Many of these kitchens rely on white surfaces to keep the small spaces feeling open and light. At the same time, playing with scale by using big artwork or multiples helps liven them up. As the tips from the Small, Cool Kitchen contest pointed out, using the walls and working vertically are key when space is tight: think magnetic knife racks (Images 1 and 4), pot-hangers (Image 6), shelves (Image 8), and cabinet tops (Image 9). Finally, I like how in Rodellee's kitchen (Image 7), she has chosen a red microwave — rather than trying to hide this usually clunky appliance, she has made it into a fun, unlikely design element.
- • Amy's Dashing Details
• Claire's Studio in the City by the Bay
• Brenden's & Shannon's Pint-Sized Pad
• Caroline's Pint Size Retro Whimsy On A Budget
• Cristen's San Francisco Studio