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5 Tiny Kitchens Found in Real Homes

Don't let a compact cooking space stop you from making it extra pretty and functional

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Photography: Dairy Darilag (Main Photo)

While some settle for a simple look when working with tiny kitchens, there are those who don’t let the small space limit their creativity. Some of the homes we’ve featured showcase picture-perfect cooking areas complete with smart storage solutions and impeccable style. If you also have a small kitchen in your space, we’ve rounded up five inspiring cooking nooks that will surely motivate you to work on an upgrade or two.

1. When sprucing up your tiny kitchen with backsplash, you don't always have to install tiles. Stick-on tiles are more affordable and easier to install. Take your cue from this compact kitchen—the designers opted to use mosaic stick-on tiles to liven it up without spending much.


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2. In this unit designed by architect Ivy Tablante-Darilag, the kitchen has a charming feel with cement tiles defining the wall, a glass splashback in green adding a refreshing vibe. In decorating your cooking area, you may want to invest in tiles as accents or pick an accent color to create a cohesive look. If you love green, you can add accessories in the said color and even add potted plants as part of the decor, too.


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3. In any small nook, maximizing the available vertical space is a must. Aside from installing rods to organize towels and utensils, you can have a pegboard in one wall as well. This can be used to organize pots and pans as seen in the photo below. You may want to display some of your colorful pieces to create an instant wall art.


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4. When installing tiles, you don't have to settle for ordinary patterns. Make your subway tiles shine and achieve an interesting look by opting for a herringbone pattern as seen in this kitchen designed by interior designer Nikki Audine. The final look definitely complements the pastel colors in the unit.


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5. For your overhead cabinets, you have the option of using wood, metal, and other surprising alternatives. For a budget-friendly option, you can have cabinets completed with steel mesh, an affordable alternative to glass. Since you can instantly see what's inside the cabinets, you will be motivated to keep it organized—the same rule applies to open shelves.


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READ: 6 Photos That Will Inspire You To Organize Your Kitchen Shelves

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