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Combining Modern Elements for a Timeless Tiny Kitchen

Updated on:
October 18, 2023
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It might be difficult to design a tiny house kitchen to take full advantage of its space, but it is absolutely possible. This is crucial if you plan to use your house as an investment. How can you maximize a small area while keeping a classic concept and adding contemporary design components? Occasionally, it pays to get professional assistance since getting it just right might be challenging.

If you want to attempt it on your own, you may be wondering how you can make a small kitchen both timeless and modern at the same time without breaking the bank. This article will walk you through some of the best steps to do just that. 

Stone Flooring

When you are asked to picture a kitchen in your mind, what does the floor look like? If you are like most people, it will probably be made of some kind of tiling; the color doesn’t really matter unless you have a very small space or a specific design in mind! There are many reasons why stone flooring is both a modern and timeless element to add to your kitchen. For practical reasons, stone flooring does not absorb humidity in the same way that wooden flooring does, making it more functional in the kitchen space as there is a lot of water. It can also be easily wiped clean, which is another benefit.

Depending on the type of stone flooring that you have, you may need to do a little bit of maintenance. Granite or quartz stone are popular choices for kitchen floors, as they are hardy, attractive, and have minimal maintenance requirements. You can find all you need at Quorn Stone. If your kitchen is smaller, try to avoid darker colors, as these can cause the room to look smaller. Instead, try white flooring or even a lighter hue of orange, blue, or grey, as lighter shades will help to expand the space.

Next, it is all about the cost and the value. Stone flooring in a kitchen increases the value of a property if it is well-maintained, so if you want to add something to your kitchen to up the value, stone flooring is a great place to start.

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Simple Cabinet Design

OK, so there is a lot to be said about cabinet design when it comes to making over your kitchen. There was a trend about 20 years ago of having cabinet designs that were a bit more elaborate, which was all well and good for the time, but in a modern kitchen, it can look a bit cluttered.

Kitchen cabinets can be colorful and can have ornate handles if you wish. Just remember that when it comes to kitchen cabinets, the aim of a timeless kitchen is to keep it looking like it belongs in both the past and the future, which can be a challenge if you want to get a bit more artistic with it. Indeed, in a modern kitchen that is smaller, many people would choose white or lighter-colored cabinets. Why? Because white as a shade is not oppressive in interior design and gives the illusion of more space. So, it opens up the room! Just make sure that you have an appropriate cleaner, as white cabinets can get a bit dirty.


In a small kitchen, there may be a bit of a squeeze when it comes to modern appliances.

Of course, if you simply have to have items like a coffee maker, a grilled sandwich maker, a leafy greens juicer, and an air fryer, these can go onto the worktops; just try to get the smaller options, if possible, as this will save on space. With larger appliances, such as a fridge, cookers, and washing machines, you are going to be hard-pressed to find these items in smaller sizes. So, try to fit them under the counters to save on space.

If you can, it may be worth putting some of the aforementioned small appliances on a shelf. This is commonly seen in smaller kitchens, as it makes the most of the wall space without cluttering up the countertops or storing everything in the cupboards. It also makes sure that these items are easily within reach when they are needed.

No Clutter

Clutter is the last thing you want in a kitchen that is smaller and strives for a classic look. It might be challenging to strike the correct balance based on everything that you want in your kitchen, as was previously said. It is important to consider extra storage options, such as installing a cabinet above the oven, as well as making sure that all of the cupboards are utilized to their greatest potential in order to keep areas clear of clutter. Consider mounting a little herb rack on the inside of a cabinet for displaying or storing products like herbs. This frees up counter space and places those crucial condiments exactly where they should be.


In a small space, especially a kitchen, you will want to light it up as much as possible.

This is not only so you can see what you are doing and minimize any accidents that may happen, but light will also help the space look larger. So, you may want to invest in some stick-on (or wired) under counter-lights to brighten up the worktops – if you like taking photos of your food or love to film cooking videos, this extra light could come in really handy. As for ceiling lights, it is becoming both timeless and modern to have a pendant light fitting in a kitchen. Just make sure that when this is fitted, it is done so by a trained electrician to ensure that it works properly.


When it comes to designing a timeless tiny kitchen, incorporating modern elements can be the key to creating a stylish and functional space. By blending contemporary design features with timeless aesthetics, you can achieve a kitchen that not only maximizes efficiency but also stands the test of time. So, get creative, think outside the box, and enjoy the process of crafting a tiny kitchen that reflects your personal style and makes a big impact.

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