Small Kitchen Trends

Re-designing your kitchen space can be one of the most exciting times in a home renovation. We spend so much time in our kitchens that the kitchen must be an inviting, warm, and a place where we want to spend time with family and friends. But with so many decisions to make on countertops, flooring, backsplash, and appliances, a kitchen re-design can be stressful. What if you could make use of extra kitchen space hidden away somewhere?

Today’s trends in design call for a minimalist approach, letting countertops speak for themselves without the added clutter of appliances. As a bonus, hidden kitchen appliances also free up counter space, perfect for smaller homes and apartments. Especially because bigger isn’t always better. You can make priceless memories in a kitchen of any size! But how do you squeeze all of the functions you need into the form that you have?

Of course, it is possible to maximize smaller spaces, and we have some ideas that may help! Let’s create the kitchen of your dreams without the clutter.

Invest in Small Appliances

It is becoming quite common to see down-sized kitchens in newer homes. We recommend investing in smaller countertop appliances and built-ins to maximize your space without sacrificing any functionality.

The Sharp Superheated Steam Countertop Oven is a perfect addition to small kitchens. It is both easy to store and clean, plus it eliminates the need for a traditional toaster oven. You’ll use it every day. You may even consider downsizing your slide-in range. It combines superheated steam and conventional, radiant heat in all cooking modes ensuring that your food is crispy and browned on the outside, moist, and delicious on the inside.

While investing in small appliances is a must, we all have those gadgets that sit in the corners of our cabinets collecting dust. Choose accessories that are beautiful and functional multi-taskers and clear the clutter. Yes, all kitchens attract clutter, but in a small kitchen, clutter creates stress. Add color to the walls, back-splash and drawer liners, and donate gadgets and tools that you haven’t reached for in a year.

Big Vision, Big Design

While your kitchen may be small, your design does not have to be. Give your kitchen a more extensive look with bright tiles for a backsplash behind your sink or in-between the cabinets and counter space. Small tiles will give your kitchen a more condensed and crowded feel. We recommend choosing large and plain floor tiles with simple designs, if any, to avoid creating a busy look to the room.

We all know that the lighting in a room can set the mood, but it can set the scene as well. It is essential to strategically plan out where you are going to hang light fixtures and project light in your small kitchen. Bad lighting will ALWAYS contribute to a space feeling small. We recommend utilizing windows and doors for natural light and starting with fewer light fixtures. You can always add later!

Save Countertop Space

Space is of the utmost importance for an active cook in the kitchen. Start your small kitchen design by making sure your sink and stovetop are easily accessible and that you have a suitable amount of countertop space.

Despite what you may have heard, it is possible to have all the appliances you need without sacrificing all of your countertop space. You will want to research appliances that can be built into your countertop space, such as Sharp’s Micro-WAVE Drawer. This appliance will give your kitchen both a modern feel and more cooking space. Innovation is a significant factor in creating a functional small kitchen design.

We like to incorporate this same approach with other small appliances in our kitchens. When re-designing your kitchen space, consider setting aside a special hidden shelf or cabinet to tuck away other appliances that take up counter space like a toaster oven, blender, or mixer. You’ll be amazed at how this small fix can free up significant space in your kitchen. Space savers come in all shapes and sizes, so why not save countertop space by investing in a wall hanging utensil holder or additional shelving too?

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Superheated Steam Countertop Oven

The Sharp(R) Superheated Steam Countertop Oven is the start of a cooking revolution. The innovation is simply that steam can be hotter, cook better, and promote healthy living. The combination of superheated steam and conventional, radiant heat in all cooking modes means that your food will be crispy and browned on the outside, moist and delicious on the inside.

The Sharp(R) Superheated Steam Countertop Oven is a powerful, low-profile, pizzeria-style oven. Roomy enough for a 12″ pizza or 9 slices of toast, the included Broiling Pan and Crisper Tray (12.5″x12.5″) give you more cooking area than a standard quarter-size sheet pan.

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Sharp’s top-of-the-line Microwave DrawerTM features Easy Wave Open for touchless operation. Simply wave up-and-down near the motion sensor and Microwave Drawer will glide open. With the touch of a button or a gentle nudge, our patented Easy Touch Automatic Drawer System smoothly closes the oven to avoid messy spills. And the SMD2480CS Sharp(R) Microwave DrawerTM stays closed when you walk by, so children and pets won’t accidentally open it.



Focus on the design elements you prefer by removing the microwave from sightlines and enabling more design versatility. This 24 inch Microwave DrawerTM offers flexible placement options below an island, peninsula or standard cabinetry, or can be installed below your wall oven. The SMD2470AS Microwave DrawerTM allows you to showcase your design savvy and create a kitchen that flows with your lifestyle.

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Sharp’s Black Stainless Microwave DrawerTM Ovens’s rich, elegant finish is an absolute show-stopper for your dream kitchen. As a complimentary appliance in a black stainless kitchen, or a stunning design statement in any kitchen, the Sharp Black Stainless Microwave Drawer allows you to showcase your design savvy and create a premium kitchen that flows with your lifestyle.

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About Sharp Home Electronics Company of America (SHCA)

SHCA is the U.S. Consumer Products Group of Sharp Electronics Corporation, the U.S. sales subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer and manufacturer of one-of-a-kind premium technology products. SHCA includes the manufacturing of certain Home Appliances in Memphis, TN, together with the sales & marketing and servicing of Home Electronics in the United States.  Leading products include Sharp Carousel(R), Microwave DrawerTM, SuperSteam+TM ovens, and Plasmacluster(R) Ion air purifiers. Sharp Corporation was named one of the 20 Most Loved Companies globally, received a 2018 Thomson Reuters TOP 100 Global Technology Leader Award, and appears on the Forbes America’s Best Employers 2017 list.1

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