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31 clever ideas for a small Indian kitchen

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Designing a new kitchen or renovating a kitchen can be exciting, but it's always important to keep the size of the kitchen in mind as there are certain limitations when it comes to small kitchens. This article will also be helpful if you're trying to maximize the space in your small kitchen. There is an ideas here for every budget and taste, so do not worry. We hope you will walk away with plenty of inspiration and ideas to try out in your kitchen. Continue reading to find out all the ideas in store for you…  

1. Add a small table

Although there may not be space for a large dining table in the kitchen, you can always squeeze in a small table with a few stools so that there is no need for a separate dining room. Pick something that is light and fits properly in a corner to save space. 

2. Choose three colours

2 BHK in country Style Interiors : country Kitchen by In Built Concepts
In Built Concepts

2 BHK in country Style Interiors

In Built Concepts

One clever trick to design small kitchens is to choose only three colours for the kitchen as too many colours can make a small kitchen seem overcrowded and smaller. Sticking to a rigid colour scheme will also make your kitchen look more organised. 

3. Break the rules

Architecture has it's own set of rules, but sometimes it's a good idea to break them. Although high cabinets that cover the walls are the norm, sometimes a well framed window with plenty of storage underneath works best. Just look how much storage space there is in the kitchen pictured here! 

4. Highlight with an accent

Ahad Euphoria, 2 BHK - Mr. Krishna:  Kitchen units by DECOR DREAMS

Ahad Euphoria, 2 BHK—Mr. Krishna


A space with just one colour may make your kitchen seem larger than it is, but sometimes highlighting small parts of the kitchen with a bright colour or accent works well to accentuate the spaciousness. 

5. Marble that reflects

A little luxury or marble can go a long way in a small kitchen as it reflects light and makes the space seem larger. There are also other less expensive reflective materials which can be used to replace marble and have the similar effect. 

6. Large windows

3D Designs By Mirva Vora Designs.: classic Kitchen by Mirva Vora Designs
Mirva Vora Designs

3D Designs By Mirva Vora Designs.

Mirva Vora Designs

There's nothing like having a few large windows in the kitchen to make it more airy and spacious. It will also allow more natural light and fresh air in. The kitchen will also be less likely to be unbearably hot. 

7. Glass-fronted wall cupboards

Always say yes to glass-fronted wall cupboards and their reflective, space-enhancing qualities. Shiny wall tiles can also help to add to the effect. 

8. All white

An all-white kitchen is the best way to go if it's really tiny. It will also make it cooler and more comfortable to work in. The only thing is keeping it bright white may take more cleaning and maintenance. 

9. Let it hang

4 BHK Apartment of Mr Sachin Tulsyan Kolkata:  Built-in kitchens by Cee Bee Design Studio
Cee Bee Design Studio

4 BHK Apartment of Mr Sachin Tulsyan Kolkata

Cee Bee Design Studio

Try to hang up as many things as possible to save on storage space. Avoid using the countertop for storage as it will take up precious work space in the kitchen and make working in the kitchen tedious. Make sure to equip the kitchen with sufficient wall hooks for this purpose. Pots, pans, spices and tea towels can all be hung up on the wall. 

10. Integrate ends

Kitchen Render - Triple colour combo : modern Kitchen by NVT Quality Build solution
NVT Quality Build solution

Kitchen Render—Triple colour combo

NVT Quality Build solution

The end of an island can be put to use by incorporating built in shelves for kitchen clutter and hidden containers. 

11. Make use of metal

Other than glass and mirrors, metal or metallic materials also reflects light and can make a space seem larger than it is. It will also give your kitchen a more contemporary industrial design style. 

12. Think before you box in

Try to keep the kitchen space as open as possible and avoid boxing it in with too many cupboards.

13. Portable stove

Portable stoves are small, handy and take up much less space. If you don't cook much at home, this kind of stove is best. For more ideas and inspiration, please refer to our article titled 12 tips to improve your small kitchen.

14. Pendant lamps

KITCHEN VIEW 1: minimalistic Kitchen by MAD DESIGN



Pendant lamps that hang low may take up a little more space, but they also enhance the cosiness of a small kitchen. Pick out pendant lamps that can easily be adjusted so they can be hung higher when the kitchen is busy.

15. Big ceiling lamps

Modular Kitchen - Baner: modern Kitchen by DECOR DREAMS

Modular Kitchen—Baner


High ceilings in a small kitchen can look awkward. It's best to balance out the dimensions by installing large ceiling lamps or pendant lamps that hang low. This will also make the kitchen more cosy. 

