Island. No matter how modestly sized, an island can provide invaluable space for working, serving and storing. I recently interviewed a designer who advised that we take the recommended dimensions and clearances with a grain of salt, as they tend to work only for mansions and in Fantasyland. As long as you’re not bruising a hip every time you round the island, you have enough space.
Organize inside. It may sound like a no‐brainer, but often what makes a kitchen, big or small, organized is how we arrange the insides of our cupboards. Shelf and drawer dividers, hooks, racks and other storage devices are key to keeping order. Consider what works for you and go custom if you can. Are you a Mason jar and Tupperware kind of person? Do you prefer mugs on hooks, shelves or in drawers? Storage is often about personal preference. Here, the slim slots for chopping boards and placemats are a brilliant idea, as is the slim pullout spice rack.
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. Spend a few minutes browsing through the thousands of kitchens showcased and you will quickly see they come in all shapes, sizes, styles and colors. Colorwise they can run the gamut from eye catching, bold and bright, to light, tranquil and airy. Featured here are some of the many delightfully colorful kitchens, along with examples of color palettes inspired by the kitchens.