Here are some of my favorite small kitchens with a bucolic, cobbled together vibe. The anti-shiny stainless chef's kitchen. Places where a mish-mosh of pots and pans and tools have collected over decades, and some chipped tiles only add carefree charm. Think tucked in the back of an old stone house somewhere on the English countryside.
In addition, these photos are great inspiration for renters looking for non-permanent ways to improve their kitchen. Ideas noted below each photo.
Simple hooks to hang pots and pans can be purchased at any hardware store. Your can even hang nails on the back of your cabinet to hang teacups and mugs. Inexpensive blue and white china can be found at Pearl River in SoHo. Photo via
If you're short on storage, add open shelving. This involves some planning and drilling to ensure the shelves are secure, but worth the effort. To create shelves like those in the photo, pick up these pine wood brackets at Home Depot, get these poplar boards cut to size, hang, and paint (or paint and hang). Kitchen styled by Rita Konig, via
More open shelving. If you're worried about evenly lining multiple shelves, try the Varde wall shelf from Ikea. Photo via
Sliding curtains look better than ugly cabinet doors. A more modern approach pictured here and here in Jennifer Koehler's 200 square foot West Village apartment, originally featured in Domino. Photo via
A pot rack is another easy way to free up cabinet space. I have this pot rock from Cuisinart hanging in my kitchen. It's only $39.99 and available at Bed Bath and Beyond (don't forget your 20% off coupon!) From Coastal Decor, via
Do you have an awkward layout and some haphazardly placed free-floating appliances? I certainly do. Try re-purposing furniture such as the chest of drawers and table lamp. Photo via
For more inspiration, check out my Small Spaces: Kitchens board on Pinterest, if you'd like.