16. Set it back

Sriharsha - Ullal - Bangalore: modern Kitchen by Pebblewood.in



The clever placement of kitchen units can make space in a small kitchen. White walls and pale cabinets with a darker shade of tiling above can also create the illusion of more space. 

17. Tiny kitchen island

Tiny kitchen islands can actually work to create more storage even in a small kitchen. It also balances out the little areas of the kitchen well and makes it easier to work in as all the areas of the kitchen are easily accessible. 

18. Combine the countertop and dining table

An excellent idea is to extend the countertop just a little bit so that it can double up as a small dining space in the kitchen. It also adds more work space in the kitchen when it's not being used as a dining table. For more inspiration, please also read spacious ideas for a small kitchen.

19. Scale down kitchen appliances

Kitchen appliances such as blenders, microwaves, ovens and refrigerators can take up a lot of space. However these kitchen appliances can be scaled down in size to make more space. These days modern kitchen appliances are becoming smaller and smaller. You can also find multi-functional kitchen appliances in the market.

20. Niches in the wall and shelving

ethnic kitchen : country Kitchen by ZERO9

ethnic kitchen


Niches in the wall or some holes in the wall can visually enlarge a kitchen. They can also serve as an efficient storage space. Wall shelving is another great idea to make the most out of wall space.

21. Let it flow

Apartment Project @Palm terrace drives by MAD DESIGN: scandinavian Kitchen by MAD DESIGN

Apartment Project @Palm terrace drives by MAD DESIGN


For an open kitchen design, it's highly recommended to create continuity in the design and decor. Make it seem like part of the living room by using the same wallpaper and also adding artwork to the walls. 

22. Small pull-out table and overhead storage

A small pull-out table can be super convenient and practical in a small kitchen when you need extra working space. It can also be folded away to make more space in the kitchen when you don't need it anymore. Overhead storage for glasses is another great idea which is well worth while the trouble of installing. 

23. Large wall tiles

Pick out large wall tiles instead of small wall tiles to make your kitchen seem more spacious. Spotlights in the right areas can also enhance the large wall tiles and enlarge the kitchen visually. 

24. Smooth out lines

Acrylic Soft Close Modular Kitchen Shutters - Origami Spaces(Origamispaces.com):  Kitchen units by Origami Space Design
Origami Space Design

Acrylic Soft Close Modular Kitchen Shutters—Origami Spaces(Origamispaces.com)

Origami Space Design

Try to avoid using horizontal lines, whether it's tile grouts or wood grains because horizontal lines can make a space seem smaller than it is. The best is to use smooth walls with no grouts. This applies to kitchen cabinets and countertops as well. 

25. Compartmentalize everything

POISE Modular Kitchen:  Kitchen units by Poise

POISE Modular Kitchen


Making space for every little thing in the kitchen is one of the cleverest tricks in the book. There should be a separate space for forks, spoons, spices, dishes and so on. 

26. Keep the sinks small

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Scale Inch Pvt. Ltd.

L Shaped Kitchen Design India

Scale Inch Pvt. Ltd.

It's better to have two small sinks than one large sink. This design is especially helpful if you usually have more than one person working in the kitchen as it decreases the traffic at the sink area. 

27. Slide storage into a wall

Sobha City, 3 BHK - Mr. Agrawal:  Built-in kitchens by DECOR DREAMS

Sobha City, 3 BHK—Mr. Agrawal


Slide storage into walls by installing in-built storage cabinets that can be pulled out of the wall directly. Although it may be a little more expensive to install, it can save tons of space in the kitchen. For more ideas, here are 8 small kitchen designs for Indian homes.

28. Vertical patterns

Modular Kitchen - Baner: modern Kitchen by DECOR DREAMS

Modular Kitchen—Baner


Vertical patterns, whether they are wood grains, wall tiles or the pattern on your wallpaper can make a space seem larger. The more defined the vertical patterns, the better. 

29. Use more drawers

Pull-out drawers are great for everything including storing spices and hand towels for the kitchen. Many people often only use them for storing cuttlery though, and it's such a waste as drawers can save so much space and help to compartmentalize everything. 

30. Pastel colours

Choose soothing, light colours instead of dark, heavy colours. Pastel colours like the one pictured here work really well for small kitchens. For more inspiration, please refer to our article titled 6 small kitchen ideas for Indian homes.

31. Divide and conquer

The British used it to colonize India, and you can use it to conquer the problems of a small kitchen too. Just a simple divider or a small wall as pictured in this example can create a sufficient boundary that separates the kitchen from the rest of the house, thus creating the illusion of more space. 

We hope the ideas here have been helpful. For more articles like this, have a look at how to make your small kitchen beautiful.

Which small kitchen design ideas do you think will work for you? 
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