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10 Extremely Tiny Kitchens From Real Homes

These small wonders show that you don't have to sacrifice style for size!

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Photography: Dairy Darilag (Main Photo)

Condo unit kitchens, when first turned over, are usually cookie-cutter affairs with a single galley counter, base cabinets, and usually nothing else. But a kitchen—while being functional—should also be an extension of the design aesthetic of your home, especially in open kitchens, which are the norm in condo units.

Let your imagination run wild, and get big ideas from these small kitchens:

Pass-through window


The kitchen in the 60sqm unit is separated as a room from the living areas, but isn’t enclosed. A pass-through window enables easier service of meals, and doesn’t obscure the unit’s focal point: an exuberant green wall in the dining area.

READ: An Instagram-Worthy 60sqm Condo Unit In Makati

Sleek and minimalist


The tiny kitchen in this dramatically minimalist Quezon City condo is equally sleek and sophisticated. “The unit has a minimalist aesthetic. We opted for handle-less cabinets for a seamless look,” says Diana de Castro of Stayhome Asia. “Since most of our guests are short-term visitors, we didn’t see the need for a big kitchen, just an open layout.”

READ: A 70sqm Minimalist Loft-Type Unit

A designer nook


Marco Torres filled his compact kitchen with designer kitchen gadgets, such as Philippe Starck’s Juicy Salif lemon juicer, Michael Graves’s iconic whistling kettle. He also covered the backsplash in stainless steel; the reflective surface makes the space look bigger. The ash-brown kitchen cabinets are from ALNB Modular at CW Home Depot, Ortigas.

READ: A Major Renovation Turned This 65sqm Unit Into A Gallery-Inspired Home

All-black


We’ve seen all-white kitchens in many condo units, but this is the first time we’ve seen an all-black one! Black laminate cabinets, black subway tiles, and even a black mini-ref complete the edgy space.

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READ: Comfy Industrial Style For A 27sqm Unit

Island life


While browsing online, homeowner Mitzie Ty came upon a furniture supplier from Pampanga  (Brent and Nina Sash Factory, mobile 0906-319-9905), who custom-built her kitchen island. The island adds extra prep and dining space to her condo kitchen.

READ: Pinterest-Worthy Details Complete This 60sqm Condo Unit

Dining ledge


Interior designer Nikki Audine made this tiny kitchen functional with enough storage, and she was able to squeeze in a narrow dining ledge by the window. It can also act as extra prep space.

READ: A Charming 26sqm Unit You Can Rent on Airbnb

Room for a breakfast counter


In another condo unit done by Nikki, the designer added a cantilevered dining countertop to the single-counter kitchen. A narrow, floor-to-ceiling mirror next to it tricks the eye into thinking it’s a bigger space. 

READ: A Loft Exists In This 21sqm Condo Unit

French door cabinets


To match the European theme of this home, designer Van Acuña Solana installed French-type cabinet doors in the kitchen. She knocked out an opening for a pass-through/breakfast nook to make the tiny kitchen look more airy. A magnetic board panel was put up for the homeowner’s enormous collection of kitchen magnets from her trips abroad.

READ: This Charming Condo Will Transport You To Paris

Quirky touches


Designer Twenty Muñoz livened up landscape architect Karla Rey’s galley kitchen by coating one wall in chalkboard paint, for the homeowner’s lists and scribbles. If you look closely at the lighting fixture, it’s actually a kitchen colander that Twenty turned into a lamp.

READ: A 28sqm Condo Unit In Taguig With Fun, Indusrial Touches

Creative DIY


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Bien Po loves to experiment with recipes in his kitchen, and he experiments on his kitchen as well. His compact, subway-tile-lined kitchen is filled with DIY creations and collectibles, such as chalkboard doors and walls, pallet pot hangers, and a collection of calipers the doctor bought at a flea market in the US.

READ: A 46sqm New York-Inspired Space

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