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11 small square kitchen ideas

Dealing with a small kitchen can be tricky enough, but what if it’s small and square? Don’t worry, these small square kitchen ideas will have you covered.

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If you have a small square kitchen, it can be hard to know what to do with your space – how should you lay it out? How can you make it feel bigger? And can you squeeze in a place to eat?

Don’t worry, these 11 small square kitchen ideas will give you all the inspiration you need to turn your awkward space into the kitchen of your dreams.

1. Opt for a U-shaped small square kitchen design

u-shaped small square kitchen design

U-shaped designs (where you place your cabinets and appliances across three walls) are ideal for a square kitchen – if you have enough space, of course! Not only will it look great, but you’ll also find it easy to create that sought-after ‘golden triangle,’ where your sink, fridge and cooker are laid out in (you guessed it!) a triangular configuration. This kitchen has been finished off with hexagonal grey-and-white kitchen wall tiles to give it a modern look.

2. Brighten up your small square kitchen with light gloss cabinets

small square kitchen cream gloss cabinets

Light colours like white or cream can be fantastic for increasing natural light in your kitchen. Opting for gloss cabinets on top of that will help to bounce even more light around the space and make your small kitchen feel bigger. This homeowner has opted for handleless gloss white kitchen doors for a slick and modern look, paired with a grey kitchen worktop and splashback for that all-important contrast.

3. Plan a dining area in to your layout

small square kitchen design

Another monochrome kitchen to make it onto our list, this homeowner has opted for an L-shaped configuration to leave room for a small dining table. We love that they’ve added a low-hanging light fixture over the table to zone the space. With the glass-fronted wall units, wooden chairs and tablecloth, this rustic kitchen is giving us real cottagey vibes that we’re here for.

4. Incorporate a small square kitchen island

small square kitchen island in cream kitchen

If you have enough room in your small square kitchen, why not add a kitchen island? A small square island will suit the shape of your room and provide you with valuable extra cooking and storage space. Here, a charcoal island contrasts with cream kitchen cabinets to draw focus to the centre of the room.

5. Swap a dining table for a breakfast bar

small square kitchen

Often with a small square kitchen, you’ll find yourself umming and ahhing about whether to add a dining table or kitchen island to your space. This homeowner has got the best of both worlds by swapping a dining table for a breakfast bar at the end of an island. We love that the bar stools can be tucked right away when they’re not in use, to maximise the space in this kitchen diner.

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6. Explore colourful small square kitchen ideas

small square kitchen ideas in green

Just because you’re dealing with a small kitchen, that doesn’t mean you can’t play with more colourful kitchen ideas. This kitchen boasts deep green cabinets to contrast with the white worktops, wall tiles and kitchen floor. It’s a colour inspired by nature that doesn’t overwhelm the space but instead adds personality to this sophisticated kitchen design.

7. Add a peninsula to your small square kitchen design

peninsula for small kitchen

When space is tight, a peninsula can often be a more practical addition than a kitchen island. This homeowner has added a peninsula that has just enough room underneath for a single bar stool. It’s the perfect choice for a single homeowner who can use the space for chopping or dining at will.

8. Plan a multi-functional kitchen island

small square kitchen island

On the topic of multi-functional kitchen designs, we’re big fans of this freestanding square kitchen island. As well as functioning as both a breakfast bar and extra workspace, it can also be moved around to suit the needs of the homeowner at any one time. In fact, you could even add another couple of bar stools for entertaining.

9. Give your kitchen a focal point

small square kitchen ideas focal point

In a square kitchen, there isn’t always a natural focal point. This homeowner has solved that problem by adding a false chimney breast, finished off with a lovely clock. It’s a design choice that fits in beautifully with the traditional style of the cabinets and kitchen flooring.

10. Play with ideas for a small square open plan kitchen living room

small square open plan kitchen living room

If your kitchen is big enough or you can afford a small kitchen extension, you might be toying with the idea of open plan living. Luckily, even a small open plan kitchen living room can be hugely impactful. Here, kitchen lighting, a rug and even an island cooker hood help to zone the room and differentiate the cooking, eating and living areas.

11. Explore characterful decorating options

characterful small square kitchen ideas

Last but not least, your kitchen might be small but you can still have some fun with it! This kitchen boasts Moroccan-style kitchen tiles. Not only do they add a pop of colour, but together with the copious plants, they call to mind a much sunnier place!

Key takeaways

  • U-shaped and L-shaped layouts work well for a small square kitchen.
  • If you have the space, consider adding a small square kitchen island or breakfast bar.
  • Multi-functional items work perfectly in a small space, to get that ideal balance of practicality and style.

Ready to bring your small square kitchen ideas to life? Simply find a trusted kitchen fitter to start you off.

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