Deb Nelson

Add warmth.

Small kitchens may not have a lot of opportunity or room to add warmth, pattern and color, but every kitchen likely has room for a rug! Even if it is just a small rug by the sink, a rug can add more softness, warmth and style.

Space Saving Kitchen Idea Corner shelves - BHGBHG

Tuck in useful and charming storage.

Every inch counts, so don’t settle for dark or cramped cabinets. Install corner shelves to make the most of your space. Remove some existing corner or wall cabinets in favor of open shelving to make your kitchen feel more spacious and open. Use your open shelving for small appliances, or practical and decorative canisters and baskets.

Ideas for Small and Budget Friendly Kitchens - The Inspired Room

Check out more of my small and budget-friendly kitchen ideas:

10 Clever Kitchen Space Savers

4 Budget-Friendly Tips for an Organized Kitchen

Essentials for an Organized Pantry

How to Make Your Own Coffee Station

6 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Feel Bigger

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