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small kitchen ideas - make the most of a small space with white cabinets and lots of natural light


Small Kitchen in Indigo with two tone cream lower cabinets


First, we would like to say there are some benefits to creating a small kitchen!  A small kitchen footprint leaves more room for flexible living space in an open plan home.

Planning a small kitchen might mean you can afford to go a little more luxe on your choice of worktop and accessories like handles as you won’t need them in huge quantities.

Our favourite small kitchen ideas

storage drawers fro small kitchen

Clever storage solutions

When every inch matters, clever storage solutions really help.  Use wall space for open storage units, shelving and racking. Utensil rails and hooks hooks on ends of cabinets or doors will keep essential easily accessible.

Make sure your cupboards and drawers are organised to maximise their storage potential.  Drawer dividers for pans, plates and bowls keep everything neat. Inserts of all sizes for spices, bottles, cutlery will help order precious space.

small kitchen ideas - make the most of a small space with white cabinets and lots of natural light

Reflective surfaces

Simple white walls, light-reflecting gloss, glass-fronted cabinets, splashbacks from stainless steel, glass or high gloss tiles do a lovely job of giving an illusion of space and light.

You’ll find classic white kitchen cabinets in all our ranges because they make any kitchen look lighter and brighter – and  larger! Keeping your finish simple will really help make your kitchen feel bigger.

quooker flex

Slimline compact appliances

For the ultimate in space-saving appliances for tiny kitchens, a Quooker instant boiling water tap is a smart move. With no kettle, you save counter space. Washing up with a Quooker Flex is super-easy in a small sink, and its capacity to deliver chilled and sparkling water will save on fridge shelf space. It’s a very stylish kitchen workhorse that will earn its keep in a small kitchen.

Help with smart small kitchen ideas to suit your space

The less space you have for a kitchen, the more smart your design has to be. Here’s where our Kitchen Design Service really helps – our designers are geniuses at maximising space – they love the challenge and logistics of designing small kitchens!

Book an appointment to chat to one of our experienced kitchen designers about your dream kitchen.

We have small and galley kitchens on display in all of our showrooms. Come in and browse today!


Kitchen Design ideas - White kitchen on a budget


If you like a modern look, go for handleless designs for a sleek, streamlined appearance. The less busy you kitchen looks, the more spacious it will appear. And, if you can, reduce your number of  wall cabinets – a mix of open shelving or open units without doors will give a more airy and less hemmed in feel.

Digital render of Symphony Kitchen


Good lighting can make a huge difference to a small kitchen design. As well as spot lighting to help you with tasks, consider plinth lighting above the kick board, feature lights for high shelving and internal lighting for glass-fronted wall units.

Our kitchen planners will devise and demonstrate kitchen lighting plans to suit your kitchen layout and room orientation using our 3D software.

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small kitchen with peninsula island


While it might not be at the top of your list of small kitchen ideas to include in a design, a peninsula is a practical option, especially if you can’t fit a kitchen table or separate kitchen island in your layout. Offering more counter space, a kitchen peninsula can double up as preparation area and a place to eat.

You’ll have additional storage space underneath for store cupboard items and a  slight countertop overhang will allow you to tuck a couple of stools away for informal meals. It’ll definitely make your kitchen feel more sociable too so don’t discount the idea, and talk to a kitchen designer about the logistics of including one.

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symphony kitchen on display for small kitchen ideas


Our Turnbull kitchen designers can guide you through the latest galley kitchens from leading UK manufacturers, Symphony and Sheraton. They’ll help you choose a layout and style to fit even the most compact spaces as well as suggesting flooring, tiles and lighting to complement your design.

Symphony and Sheraton have a wealth of really useful small kitchen ideas and solutions, because, like us, they know that while not everyone has a large family kitchen space to work with, everyone wants a beautiful kitchen!

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NEFF double ovens for small kitchen deign

NEFF Appliances

Explore slimline integrated appliances and compact models made for small kitchens. NEFF  Slide & Hide Ovens and the NEFF combined induction extractor hob are great space savers in a small kitchen and mean extra storage or wall space.
NEFF have a whole range of appliances designed to offer the ultimate flexibility for small kitchen design. Their compact ovens, compact steam ovens and compact microwaves have all of the innovative features you’d expect from NEFF  – they’re small appliances with big ideas!

NEFF Kitchen Appliances